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Interview with Günter Wild about ‘Agile Project Management in Business Intelligence Projects’

Ulrike might have Günter’s bachelor results about Scrum in BI projects, but world of scrum has got him here with us for a real life interview!

Leyla: Welcome Günter how are you? And I like your dress.


Günter: Hey Leyla, thank you! I can only return the compliment and I am fine. How are you?

Leyla: Over the moon to have you here with us. So would you like to introduce yourself?

Günter: My name is Günter Wild and I’m currently earning my Bachelor of Arts in Business Information Systems at the Ansbach University of Applied Sciences. I will graduate in February 2018. While earning my bachelor, I was an intern and now I am currently employed as a working student at MHP. Starting next month, I will be working part-time as a Junior Consultant at MHP while doing my Master’s degree in International Information Systems Management at the University of Bamberg.

Leyla: Wow! That sounds impressive!You wrote your thesis about “Agile Project Management in Business Intelligence Projects” and did a survey about “What Business Intelligence professionals think of Scrum”. Can you give us a summary in 30 seconds?

Günter: Leyla, believe it or not but it took me a few pages solely to create a solid definition of agile project management using scrum, showing all the „gaps“ of scrum and possibilities to fill them. The survey’s results have been really interesting. Especially as for many of the respondents the co-location is not a necessary condition for delivering high customer value. That point is in contrast to many books about scrum and agile.

Also I should note that the role of the product owner and the project’s vision seem to be far more important for BI projects than you would generally assume.

A very tricky point for me however, is that the one thing which the respondents value most about scrum, which is the adaptability of the product, is hindered by the inflexibility of the BI architecture and data models. This means one still has to find a solution for it, to get the full benefit of Scrum.

Leyla: What fascinates you about Scrum?

Günter: What really fascinates me about scrum is that it is totally simple to understand yet so difficult to master. We should not forget that it’s „only“ a framework after all.

Leyla: How could you fascinate your mentor with your Scrum subject?

Günter: To be honest, in the beginning, my mentor was not fond of the scrum subject.

However, he had a different mindset after I provided him survey results about the number of people that actually began to use scrum and after he saw my general approach to the thesis.

But I cannot tell you his final opinion yet. I am going to hear his opinion about my thesis soon. Fingers crossed.


Leyla: All our fingers are crossed! But how was the process to come to the result. Did you get any support?


Günter: The process to the outcome required much more effort than I originally thought it would. There are various types of opinionated individual sources on Scrum and some are very theoretical and did not have a practical value for my thesis. However Ulrike was of great help with the contacts she arranged for my interviews, so that in the end by combining all of those sources it still lead to very interesting results.


Leyla: Did you have funny moments during the time you wrote your thesis?

Günter: Honestly Leyla, shooting the photos with your team was the funniest part of my thesis ;).

Leyla: Thank you Günter!

Günter: Thank you for the interview and I am really looking forward to using the app you guys are developing at the moment.

Leyla: Now we need your fingers crossed Günter 😉

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