Brenda Leeuwenberg

Brenda Leeuwenberg

A digital strategist with a strong agency background, Brenda has extensive experience with the creative sector, having recently been the Head of Digital and Innovation at NZ On Air. She now keeps the Nomad8 machine running smoothly and applies some coaching magic to a few select clients.

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The "new" new ways of working are not normal

Apr 13, 2020

We’re over the halfway mark of our initial lockdown period and there’s been a dramatic series of pivots going on as people and organisations re-evaluate what’s important, what their business needs to survive, and how to keep people busy and productive. The irony of there really being ‘new ways of w... continue reading

Check yourself listening

Dec 01, 2019

I’ve been meeting new people lately, work-related. And one of my pet peeves has resurfaced with a vengeance… people who don’t listen. Not just not listening, but basically just waiting for their opportunity to jump into the conversation and talk about their angle on whatever I just raised, as if the... continue reading

The lowdown on JAFAC 2019

Oct 08, 2019

What is JAFAC? Born out of a desire to attend a conference full of speakers we really would like to hear from, the Nomad8 team decided to create the event we craved. JAFAC is a relatively small but carefully crafted conference that brings together ten speakers, 120 people, and creates plenty of (Ope... continue reading

The Agile Bandwagon

Dec 12, 2018

Although it’s been around for a really long time, Agile is still the newcomer on the scene for some organisations. But like the snowball rolling down the hill – it’s been growing larger and gathering momentum for some time – (and picking up all kinds of shit along the way) attracting more attention... continue reading

Just Another F&#king Agile Conference - #JAFAC2018

Jul 03, 2018

It’s the little conference that could, and has. A few years ago the people of Nomad8 decided to create the agile conference that we’d want to go to, as there really wasn’t another option that met our needs. We wanted a conference with diverse speakers, who would spark our imaginations, talk about i... continue reading

Just Another F’ing Agile Conference

Mar 16, 2017

It’s a funny thing, the Agile world. Globally accepted as the right and logical way to do things most of the time, it is still pretty much in the ramping up phase in Aotearoa. Nomad8 started out in 2007 as a group of people who loved Agile and who wanted to share that love with people and organisati... continue reading

Happy New Year from Nomad8

Dec 16, 2015

Thank you for being part of our extended whanau, friends and partners this past year! We’ve had a hugely busy and exciting year and we thought we’d jump on the newsletter bandwagon and tell you about a few of the things we’ve been doing. Nomads Emigrate, Immigrate and MigrateIn February we moved our... continue reading

Making Agile work for the client

May 22, 2013

Working Agile in the client-vendor context is not always an experience filled with joy and achievement. It can be daunting, frustrating, expensive and unrewarding - as much as it can be productive, useful, involving and successful. Working with Agile with internal teams can be challenging enough, bu... continue reading

Taking Personal Kanban to the World

Jul 08, 2012

Round 2! All is not lost. Moving right along from the children’s book publishing no-go concept, on which I spent a fair amount of time planning and preparing, startup idea #2 is already out the door and up and running in less than a month. Stemming from an initiative that emerged at Snapper while Sa... continue reading

Knowing when to call it quits

Jun 24, 2012

My startup idea has been on my mind for at least ten years. However it has only been recently that the congruence of technology and time made it possible for me to try it out. The idea has evolved over the last ten years and I have had many conversations with people about it during that time. No one... continue reading

Passion as a Priority

Mar 24, 2012

The driving force behind why people start startups is likely to vary wildly across different industries and types of business. For many it’s the promise of lucrative return - from sales of product or selling their eventual company. For some it’s the burning desire to fill a perceived gap in the mar... continue reading