We chatted with the ‘RTE of the year' in 2020, Joris Van Doorn, to get a sneak peek of what to expect from this event, created for the vibrant RTE community. Joris, RTE at ASML, will bring more than 20 years of experience in complex software and system environments to the table at the upcoming RTE Summit. As the RTE of 2020, part of Joris’ role is to inspire this year’s audience with his expertise and knowledge. He is excited to share his drive to unite, coach, and guide fantastic talents into high-performing, Agile feature teams to maximize value delivery.
Initiating conversations with feature teams
“My presentation will cover feature teams in the spheres of hardware and software, with an emphasis on how to facilitate collaboration between those two sides. I have experiences to share about my ARTs, as we have feature teams working together in a really complex hybrid hardware and software environment,” says Joris.
His vision for the role of RTEs as servant leaders includes paving a path to success that can be easily implemented within every unique RTE’s own team. Furthermore, he believes the RTE has a responsibility to initiate and facilitate healthy conversations among team members.
“We have to be very responsive to nonverbal communication and simply ask people how they are doing. Once, instead of organizing a spectral depth analysis, we just decided to go for a 2.5 kilometer walk with a small group of the ARTs. It gave people a chance to be with each other in a low pressure, comfortable setting. By organizing a walk, an afternoon of drinks, or another lowkey social activity, you can bring people together and get a feel for how they’re doing. That allows you to inspire people to bring quality and deliver value,” shares Joris.
Challenges of working from home
A lack of social interaction and relaxed conversations in the office were just a fraction of the numerous challenges that were born after the shift towards remote work started in 2020. Team leads needed to think quickly, as that aspect of the workplace had to be adapted to an online environment within each organization.
“As RTEs, we dealt with the impacts of Covid by sharing ideas, knowledge, and experience to keep our trains running, despite all the difficult circumstances. Now, we'll slowly start going back to the office, and I’m really looking forward to it,” celebrates Joris.
Since ASML works with both software and hardware components of systems, the company also faced obstacles pertaining to the physical aspects of work.
“When you’re working with hardware, you need to really be able to have the materials directly in front of you. So, when I had the chance, I would walk around the office, taking pictures of all the hardware, just so I could easily reference those images whenever I needed to during a project,” says Joris.