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Gunther Verheyen

  

Independent Scrum Caretaker, Ullizee-Inc

Location: Antwerp, Belgium

Biography

Gunther is an independent Scrum Caretaker; a connector, writer, speaker, humaniser.

Gunther Verheyen is a longtime Scrum practitioner (2003). He ventured into IT and software development after graduating in 1992. His Agile journey started with eXtreme Programming and Scrum in 2003. As from 2010 Gunther became the inspiring force behind some large-scale enterprise transformations. In 2013 Gunther partnered with Ken Schwaber, Scrum co-creator, at Scrum.org.

Gunther left Scrum.org in 2016 to further his journey of Scrum as an independent Scrum Caretaker. Gunther is consolidating over a decade of experience, ideas, beliefs and observations of Scrum in re.vers.ify, a way for people to re.imagine their Scrum in order to ultimately re.imagine their organisation.

In 2013 Gunther published his much-praised book “Scrum – A Pocket Guide”, also available in Dutch (“Scrum Wegwijzer”) and in German (“Scrum Taschenbuch”).

When not travelling for Scrum, Gunther lives and works in Antwerp (Belgium).

Work experience

Ullizee-Inc, Independent Scrum Caretaker
May 2013 - Present, Antwerp, BE
When leaving Capgemini in 2013, Gunther started his own company, at first under his own name, later re-named to his Internet avatar, Ullizee-Inc. For 3 years he exclusively worked with Ken Schwaber and his organization, Scrum.org. In 2016 Gunther decided to terminate the exclusivity and further his path as an independent Scrum Caretaker, a free outsider.

Scrum.org, Directing the Professional series
June 2013 - April 2016, Antwerp
Gunther partnered with Ken Schwaber, Scrum co-creator, at Scrum.org in 2013. He represented Ken and Scrum.org in Europe, shepherded the ‘Professional Scrum’ series and worked with Scrum.org’s global network of Professional Scrum Trainers. Gunther is co-creator to Agility Path, Evidence-Based Management for software organisations and the Nexus framework for Scaled Professional Scrum. Gunther left Scrum.org in 2016 to further his journey of Scrum as an independent Scrum Caretaker.

Capgemini Belgium/Netherlands, Global Scrum Leader
March 2010 - April 2013, Brussels, NL
Global Capgemini Scrum leader and thought leader. Publicist for the award winning Capgemini Technology Blog (http://www.capgemini.com/technology-blog/author/gverheyen/). Coach for Capgemini's Scrum coaches; trainer for Capgemini's Scrum trainers. Acknowledged Engagement Manager for agile transformations applying the Continuous Improvement Framework for Enterprise Scrum. Author of internationally adopted Scrum trainings.

Inter Access, Principal Consultant
November 2007 - January 2010, Antwerp, Belgium
Bringing Scrum to the start-up of the Belgian subsidiary of a Dutch consulting group.

Cronos Group, Scrum / Agile method Coach
June 2001 - October 2007, Antwerp, Belgium
After having started as a business analyst, I became a specialist, project manager and evangelist in Agile approaches to software development. I developed and applied a custom framework of (Lean) estimation, tracking and quality practices, upon organizational practices from Scrum (Certified Scrum Master) and engineering practices from XP (eXtreme Programming).

Proxis.be, IT and Back-office Manager
March 1999 - May 2001, Brussels, Belgium
Proxis.be is the leading Belgian e-commerce site where I was responsible for back-office management, holding the departments of logistics, helpdesk, and all related IT-software and automation projects. As a director I co-wrote the business plan to help Proxis survive the dark days of Internet commerce (2000-2001).

 

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