Dear conference and event organizers, often I get asked for my personal bio, a recente picture and a list of talks I could possibly do at you event. On this page you will find my bio, some recent pictures to choose from, and a list of talks I currently do at international events. I hope this helps.


Sander Hoogendoorn

Independent software craftsman

Sander Hoogendoorn is a dad, an independent consultant, software craftsman, architect, programmer, coach, speaker, trainer and writer. He is seasoned in agile, Scrum, Kanban, continuous delivery, (no) software estimation, agile requirements, design patterns, domain driven design, UML, software architecture, microservices, and writing beautiful code.

Sander changes organizations and teams and coaches them to optimize their processes, practices, architecture, code and tests, currently as chief technology officer at ANVA, previously as global agile thoughtleader at Capgemini. Sander authored best-selling books such as Microservices. A practical guide, The Continuous Culture, This Is Agile and Pragmatic Modeling with UML and published hundreds of articles in international magazines. He is an inspiring (keynote) speaker at international conferences, he presented hundreds of (in-house) training courses and lectured at many universities.

Sander is well known for his enthusiasm and motivational capabilities, innovative skills, team building, deep knowledge of the field, quick adaptation, broad vision, and collaborative skills. An open personality, eager, driven, out-of-the-box thinker. He is not afraid of trying out new paths and techniques and has never been a nine-to-fiver. Having new ideas is a 24/7 process.

Sander Hoogendoorn (in short)

Independent software craftsman

Sander is a dad, an independent consultant, software architect, programmer, speaker and writer. He coaches teams and helps improve architectures and code. He’s written books on agile, UML, and web tools, and published many articles. Sander is an inspiring (keynote) speaker at international conferences on topics such as agile, Scrum, continuous delivery, software estimation, agile requirements, modeling, patterns, software architectures, microservices, and web, Java and .NET development.


My current talks

It’s a small world after all

How thinking small is changing software development big time

The world is changing fast. More precisely, the world is changing at increasing speed. This means things that were not possibly five years ago come into reach. Incumbent organizations need to adopt fast to keep up with new competitors that use new technologies easier, faster and better than they do. As a result, every aspect of software changes towards smaller. Even smaller teams or even micro-teams, less management, flatter organizations, even shorter cycles and smaller components.

During this energizing and high-paced talk Sander discusses the Cynefin model, shows why software development goes so terribly wrong, how to move beyond Scrum and enterprise agile, why self-organization is not as easy as it looks like, why continuous delivery leads to not doing projects or estimates anymore and why microservices are hard, but essential as underlying foundation.

In short (<500 characters)

Our world changes at increasing speed. Things that weren’t possible 5 years ago come into reach. Incumbents need to adept to match start-ups. We evolve towards smaller, faster, shorter. Smaller teams or even micro-teams, flat organizations, no management, even shorter cycles, smaller components. During this inspiring talk Sander discusses Cynefin, how development goes wrong, how to go beyond Scrum, why self-organization is hard, why continuous delivery allows you to stop doing projects.


This talk serves and has served well as an inspirational (opening) keynote.

Welcome to the world of micro-apps

How to get the most of front-end microservices using Angular and Typescript

Microservices have been around since a few years, and many organizations are starting to benefit from these autonomous, independently deployable and easy maintainable small blocks of code. However, if you examine some of the popular definitions of microservices, we are still building a single application as a suite of small services.

During this talk Sander Hoogendoorn will explain and demonstrate how front-end development can also benefit from building it in small autonomous, independently deployable blocks of code, instead of implementing a single monolithic web application. Of course, Sander will use many code examples in Java, Angular and Typescript (and probably some live coding) to illustrate even better how to build micro-applications similar to your microservices.

In short (< 500 characters)

Microservices have been around for a few years. Many organizations benefit from these autonomous, independently deployable and easy maintainable blocks of code. However, in most projects we still build a single application op top of these services. This talk demonstrates how front-end development can also benefit from building in small autonomous, independently deployable micro-apps, instead of building a single monolithic web application. With many code examples in Angular and Typescript.


Nice front-end technical talk with code examples and possibly live coding in Angular and Typescript.

Do or don’t. There’s no try. Or is there?

