John Heintz

John Heintz is the president of Gist Labs. He is a holistic product technology leader always seeking solutions with greater leverage and deeper simplicity. John started developing professionally in 1995, adopted Scrum in 1999, XP in 2000, and founded Gist Labs in 2008. John is a developer of code, leader of teams, Agile/Kanban coach, planner of programs, and Chief Architect (sometimes all in the same day). John has helped companies truly adopt Agile, measure and assess their technical debt, redesign and migrate to SOA/RESTful architectures, and perform M&A due diligence investigations. He is a regular speaker at industry events, and published in journals and blogs. 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 has built single-source hyperdocument SGML publishing systems, a UML/OCL type checker modeling product, an aspect-oriented dependency acquisition framework, a Security-as-a-Service cloud encryption SaaS, and multiple test automation systems because they were needed. He has helped a game studio double game feature throughput, train and coach Scrum for 300 people in India, and convinced CFOs they did indeed need DevOps.

John is an Innovation Games Trained Facilitator