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About Jurgen Van Gorp

Jürgen is a Senior cross platform polyvalent Enterprise Architect and Project Manager with two master degrees and a PhD in Applied Sciences and Engineering and is owner of the ITIL, Prince2 and PMP/PMI certifications. Jürgen has more than 20 years experience in the most various ICT domains from Research & Development, over System Analysis and Technical Design/Architecture to Project Management for large scale projects. Able to define & realign IT processes and applications to business requirements and strategy resulting in cost savings and more efficient business processes. Jürgen is recognized for his excellent analytical, problem solving, strong communication, reporting and facilitation skills and disposes of excellent team motivation/inspiration abilities.

Ten Questions that will help you choosing between Agile and Waterfall

How did you decide between Agile and Waterfall in your latest project? Did you choose Waterfall, simply because you are used to it? Or did you pick Scrum because your management told you that all projects must be Agile as of now? This blog will provide you with ten simple questions that will allow you to make an objective decision between Agile, Waterfall or Change driven projects. The answers will also help you explain your choice to your management. Because you started reading this article, I will simply assume that you, at times, hesitate between Agile and Waterfall. Let me [...]

2019-03-24T11:51:00+00:000 Comments

The Dangerous Agile Expertise Level

Do you plan on running Agile Projects in your organization? Then make sure to do it the right way. Quickly taking a Scrum Master course, and still running Agile projects with a Waterfall attitude, is the route to failure. Setting up Agile projects in a Waterfall environment requires a shift in attitude of the team and a different management style. If you get this right, it’s absolutely possible to run Agile and Waterfall projects in parallel. I have come to learn that there are three levels of expertise. Two types of experts are harmless. The third expertise level is dangerous. [...]

2019-03-03T12:45:31+00:002 Comments

7 techniques to lower your Distrans level

A low Distrans means that you are more closely connected to the Core Products and Values of your company. This article gives a few practical tips on how you can lower your Distrans and become more valuable for your organization. Distrans is the number of resource layers between yourself and the company Core Product or Core Values. The rule of thumb is that the higher your Distrans, the more your relative cost to the organization, and the lesser your added value. The trick is therefore to have the lowest possible Distrans for the job you are doing. Don’t get me [...]

2019-02-17T06:59:04+00:001 Comment

Are you disconnected from your Core Product? Test your Distrans!

How much are you connected with the Core Product or Core Values in your company? Check your Distrans (the distance between yourself and the Core Product) with a few straightforward questions. In my previous blog I spoke about Distrans: the number of resource layers between yourself and the company Core Product or Core Value. The resource can be someone who works closer to the Core Product. It can also be non-human, e.g. an email you wrote to get information on an issue with the Product. The (informal) rule of thumb is that the higher your Distrans, the more your relative [...]

2019-02-03T11:05:57+00:003 Comments

So, what is your Distrans?

Years ago, a well-respected and rich entrepreneur showed me around his new factory. In a back room a dozen people were analyzing customer requirements, doing complex calculations, and writing contracts. “Do you see these engineers?” the company owner giggled. “They write more in one day than I have written in my whole life! They are more interested in their paperwork than in what we are making in this company.” I have had similar experiences in other companies: a large furniture enterprise, a meat-processing company, an industrial bakery chain …. The owners all wanted me to first know and understand their [...]

2018-04-15T09:20:56+00:000 Comments