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Empirical Management Explored: Evidence-Based Management for Software Organizations

- Gunther Verheyen
in Community Publications

The complexity and the creative nature of software development make it a highly fascinating, yet quite unpredictable business. Scrum employs empiricism, systematic inspection and adaptation, to deal with the unpredictability typical to software development. The empirical process is a much better fit...


‘Evidence-Based Management’ for Software Organizations

- Gunther Verheyen
in Resources

‘Evidence-Based Management’ for software organizations promotes evidence-based decision-making in the managerial domain to create a more sustainable business through improved services in turbulent markets and businesses. Scrum.org, which has Scrum as its DNA and empiricism as guiding pr...


Measuring Success, Measuring Value

- Gunther Verheyen
in Resources

The aim to deliver valuable software is a great, core principle of the agile movement. The difficulty however is that ‘value’ in itself is hardly quantifiable. Yet, I do believe it is imperative to think in terms of value in software development and therefore overcome some fluffiness att...


A smart travel companion to Scrum

- Gunther Verheyen
in Community Blogfeed

Scrum is not a goal in itself, Scrum is a mean. Scrum is a path that a person, a team, an organization takes toward increased competitiveness, higher responsiveness, more learning, more creativity, optimistic opportunism, a sustainable way of working, restored respect for people. Scrum is a journey ...

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Scrum: Tactics for a Purpose

- Gunther Verheyen
in Community Blogfeed

The purpose of Scrum is to help people inspect & adapt, to provide transparency to the work being undertaken, to know reality to base decisions on, to adjust, to adapt, to change, to gain flexibility. The rules, principles and roles of the framework, as described in the Scrum Guid...

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The Value of the Product Backlog

- Gunther Verheyen
in Community Blogfeed

It is often said that the Product Backlog must capture all requirements. However, the Product Backlog is not a replacement for the old requirements list. This would limit it to a new name for an old habit. The value of the Product Backlog lies not in precision, in detail or in perfection, like the r...


Scrum: Framework, not methodology

- Gunther Verheyen
in Community Blogfeed

The term ‘Scrum’ was first used by Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka, 2 acknowledged management thinkers, in their ground-breaking 1986 paper “The New New Product Development Game“. They borrowed the name from the game of rugby to stress the importance of teams in complex ...

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Scrum Values

- Gunther Verheyen
in Community Blogfeed

Scrum is not a methodology. Scrum is a process, but of a non-repeatable kind. Scrum is a framework of rules, roles and principles that helps people and organizations emerge their real process, specific and fitting to their time and context. Scrum is a light and simple base that wraps existing produc...

Tags: Scrum, Teams, Behavior

Ways to Play Scrum

- Gunther Verheyen
in Community Blogfeed

In our Professional Scrum classes we also talk about the topics of User Stories, Planning Poker and (Daily) Stand-up meetings. Some attendants have never heard of it. Some have never practiced it. Some are convinced, or have been instructed, that Scrum says these are mandatory to do.


Impediments (and where to find them)

- Gunther Verheyen
in Community Blogfeed

Probably the most known purpose (task) of a Scrum Master is to remove impediments. If that is reassuring: it’s even described in the Scrum Guide. A Scrum Master is indeed ‘officially’ expected to remove impediments to development and to the Development Team’s progress.

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ING: Capturing agility via Scrum at a large Dutch bank

- Gunther Verheyen
in Community Publications

For reasons of competitiveness the delivery of IT services of Amir Arooni's department (CIO of the Solution Delivery Center for Channels at ING NL) needed fundamental improvements. A small project revealed that the existing, waterfall, working methods and organization structures of the cha...


Fixed Price bids. An open invitation to bribe, cajole, lie and cheat.

- Gunther Verheyen
in Community Blogfeed

A frequently recurring question is on the combination of agile and fixed price bids (and contracts). Here are my thoughts: I have an opinion...


Agility can’t be planned

- Gunther Verheyen
in Community Blogfeed

I have been fortunate. I have been involved in some larger scale Scrum transformations. I have learned much. I have much to learn. Here are some basics that are fundamental to set the right expectations for a enterprise Scrum transformation. I will relentlessly repeat and remind these. Because in...


Pair Programming Is A Good Software Development Practice

- Gunther Verheyen
in Community Blogfeed

Agile is not only about the ‘process’ we follow to build software products. Agility is not just achieved by following a method. Agile is also about the behavior we show while creating software products. But agile is certainly also about the software craftsmanshipwe show in...


Yes, we do Scrum. And…

- Gunther Verheyen
in Community Blogfeed

The Scrum Guide describes the basic rules of the game of Scrum. You can easily detect whether you are doing Scrum. It takes no more than 9 questions. If you can answer every question with a ‘Yes’, you are doing Scrum. Congratulations. We got rid of the “ScrumBut” expressions....

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