About Bas

Bas Vodde is an experienced coach in agile methods and especially Scrum. He’s also a certified Scrum master trainer. Next to Scrum, he trains and coaches teams in TDD, retrospective and agile planning.

He is originally from Holland, however has lived in China, Finland and is currently living in Singapore. In the 90s he worked as a developer in Holland and felt a mismatch between what he experienced as working and between “what the official literature said you should do”. That was solved with the introduction of Extreme Programming and evenmore so, with Agile Development in general. In the beginning of 2001, he had enough of the “normal life” and moved to China where he started working for Nokia. Here, he gained experience on very large projects and the traditional ways they are run. After this he became even more convinced that Agile Development is the way forward, for all size projects.

In 2005 he moved to Helsinki, Finland to introduce Agile Development and in particular Scrum, in Nokia Networks. For two years he watched dozens of teams adopt scrum and other agile practices. After which he decided to focus on one very large product and help it go “all the way”. Currently he is running his own small coaching and training company called Odd-e.

His main interests are in Scrum and especially how to use it within large companies and large projects. He also focuses much on the technical practices, especially test-driven development (including refactoring) and continuous integration because he strongly believes you need a well-factored code base if you want to be fast and flexible. His hobby interests have been lean production and quality management and, of course, programming.

Bas is also the author of the upcoming book “Scaling Agile and Lean Development” together with Craig Larman. He is also one of the contributors of the CPPUtest unit test framework and the Osaka test automation framework. You can find his blog (which he should write more often than now) at Bas comments on … and contact him at basv AT odd-e.com.