Smart Approach Blog

Welcome to Guidewire’s blog for property/casualty insurance. Here we'll share our experiences and lessons learned from more than 300 implementation projects. We'll also offer our point of view on industry trends and advice to help you adapt and succeed on your journey of continuous improvement.

This article is the first of a multi-part series exploring Guidewire's product flexibility and our implementation methodology. Part one focuses on why an agile scrum methodology works so well with flexible packaged solutions like ours. In part two, I will discuss the importance of setting implementation Product Alignment goals  and  will continue by introducing our evolved implementation strategy called Value Alignment.... Read More >
I recently purchased a book from my local bookstore titled F in Exams - The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers. It’s a compilation of funny test responses collected by a teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed reading some of the comical entries, including: Exam Question: What does a transformer do? Student’s Response: It can go from being a robot to a sports car in three seconds.... Read More >
Even if you are a technology junkie like me, it’s difficult to keep up with all of the languages written for the Java Virtual Machine. If a few weeks pass and you haven’t heard of a new one, you probably aren’t paying attention (I just came across Loop the other day).... Read More >
This is the first in a series of blog posts about our experiences adopting agile methodology in the context of sales and marketing. This series will talk about process, tools, and how the team has benefited. Since joining Guidewire about a year ago, I have had the privilege of hearing from many of our customers about how agile methodology has transformed how they run IT projects. A typical customer experience goes like this:... Read More >
Like millions of other people around the world, I’ve been glued to my television for the past couple of weeks, taken in by the spectacle that is the Olympic Games. To me, the Olympics represent competition and sportsmanship at the highest possible level, and it’s been a lot of fun to watch. However, in between all of the heartbreak and glory, I can’t help but wonder – what do the Olympics have in common with the property/casualty insurance industry?... Read More >
You’ve got funding and approval for your core system project, you’ve been exposed to Guidewire products and methodology, and you’ve got a firm grasp on your project scope through completion of the Inception Phase. Now, you’re ready to enter arguably the most exciting phase of the project – the Implementation Phase.... Read More >
We had the good fortune of starting Guidewire at a transformative time in the world of software engineering. It was in the early 2000's that people started really rethinking what it meant to write testable software. Some of the progress came through the advent of new tools and language constructs and from the sheer availability of computing power to do meaningful large-scale automated testing. But the real difference, for us, was in switching our heads around to put testing first.... Read More >
Pam Byrnes:  What's the matter sweetie? Can't sleep?  Greg Focker:  No, no. I was just going over my answers to the polygraph test your dad just gave me. -  Meet the Parents... Read More >
I've noticed a marked contrast among underwriters - between those less seasoned, who show a growing eagerness in underwriting automation techniques, and the more experienced underwriters, who express their reservations. The latter group points to the perceived pitfalls of relying too much on technology and the inability of those newer to the role to match the value of instinct that is gradually acquired over time.... Read More >
This is the first installment of what I hope is a series of posts that outlines keys to successful Guidewire system implementations using the agile methodology. This installment focuses on a role in our agile implementations, the product owner. Background ... Read More >

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