John Heintz

John Heintz is the president and principal technologist of Gist Labs. He is a holistic product technology leader, particularly with Agile and Kanban development methods. In 2008, John founded Gist Labs to further focus on the essential criteria for innovative success. John’s accomplishments with clients include doubling feature throughput with a large game studio, implementing DevOps and DevTest automation value streams, assessing and monetizing Technical Debt with architects and executives, leading 22 teams in collaborative roadmapping and release planning sessions, teaching managers to focus their team’s effort and avoid dilution of capacity, and mentoring developers/testers in software craftsmanship and test automation.

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 still writes code today, both for his clients and himself. 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 Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium’s Agile Project & Product Management practice. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.

John is an Innovation Games Trained Facilitator