Program Director, the Agile Alliance’s initiative “Supporting Agile Adoption“ | Manager Special Projects, Ericsson

Hendrik Esser

Hendrik Esser is a senior transformation expert, driver and catalyst with more than 20 years of leadership experience at Ericsson. He is also internationally active in communities advancing business agility across industries.

Hendrik is continuously exploring new ways to create better results and greater organizations.

That journey started when he joined Ericsson in Germany in 1994 as a SW developer. Soon his passion brought him to a leadership career from being a Technical Coordinator through project management, project office management, portfolio- and technology management towards being the “COO” of one of Ericsson’s large, internationally distributed development units with over 8000 people. In 2008 he was a key driver to the agile transition of a large organization.

Through this engagement he became a recognized and sought expert not only in the Ericsson enterprise transformation, but also a strong contributor to the international agile community, exchanging and expanding knowledge and spreading agile mindset across industries. Part of his time he also works as a trainer for Product Development Leadership within Ericsson.

In parallel to his work at Ericsson, he is – as a volunteer – Program Director of the Agile Alliance’s initiative “Supporting Agile Adoption”. He has worked together with ICAgile on Learning Roadmaps for agile Finance. Also, he is an internationally active speaker at numerous conferences and company events on agile product development, HR and project management since 2012.

Twitter: @HendrikEsser


“Context matters: The agile way to effectively managing budgets and risks“

Agile? Lean? Design thinking? Six Sigma? Waterfall? Which approach is the most effective one fitting your organization’s and business’s context? And what are the implications on budgeting and risk management?

In this talk you will get an overview of what fits when. You will learn about the difference between Agile and agility, and you will understand the key characteristics, that drive your decision for a certain approach.