From Chaos to Confidence – Jon Terry – Agile on the Beach Conference 2017

Enjoy this session from Agile On The Beach 2017 entitled ‘From Chaos to Confidence: How LeanKit regained predictable delivery after rapid growth’, presented by Jon Terry, the co-CEO and co- Founder of LeanKit.

As a company, LeanKit have believed in Lean, Kanban, Agile, DevOps since our founding. We’ve alway talked about how important these ideas are – in the community and inside our company. But that doesn’t mean that doing those things in practice has been easy. We’re a very fast growing startup in a very competitive market space. We’ve tripled in size in less than a year and nearly came apart at the seams at times. In fact, in the fall of 2015, our technology team were having a very hard team. We were out of synch with our sales & marketing partners and facing a lot of internal conflict. But we came together as a team and worked hard to implement a well coordinated system of values, team structure, cadences, automation, and standard practices. We’re now in a much better place as a team and generating much better results for our company. There are no one-size-fits-all answers for companies. I can’t promise that if you copy LeanKit you’ll succeed. But we do think we have some interesting lessons learned to share and that you just might be able to pick up some ideas that you can take back to your company.


Jon Terry is co-CEO and co-founder of LeanKit. Before LeanKit, Jon held a number of senior IT positions with hospital-giant HCA and its logistics subsidiary, HealthTrust Purchasing Group. He was among those responsible for launching HCA’s adoption of Lean/Agile methods. Jon earned his Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University and ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and his Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. He is a Project Management Professional, a Certified Scrum Master, a Kanban Coaching Professional, is certified in the Lean Construction Institute’s Last Planner Method, and trained in the SAFe Lean Systems Engineering method.
Agile on the Beach is a leading annual conference in Falmouth, Cornwall UK. Since 2011 Agile on the Beach has been a two day agile conference, set on the Cornish coast with a beach party in between. The conference explores agile software, products, teams, business and practices. With 400 attending, the conference hosts 50 seminars and workshops to provide the ultimate agile learning experience, along with ample opportunities for networking at its 3 evening events.

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