Hello, I'm
Jan Van Der Burgt
The basics you should know about me are ...

I am passionate about product strategy and product management.
I am full of energy when I get to organize engaging sessions to come up with ideas, roadmaps, solutions for improving the "as-is" situation.

I coach Product Owners to enhance their skills and focus on Outcomes.

I am teaching two courses (Start-up Strategy and Design Thinking) at Karel de Grote university college in Antwerp.

Beyond work, I’m really passionate about ...

I am a huge outdoor enthousiast. I like riding my All-Terrain Bike and doing hikes.

Since my teenage years I have been a music addict.
I never really left the punkrock phase so I am still exploring the edgy musice styles.
Over the years my music taste broadened however It still coincides somewhere between The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Parkway Drive.

*to be honest last year I did this on fewer occasions than I'dd like to admit,
It's not always easy to leave the house for 4-8 hours having two small kids at home.

My absolute requirements to do great work are ...


Espresso or Cappuccino depending on the time of the day.

Besides that I need to Get a thorough understanding of the needs of the project I am working on and a clear overview of the results of our work.
Don't worry if I ask a lot of questions. It is essential for me to know and to check if the assumptions I am making are valid.

I prefer open shared calendars over seeing vague blocks.

My best working patterns look like ...

I have two modes of working:

Headphones off: Feel free to ask me anything.

Headphones on: Please respect my focus time.

I am an Early Bird.
If i would describe an ideal working day it would look like this

05.00-07.00: I Love doing some focus work in the early hours
07.00-09.00: Getting our kids ready and cycle them to school
09.00-17.00: General working day
17.00-19.00: Entertain and feed our kids

General working day hours may differ from day to day
however I try to optimize my working hours in such a way I can be present as a Dad as much as I can and still get as much work done as needed.

The best way to give me feedback is …

Just Tell me!
I am continuesly looking how to up my game.
And more than often I will be asking for feedback myself.
If if forget please point me in the right direction.

I am found of the 'Grow and Glow' way of formulating feedback. Specific and to the point.
To me feedback is info that should help you (back) on the right track otherwise it are just comments.

The stages of a project I work best at include …

I like initiating projects.
Brainstorming on problem definitions and possible ways to overcome these.
Getting together to come up with ideas on how to tackle challenges
Turning those ideas into a strategy

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