Smart Approach Blog

Welcome to Guidewire’s blog for P&C 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.

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 >
Last week, I had the good fortune of attending the ACE (America’s Claims Event) conference in Las Vegas. It was an energizing week for me, and I was particularly inspired to see so many of Guidewire’s customers in speaking roles at the conference. As you might expect with a claims conference, there were many complex issues discussed throughout the week. However, one theme that I heard consistently reinforced was quite simple.... Read More >
Summer holiday weekends ahead have my thoughts drifting to happy times with friends and family that will undoubtedly include raising a glass, or two, or more. Away from work and enjoying great company it’s easy to lose count, but the fun times can fade upon waking the next morning with a splitting headache.... Read More >
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At Guidewire, we think of each of our carrier customers as family members: true partners in what will be a career-long journey together. Holding this metaphor in our heads makes it easier to put engineering efforts into the right context and to prioritize them, but it also means that we take on a variety of burdens and responsibilities that transcend the traditional vendor-purchaser "relationship". I'm going to write about some of those challenges in my next few blog entries.... Read More >
Welcome to “Smart Approach”, Guidewire’s blog for property/casualty insurance. We are honored to have helped insurers around the world replace their legacy core systems and transform their businesses. We’ve learned a lot -- from more than 140 implementations; from our customers and our partners; from our successes and our mistakes.... Read More >

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