Monthly spotlight on Lasse Borris Sørensen
12 April 2019
Posted by: Abi Walker
Each month our Head of Content, Abi Walker, interviews a member of the Agile Business Consortium community. For April's spotlight interview, we have the Ambassador for Denmark, Lasse Borris Sørensen.
How long have you been an Ambassador for Agile Business Consortium?
A little more than one year.
What's your current job title?
CEO and agile coach.
How would you describe your role to a child?
I have the best job in the World, because I help others have a good time and make great things happen. Often helping them achieve greater things then they imagined they could.
Before working at your current company, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I spent two months as a life guard for underprivileged children from New York, who had been given a vacation in the countryside, North of the city.
How did you come to agile/business agility?
As a production engineer, my entire career has focused on optimisation and for some time, I worked with LEAN. In those days I met someone who worked with agile, which was also a way of optimising, but not in an operations context (which I honestly do not fancy too much). Agile was a kind of optimisation in a development context. I love both optimisation and creation of new things, so I immediately liked agile.
What is your understanding of business agility?
It is incredibly useful and will hopefully help many individuals, teams, departments, companies, cities and even countries thrive.
What’s the first thing you do when you start the workday?
With customers I typically make a Kanban based program for the day. When I am not with customers, I turn the page of my table calendar. View the online version here.
What Agile techniques do you use in your day to day life?
Kanban. My wife is very patient and flexible, so when we moved to our current house, I plastered the fridge with yellow To Dos. It helped me. She didn’t care!
What do you enjoy doing out of work?
Being with my wife and our three kids. 0, 2 and 4 years.
Tell us a random fact about you?
I did my military service together with the Danish Crown Prince, Frederik. During an exercise, he had to pretend he strangled me, and I had to get loose. Afterwards, I pretended I strangled Frederik. Not many people have tried that.
Tell us an interesting fact about your country's culture?
Someone once made a survey which concluded that Danes are the most trustful people on the globe (in each other, in companies and in the society). This may be one of the reasons why agile is so popular here.
What is your motto or personal mantra?
I want to make the World a better place. Agile is an important means for me to contribute.
Travel guides. I really like to travel and to learn about new places and cultures.
Lasse is among the first agile professionals in Denmark, considered an agile expert in Denmark and internationally. Since 2008, Lasse has specialised in complex agile projects for large and medium sized organisations based on primarily DSDM, PRINCE2 and positive psychology.
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