Jon is a Full-Stack Agile Coach and has been in professional software development for over 20 years. His mission is to help people understand the nature of complex work, unlearn the habits of industrialism, and adopt the modern skills and behaviors that will unlock their success.
You wouldn’t know it to look at him now, but coding used to be a drag for Jon. It wasn’t until he began using practices like daily collaboration with business people, pair programming, and test-driven development that it came to life for him. It turns out software is for humans on both ends, no matter how much we try to separate them with process and documentation. Connecting these ends to help teams ship better and sooner has been Jon’s work and driving force for most of his career.
With most of his time spent in consulting, Jon has experience building systems for companies in a broad range of industries, including Manufacturing, Healthcare, Home Improvement Retail, Architecture & Engineering, Education, Apparel & Accessories, Fire Detection & Notification, and Automotive Tire. Over time, Jon’s focus has been to help the team improve the quality and predictability of the changes made to their software from the code outward. He is an expert in introducing techniques such as Test-Driven Development, Pair/Ensemble Programming, CI/CD, and legacy code rescue and is a strong advocate for Lean Product Management and Systems Thinking.
In addition to coaching and mentoring teams, Jon also developed and ran a groundbreaking employee onboarding program for eight years at Aptera Software. Dubbed The Academy, the program fused flipped-classroom learning with agile tools like Kanban and Scrum to help new employees adopt a posture of continuous learning and to bring cohesion to the company’s approach to software development.
Jon has also been a regular speaker at software conferences in the midwest United States since 2015. For a healthy close-up of his current professional thinking, you can find his latest talk “Oh! The Humanity” on YouTube.
In his copious spare moments, Jon has also managed to lead a course on (what else?) Modern Agile Software Development at Purdue University, to write and record a few albums as a rock multi-instrumentalist, and to be happy and make tomorrow easier with his beautiful family in Indiana.