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About Rob Vens

Rob VensThrough object-oriented programming (in Smalltalk/V), simulations, modelling business processes, teaching (in OO, Software Analysis and Design, Design Patterns, and later architecture trainings and masterclasses), all kinds of consultancy assignments and quality audits, I am where I am now: an independent consultant who has learned a little about organisations and “people who do things”.

I am an impassioned person, although it is a bit strange to say about yourself. As if others aren’t.

Making connections is my main theme. That is where my passion goes to. I use tools and techniques, but not the other way round. I am very happy to be able to apply that theme in my other “role”: that of a mediator. As a mediator I help people resolve conflicts in a way that usually helps and benefits all involved parties.

For my contact info, go to Contact.

My public key can be found on “Rob Vens public key”.



This is the website of Rob Vens. What can you find here?
  • Articles about Enterprise Architecture and Mediation. Many articles are constantly revised to reflect growing insights, so the original publishing date is not always important :-)
  • My blog, "from the Wierde" referring to the place I live, a Groningen wierde (mound). Blog articles are shorter and usually not modified after being published.
I hope interested visitors do not hesitate to comment and take part in the discussions. I wish you fun and inspiration reading my writings.
I am founder and owner of  reflektis — consultancy, training, coaching and mediation. Visit reflektis for more information about the services I provide.

This site is bilingual: English and Dutch (use the selectors in the top right), but many articles are in one language only (either Dutch or English). The site is optimised to read on mobile devices.


Blog articles

  • Round instead of square 17 December 2014
    This is a typical artefact from an architect: It consists of the typical modelling constructs found in those work products from architects: squares, blocks, rectangular things stacked on each other.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The need for clarity 24 July 2014
    In the Netherlands we have this saying when we want to describe how we “translate” complex documents in esoteric language for a larger audience: “Jip en Janneke taal” (the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Everyone’s an architect 14 July 2014
    You may encounter people who say: “I’m an architect.” I usually respond with: “Everyone’s an architect.” Why? An architect is not a label for a specific kind of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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