• Software Truths
    August 29, 2017
    Thanks to Jeff Patton for inspiring us to design new artwork inside the SEP Product Design Studio. Jeff has used these points in many of his presentations and it was...
  • Build Better Backlogs Using Behavioral Design
    May 12, 2017
    Decisions we make every day are driven by cognitive biases designed to save time and energy. These mental shortcuts serve us well. Marketers have used this knowledge to build successful...
  • Changing the Way Companies Innovate
    November 10, 2016
    Companies are searching for new ways to innovate. They’d like an innovation pipeline that results in successful products. They want to validate product ideas early and only develop those with...
  • Using Game Thinking to Build Products that Delight Customers
    May 18, 2016
    Building great products requires focusing on your users. Chris Shinkle shares how SEP is using game theory to envision products as games, and apply gaming theories about the players’ journey...
  • Chris Shinkle Isn’t Playing Around Anymore with Agile Amped at Mile High Agile 2016
    April 6, 2016
    According to Chris Shinkle, businesses that have been focused primarily on one thing (manufacturing hardware, developing new medications) are struggling to build the software that now drives… well, everything. Enter...
  • 10 Years of Agile
    September 28, 2015
    Presented by Chris Shinkle, Director of Innovation at Software Engineering Professionals (SEP)
  • Six Keys to More Successful Projects through Visualization
    April 30, 2015
    Many companies are going through Agile transformations, however most struggle to achieve a lasting impact. Teams often struggle to gain clarity, improve accountability, or realize measurable progress. Traditional tools have...
  • You Can’t Manage What You Can’t See
    April 22, 2015
    You know the old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. And you know what it means – pictures convey so much more about people or an idea you’re...
  • What’s the Deal with Kanban?
    March 5, 2015
    “What’s the Deal with Kanban?” is presented by Chris Shinkle, Director of Innovation at Software Engineering Professionals (SEP).
  • 6 Steps to Better Innovation
    December 11, 2014
    Chris Shinkle, Director of Innovation at Software Engineering Professionals (SEP), presents “6 Steps to Better Innovation”
  • MVP: Escape the Valley of Death
    June 26, 2014
    “MVP: Escape the Valley of Death” is presented by Chris Shinkle, Director of Innovation at Software Engineering Professionals (SEP).
  • The Enterprise Lean Startup: Innovation through Experimentation
    February 12, 2014
    Chris Shinkle, Director of Innovation at Software Engineering Professionals (SEP), presents “The Enterprise Lean Startup: Innovation through Experimentation”
  • Minimizing Risk When Launching a Product
    February 5, 2014
    How does a business minimize the uncertainty and risk it faces when launching a new product to market? Markets are full of uncertainties with ever changing demands. New products are...
  • Stop Doing Kanban! Start Learning
    May 13, 2012
    This is a session from the Lean Software and Systems Conference 2012 (LSSC12). Learning is the new currency. Practices and processes will come and go; only the wise survive. If...
  • When the Pizza Guy Delivers Chinese
    June 23, 2011
    Chris Shinkle’s seminar titled, “When the Pizza Guy Delivers Chinese: Seeing Value Through the Customer’s Eyes” at LeanSSC’11. This talk will show how to be successful by identifying business value...
  • Lean or Kanban Will Not Save Us From Ourselves
    May 23, 2011
    Lean or Kanban will not save us from ourselves.  By themselves, they will not prevent us from producing software that does not deliver value to the end customer. SEP has...
  • SEP Named #1 2010 ‘Best Places to Work in Indiana’
    May 7, 2010
    Yesterday, SEP received top honors as the best place to work in Indiana in the small to medium-sized company category.  The rest of the state now knows what I’ve always...
  • My Agile 2010 Sessions
    February 26, 2010
    I’ve submitted 2 proposals for sessions at the Agile 2010 conference. They can be previewed here: You have to create an account to view them. But, once you...
  • My LSSC 2010 Presentation
    February 11, 2010
    In addition to chairing a track, I will also be speaking at the LSSC conference to be held April 21-23, 2010 in Atlanta GA.  My presentation on using Lean and...
  • Lean Software and Systems Conference 2010
    February 10, 2010
    The Lean Software and Systems Conference 2010 is the place to learn about "the next wave of process innovation": Lean, Pull Systems, and Kanban. If you are interested in applying...
  • Kanban Adoption at SEP – Video Posted
    January 15, 2010
    InfoQ recently posted a video of SEP’s Development Manager, Chris Shinkle presenting at the Agile 2009 Conference in Chicago last year. The video explores how Kanban teams at SEP matured...
  • LSSC 2010 Call For Papers
    November 22, 2009
    From Lean Software & Systems Conference 2010 Atlanta The first Lean Software & Systems Conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA between April 21st and 23rd 2010. Registration...
  • Kanban as a change management tool
    August 23, 2009
    I am beginning to better understand how effective Kanban can be as a change management tool.  Any kind of change within an organization is often preceded by fear and worry...
  • Agile 2009 Presentation and Materials
    August 23, 2009
    I have uploaded both my IEEE submission and presentation.   Both are available for download.  Please let me know any thoughts and/or comments you may have regarding them. 
  • My Inaugural Post
    August 23, 2009
    This being my first blog post, it seems like I should tell people what my blog is about and who I am.  I am a Development Manager at Software Engineering...
  • Kanban Adoption at SEP
    June 10, 2009
    Any widespread institutionalization of Agile practices was met with resistance and ultimately failed to gain traction. Over time, experience with Agile practices and Lean principles grew but only in limited pockets. Nothing...
  • The Adoption of Kanban Systems at SEP
    June 1, 2009
    In 2004, SEP tried adopting Agile practices. However, Agile failed to have the desired lasting impact across the entire organization. Things changed in 2007, when SEP implemented a kanban system...