Gunther Verheyen is on a journey of humanizing the workplace as an independent Scrum Caretaker — a connector, teacher, writer, speaker. He continuously looks out for improved ways to serve and to deliver value. He thinks, reflects, wonders, and wanders. He teaches, assists, serves, advices, and suggests on many things Scrum. He works with teams, individuals, and executives. He facilitates learning and unlearning of people he runs into. His services build on more than 15 years’ worth of experience, ideas, beliefs, and observations of Scrum. His business is Ullizee-Inc.
Gunther helps organizations introduce and adopt Scrum to address their complex challenges, and maximize the benefits realized by doing so. Gunther acts from the profound belief that Scrum is a great way to humanize the workplace, create a better workplace for people. Gunther likes to inspire individuals, teams, executives, departments, and organizations to realize this dual potential of Scrum, free of corporate structures and commercial concerns. Rather than introducing fixed solutions, Gunther’s involvement mostly consists of mirroring and challenging ideas, beliefs, practices and organizational constructions.
Beyond Scrum, Gunther is all about his family, life, books, and music. He communicates in Dutch and in English.
The journey of an independent Scrum Caretaker
Gunther ventured into IT and software development after graduating with a degree in electronic engineering from the University of Antwerp in 1992. His Agile journey started with eXtreme Programming and Scrum in 2003. Years of dedication followed, years that were spent on nothing but employing Scrum in diverse circumstances with various teams. In 2010 Gunther became the inspiring force behind some large-scale enterprise transformations. In 2011 he became a Professional Scrum Trainer with Scrum.org.
Gunther left consulting in 2013 to found Ullizee-Inc and partner exclusively with Ken Schwaber, Scrum co-creator. He represented Ken and the Scrum.org organization in Europe, shepherded the “Professional Scrum” series, and guided Scrum.org’s global network of Professional Scrum Trainers. Gunther is co-creator to Agility Path, EBM (Evidence-Based Management), and the Nexus framework for Scaled Professional Scrum.
In 2016 Gunther definitely embarked on his journey to humanize the workplace as an independent Scrum Caretaker — a connector, teacher, writer, speaker. Gunther frequently helps organizations re-imagine their Scrum to create a more humane and thereby more productive environment.
Gunther is the author of the acclaimed books Scrum – A Pocket Guide (Van Haren Publishing, 2013-2019) and 97 Things every Scrum practitioner should know (O’Reilly Media, 2020), holding essays from field experts across the world. Ken Schwaber recommends Gunther’s pocket guide to Scrum as “…the best description of Scrum currently available” and “extraordinarily competent.” Several translations of his work are available.
When not travelling for Scrum and humanizing the workplace, Gunther lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium with his wife Natascha (Atelier Ullizee) and their 3 kids.
- Contact Gunther via mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- View his professional profile on LinkedIn.
- Find Gunther on Twitter as @ullizee.
- Find most of his presentations on Slideshare.
- Find various recordings at his YouTube channel.
Ullizee, what’s in a name
(aspecten van, aspects of)
Enter… the world of Ullizee
De illusie van Ulysses aan Zee
The illusion of Ulysses at sea
Een blog in de talen van een wereld,
over meningen en niemendal,
weinig meer dan hunkering, want
ik ben een luis een nul nihil,
maar als ge niet oppast,
kruip ik in uw pels.
If I may, I’ll speak in tongues
or try some English
…maybe it’ll end up just the same
(of zolang ‘tinternet duurt / Internet timing)
en wie weet hier en daar een eigen schrijfsel
bezinksel van bezeten geest, uiting van poëzie