Interview with Jon Kern

Interview with Jon Kern
Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself?
I am Jon Kern, aerospace engineer turned software developer. I love designing innovative solutions in software, and trying to build kick ass teams to bring smiles to customers’  faces. I care mostly about the business problem, not shiny new developer gizmos.
Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic?
Agile practices work best within a holistic systems engineering framework and a culture of curiosity. There is no magical process for, nor shortcut around, having to use your brain in software development.
Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session?
I want folks to leave with some new ways to approach their development projects and new questions with which to challenge themselves and their teams/companies. If you are stuck doing agile in name only, I’ll help get you unstuck. If you are a well-oiled machine, I’ll help realize there is always room for improvement.
Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations that are transitioning to agile?
Though you might introduce an agile practice (e.g., Scrum), that does not make your team agile in the slightest. It just means you are trying out an agile practice.
Q: How do you see the evolution of agile in the future?
Maybe a return to agile. Even though agile was revolutionary at the time, it has long since been commercialized and diluted and sometimes even perverted. The true individual freedoms espoused in the Manifesto have been lost to better marketing and mass misinformation about easy ways to be agile with a few simple practices.
Q: You have given many interviews/presentations about agile. Is there a question you wish to have been asked but no one ever asked you?
What are the biggest shortcomings that the software industry faces?

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