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One of the core principles of the agile movement was to shift the focus of software development to creating more valuable software, sooner. It can be expected that the act of managing in an agile environment puts value at its heart; thereby preferring value over old, industrial parameters like scope, budget, time. On top of that, informed management decisions to maximize value cannot be made without collecting evidence of value. Such evidence is found in the outcome of the work. Enter the need of evidence-based decision-making. Evidence becomes the primary source for inspections, in order to adapt how the software is being produced. Hence, the introduction of the Scrum Stance in the managerial domain. Enter a new management culture, Empirical Management.
Gunther explores the idea of Empirical Management through the lens of Scrum’s history and the compelling desire of many organizations to scale Scrum.
Gunther is director of the Professional Series at Scrum.org and a partner of Ken Schwaber.
Scrum has been around for almost 2 decades. During the first decade of agile, the adoption of agile and Scrum have 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. This can be achieved by applying the Scrum Stance in the managerial domain, hence promote Empirical Management.
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 framework for empirical management based on the principles of Scrum, agile and Evidence-Based Management. EBM has its roots in medical practice.
In his presentation Gunther 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.”
Inspire by challenging some common understanding 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