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Full name

Gunther Verheyen

Job Director of the Professional series
email gunther [dot] verheyen [at] scrum [dot] org
Skypeid Ullizee
Company Scrum.org
City (Country) Antwerp
Time 45'
Type of Conference Conference > 100 attendees
Level Everybody

Evidence-Based Management


Gunther Verheyen (gunther.verheyen@scrum.org ) ventured into IT and software development after graduating in 1992. His Agile journey started with eXtreme Programming and Scrum in 2003. Years of dedication followed, of working with several teams and organizations, of using Scrum in diverse circumstances. Building on the experience gained, Gunther became the driving force behind some large-scale enterprise transformations. Gunther is a partner to Ken Schwaber, Scrum co-creator, at Scrum.org. He is Professional Scrum trainer and directs the series of ‘Professional Scrum” products of Scrum.org. He shepherds classes, trainers, courseware and assessments. He co-created the ‘Evidence-Based Management’ framework of Scrum.org to help organizations improve their agility. In 2013 Gunther published a ‘smart travel companion’ to Scrum, his highly appraised book “Scrum – A Pocket Guide.” Gunther lives in Antwerp (Belgium) with his wife Natascha, and their children Ian, Jente and Nienke. Find Gunther on Twitter as @ullizee or read more of his musings on Scrum on his personal blog, http://guntherverheyen.com.


During the first decade of agile, its adoption has grown incredibly. But the dependence of businesses and society on software has increased even more. Software is eating the world. The survival and prosperity of many people and organizations depend on software. Complexity and unpredictability continue to increase. Yet, many organizations are stuck with old thinking like productivity, performance and blindly pushing more requirements out to the market. The focus of managing has not shifted to optimizing the VALUE that the software brings to the organization. The urgency to do so grows. The agile movement has left the act of managing largely unaddressed or -at least- under-focused. The agile values and spirit are more needed than ever, but it's time to include management in the empirical thinking. Gunther Verheyen directs the Professional Series at Scrum.org and is a partner of Ken Schwaber, Scrum co-creator. Gunther and Ken have developed a view on management in an agile context, "Evidence-Based Management" (EBM). EBM has its roots in medical practice and promotes evidence-based decision-making in the managerial domain of software. In his presentation Gunther will look at the state of agile through the lens of EBM, and introduce how to apply its principles in a context of software. If no evidence is collected on the value of software, informed management decisions to maximize it cannot be made. Software development deserves a professional way of managing, a way of managing that is more than mere intuition, opinion and position.



Benefits for the attendees

Gunther will try to inspire participant by looking beyond what has become the widespread interpretation of agile: - Participants will be challenged on their understanding of agile, and the purpose of agile at a business and management level. - Participants will be challenged to shift their focus from how the development work is done, to the outcome of the work, and its impact on the market. - Participants will get an insight into a possible future of agile, the future of agile in its next decade of existence.

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