• 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...