Joshua is a globally recognized thought leader in Agile and Lean software development. He is an entrepreneur, author, and programmer passionate about excellent software and discovering better, faster and safer ways to produce it.
As the founder and visionary leader of Industrial Logic, Joshua is taking Lean and Agile processes to the next level with anzen, the Japanese word for safety. An Anzeneer(TM) is empowered to engineer anzen into everything, from their culture to their workspaces, from code bases to processes, from products to services. Anzeneers leverage values, principles and practices from safety in manufacturing and modern software development methods.
Joshua is a sought-after international speaker, author of the best-selling, Jolt Cola-award winning book, Refactoring to Patterns, and a guru-level practitioner of Lean/Agile methods. His pioneering work in Agile processes have helped popularize Agile Readiness Assessments, Chartering, Storytest-Driven Development and Iterative Usability, many of which are now standard in Agile/Lean enterprise development.
He is an active blogger on forward-thinking, modern software topics with an edge. Joshua lives with his wife and daughters in Berkeley, California.
Joshua’s passion for programming began at an early age. As a teenager, he developed financial risk management systems for Bankers Trust. He continued programming for this Wall Street Bank during and after college, where he used diverse languages and platforms to build large-scale, credit-, market- and global-risk systems.
After seven years of working for Bankers Trust, Joshua had the vision to build his own company. Industrial Logic began in 1996 and quickly won a contract to develop the Java version of MTV.com with millions of users. The site won a prestigious PC Magazine award and helped put the company on the map.
Joshua’s passion for excellence in programming coupled with his love of learning and teaching led Industrial Logic to develop professional training for the high tech industry.
He created Agile/Lean assessments, training, coaching, eLearning and eCoaching that have fundamentally improved the performance of people and teams at Google, Nielsen Media Research, Fidelity Investments, GE, Sapient and many others. Joshua and his colleagues continue to produce state-of-the-art Agile eLearning that has helped thousands of people around the world gain critical Agile engineering and planning skills.
Agile and Beyond 2014 - Dearborn, Michigan - Keynote Speaker, February 22, 2014