The power of monads explained. Sort of

One of the great things about being a programmer is that you never stop learning. Even after having programmed for almost 35 years, I still improve on the way I write code. Recently the way I write code changed once again when I started to apply monads and especially the Try class.

During a recent project, my team created a small library that ports the behavior of the Scala Try monad. Although at first this new monad didn't appeal to me, I soon really started to appreciate this style of programming, where we concatenate series of Map() and FlatMap() methods, using lambda’s, and avoiding abundant try-catch blocks, and many if statements and null checks.

In the meantime, I have contaminated many programmers with this style. Developers make it a sport to always start every method with a return statement. During this talk I’ll discuess lambda’s, closures and monads, and demonstrate the power of this simple monad, using many code examples (in Java, C# and TypeScript). Don't hesitate to join in.

In short

As a programmer you never stop learning. Recently the way I code changed dramatically when I consciously started to apply monads, starting with a port of Scala’s powerful Try monad. During this talk I’ll discuss lambda’s, closures and monads, and build of a simple Maybe monad, demonstrating the power of monads, using many code examples (in Java, C# and TypeScript). Don't hesitate to join in.

Flow: the worst software development approach in history

Together with Kim van Wilgen, Head of IT at ANVA

Ever since we started writing code in the fifties of the previous century, managers and project managers have tried to discipline and structure the way we work. However, no matter how many consultants and coaches are hired to implement increasingly complex process frameworks and methodologies, developers and testers always come up with new simplistic approaches.

During this talk, Kim and Sander will feal with Flow: the worst software development methodology in the history ever, taking inspiration from the worst principles and practices from methodologies such as waterfall, RUP, Scrum, Kanban, Lean, BDD, LeSS , SAFe, Spotify and of course everything continuous. Don't let project failure take you by surprise, be certain!

How micro-teams change the way we collaborate. Again.

Introducing the next evolution of autonomous collaboration

Over the years the way projects and teams operate in software development has changed quite a bit. From projects were teams were sliced vertically per discipline, to multi-disciplinary teams in agile approaches and frameworks. Now, as a consequence of increasing velocity, DevOps, DevSecOps and continuous delivery, we are on the move again. In Sander's vision, teams that will be even smaller than in agile, and much more fluent.

Sander has been experimenting with collaboration in teams for years, and refers to this next evolution of collaboration as micro-teams. This talk illustrates how doing projects and product development can benefit from having pools of these ever-evolving and self-organizing micro-teams and how to get there with backlogs, autonomy and less rules.

Forty two months of microservices

Stairway to heaven or highway to hell?

Microservices are the current hype. Websites are full of introducing posts, books are being written and conferences organized. There’s big promises of scalability and flexibility. However, when you are knee deep in mud as an architect, developer or tester, it’s hard to find out how to get there.

Sander Hoogendoorn, independent craftsman and Chief Technology Officer at ANVA, discusses the long and winding road his recent projects, both greenfield and brownfield, have travelled towards microservices and continuous delivery. Sander addresses polyglot persistence, DDD, bounded contexts, modeling HTTP/REST, doing API design, continuous delivery, build pipelines and many lessons learned, using many real-life examples.

Beyond breaking bad

The current state of agile in ten easy lessons

After having coached iterative and agile projects for almost twenty years, author, craftsman and independent consultant Sander Hoogendoorn, looks back on what agile, Scrum, Kanban, XP and other agile approaches have brought us in real-life. In his well-known, high-speed style Sander will motivate why agile is dead, why you need to stay away from Scrum task-boards, how to stay away from estimates and deadlines, the law of large numbers, how to avoid red sprints, how to put your trust in metrics, how to draw owls, that projects are waste, and most of all that you are not Usain Bolt and last-but-not-least he will explain why you should stop doing projects, but focus on roadmaps and minimal viable projects!

In short

After coaching agile for over fifteen years, Sander looks back on what agile and Scrum have brought us in real-life. Sander will motivate why agile is dead, why to stay away from Scrum boards, how to stay out of estimates and deadlines, how to avoid red sprints, how to draw an owl, shows that project managers are not a total waste after all, and that you are not Usain Bolt.


This talk has served well as (opening) keynote to quite a number of agile and development conferences.