Jurgen de Smet

Simplification Officers

Jurgen de Smet

Simplification Officers

Biography

Jurgen De Smet has a rare and proven gift guiding the simplification of operational structures and processes by removing all different kinds of complexities holding back talented people to rise to the challenges ahead.

Simplification means addressing different kinds of complexity:

  • Horizontal complexity- consolidating functions across the enterprise, growing highly effective cross functional teams
  • Vertical complexity – shedding obsolete roles, layers and reporting structures in order for fast decision making and increased flexibility
  • Spatial complexity – preparing distributed and remote teams for success, digital is in his genes
  • Technical complexity – removing technical debt by decoupling, XP and DevOps practices, growing products instead of building them

He has taken companies in the most risk-averse, regulated industries and made them rock star achievers of sustainable innovation. His hard-hitting introductions to systems thinking, Lean and Agile have had senior and middle managers brand new to these ideas swiftly surrender to the value they deliver and soon unable to conceive of working any other way.

Yet the core of Jurgen’s leadership is not adherence to any particular methodologies but a voracious and contagious passion for results. Instead of adhering to some fixed framework or methodology where compliance to those replaces the real benefits, he creates students of the system to enable all involved to come up with emergent solutions, and come out ahead of competition.