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John Heintz

Cutter Consortium
Senior Consultant
John Heintz is the president and principal technologist of Gist Labs. He is an experienced agile manager, particularly in lean and kanban. In 2008, John founded Gist Labs to further focus on the essential criteria for innovative success. John’s accomplishments include doubling the feature throughput of a large game studio, showing nine teams in India how to create and align around their own common Roadmap and release plan, teaching managers to focus their team’s effort and avoid dilution of capacity, and mentoring developers/testers in software craftsmanship.

John began his career as a technologist, always seeking solutions with greater leverage and deeper simplicity. His approach to systems and team building emerged in 1999 while leading his first Scrum team, followed by leading a team in XP and test-driven development in 2001. John has consulted with clients on various engagements, including Agile, Kanban, enterprise architecture, test automation architecture, XP development practices, lean value stream mapping, and RESTful/messaging architectures. He has built single-source hyperdocument SGML publishing systems, Linked Data and NoSql solutions, a version-control CORBA/Python CMS, an AspectJ dependency acquisition framework, a security-as-a-service Cloud encryption product, and developed test automation systems from scratch when needed. He is a regular speaker at industry events, including No Fluff Just Stuff(NFJS), Architecture and Design World, and Dallas JavaMUG. John is a Technical Consultant with Cutter Consortium’s Agile Project & Product Management practice. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, August 16

1:30pm CDT