Interview with Gunther Verheyen – Scaled Professional Scrum

Interview with Gunther Verheyen – Scaled Professional Scrum

We are very happy to hosting Gunther Verheyen from Scrum.org. Gunther will talk about Scaling Scrum, “Scaled Professional Scrum, it takes two to scale“.
Gunther partners with Ken Schwaber and directs the Professional series at Scrum.org. He represents Ken and Scrum.org in Europe. He is creative with the right touch of anarchy. It helps to transcend mediocrity and strive for excellence. Gunther is author of the highly acclaimed book Scrum – A Pocket Guide (A Smart Travel Companion). Here is his small interview.

Gunther Verheyen - Agile Greece

Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself?

Hi, I’m Gunther Verheyen, a seasoned Scrum professional. I partner with Ken Schwaber, specifically targetting Europe, and shepherd the Professional series at Scrum.org.

Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic?

I will introduce “Scaled Professional Scrum (SPS)“, the framework by Scrum.org that describes how to implement Scrum at scale. At the heart of SPS is the Nexus, an exo-skeleton that connects 3-9 Scrum Teams creating one product.

Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session?

Participants will learn how to scale product development through Scrum, while respecting and even re-enforcing the principles and foundations of Scrum.

Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organizations that are transitioning to agile?

In my session, I start by defining Scaled Scrum as any implementation of Scrum that employs multiple Scrum Teams creating one or multiple (related) products. The organization surrounding such scaled implementation of Scrum is bound to be impacted by this. Scrum’s principles and empiricism can be employed to lead such change, as defined by Scrum.org in the “Agility Path” framework, but it is not the topic of this talk.

Q: How do you see the evolution of Agile in the future?

Back in 2013, when I published my book “Scrum – A Pocket Guide”, I ended it by identifying the two main future challenges for Scrum, i.e.

  1. Improving Product Ownership in order to get Scrum to definitely cross the boundaries of IT and turn it into a tool for business agility;
  2. Getting management to embrace the Agile principles and mind-set in order to increase the organizational benefits from adopting agile processes.

Q: You have given many interviews/presentations about agile. Is there a question you wish to have been asked but no one ever asked you?

Any question can be turned into an opportunity to learn ;-)

Q: What you like to say something in advance to the Greek Agile community?

It is my profound belief that the Agile approach and its room for adjustment and experimentation, as expressed through Scrum, helps the Greek economy in this harsh and difficult times. In due time the efforts of the Greek Scrum practitioners will pay off and have a large, positive impact on society.


 

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