Gunther is an independent Scrum Caretaker; a connector, writer, speaker, humaniser.
Gunther assists, serves, advices, suggests on all things Scrum. He works with teams, individuals, executives. He facilitates unlearning and learning. He thinks, reflects, wonders and wanders. He emerges opportunities to deliver value.
Scrum is the most applied framework for Agile software development. Gunther believes that Scrum will not only increase the value that software delivers to organizations but is also a way to re-humanise the workplace for people. Gunther likes to inspire individuals, teams, departments, and organizations to realize this potential, without the limitations of being tied to a specific company.
From Gunther’s standard offer of services:
Through my work I have come to appreciate the uniqueness of every person, team, department and organisation. It has inspired me to move away from fixed approaches. (…) I don’t require specific task descriptions. I require no title. I don’t post my assignments or expose the name of your organisation, unless you explicitly allow or ask me to do so.
Beyond Scrum, Gunther is all about his family, life, books, and music. He communicates in Dutch and in English. In the digital WWWorld you might find him under his virtual name Ullizee.
A Scrum Caretaker
Gunther Verheyen is a longtime Scrum practitioner (2003). After a career as a consultant, he partnered with Ken Schwaber and was the Director of the Professional Scrum series of Scrum.org from 2013-2016. Gunther is currently furthering his path as an independent Scrum Caretaker.
Gunther 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, years of employing Scrum in diverse circumstances. As from 2010 Gunther became the inspiring force behind some large-scale enterprise transformations. Gunther became a Professional Scrum Trainer with Scrum.org in 2011.
Gunther left consulting in 2013 to partner with Ken Schwaber, Scrum co-creator, at Scrum.org. He represented Ken and Scrum.org 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, EBMgtTM (Evidence-Based Managing of Software) and the Nexus framework for Scaled Professional Scrum.
Gunther left Scrum.org in 2016 to continue his journey of Scrum as an independent Scrum Caretaker. Gunther consolidated 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.emerge their organisations.
In 2013 Gunther published his much-praised book “Scrum – A Pocket Guide (a smart travel companion)”, by Ken Schwaber recommended as ‘the best description of Scrum currently available’ and ‘extraordinarily competent’. In 2016 the Dutch translation was published as “Scrum Wegwijzer (Een kompas voor de bewuste reiziger)”. In 2017 the German translation was released as “Scrum Taschenbuch (Ein Wegweiser für den bewussten Entdecker)”.
When not travelling for Scrum, Gunther lives and works in Antwerp (Belgium). He finds joy in spending much of his time under the same roof as his wife Natascha (Atelier Ullizee) and their kids Ian, Jente and Nienke.
- Contact Gunther via mail at email@example.com.
- View his professional profile on LinkedIn.
- Find Gunther on Twitter as @ullizee.
- Find some of his materials on Slideshare.
- Find some of his recorded presences at YouTube.
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