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Eelco Rustenburg

Eelco Rustenburg is Partner at Blinklane Consulting and Gladwell Academy.
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I'm very impressed with the quality of the trainer. Eelco is very knowledgable and experienced, but moreover you can tell he is enjoying the training. His experience is an added value as theory is enriched with concrete examples. To me it was a pleasant experience that I will remember with great joy.


Eelco Rustenburg is an extremely great coach/trainer; I was impressed by his knowledge and real-world examples of how RTE-activities can be done. It was a lot of information to cover in 3 days but Eelco succeeded in keeping the energy up. All in all, I can only describe the course as very good. The location (close to public transport) was also great; the room might have been a little bigger with 20 people attending and everything (including snacks, fruit, coffee & lunch) was very well catered.


The trainers were very good, specially Eelco Rustenburg. The worked as a great team to deliver the course together. Although we had long session, time passed by quickly.

Philips Lighting

I liked the non-linear approach, unconventional. The gentle pressure to get out of the comfort zone. The surprise factor aiding in the process of owning the stuff that needs to be learned. It helps me connect the facts with the physical position (e.g. we had to team up with colleagues), some example or exercise. But the thing I like the most is the deep humanity that Eelco shows, the kind but still determined push towards independent thinking and reasoning, empowerment to use own capabilities. In that sense Eelco is a real "guru".


Eelco Rustenburg is Partner at Blinklane Consulting and Gladwell Academy.

Eelco is certified SPCT (SAFe Program Consultant Trainer), Agile Master and is a well-known Agilist in the community. He has written the top100 book in The Netherlands on Scrum: “The power of Scrum”, which has been translated in 4 languages. Eelco has been at the front of the Agile community for more than 15 years now. He has helped Philips in its transformation to Scrum and Agile, where he worked with the Agile Center of Excellence and trained more than 1000 people. Currently Eelco accompanies an Agile/SAFe transformation at ASML.

With an impressive list aimed at large businesses, (senior) management and program/project management, Eelco is renowned for his Agile workshops. He is also known speaker at both in-house and public events. Recent events include: CIO Day in Holland, ALE2011 in Berlin, JFall in Holland diverse business events at Rabobank, Agile consortium, Nationale-Nederlanden, Essent, Achmea SAP, and XPDays (Madrid).

Eelco is an Agile management thinker, program manager for change programs and creative thought leader for Agile practices, principles and behavior. His ability to change mindsets alongside process and structure is valuable for any large change program.

Since July 2017, Eelco is the first Dutchman to be accredited as an official SPCT. This allows him to train SAFe Program Consultants (SPC5.1).

Eelco is an experienced speaker at conferences and events.

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