Chris Shinkle

Lean and Kanban in a Contracting Environment

Kanban practitioners commonly ask two questions: “How can I reliably commit to a date using Kanban?” and “Is there a lack of perceived schedule pressure in Kanban?” People in contracting or service environments must often make commitments to clients with specific delivery dates and cost estimates. We will explore how to make target-driven commitments when managing projects with Lean principles. In addition, we will look at ways to utilize those initial estimates to appropriately set team expectations. The session will show how this encourages innovation within the team leading to process improvements. At the same time providing leading indicators of project status without willfully holding to an unrealistic goal.


Chris Shinkle is a Development Manager at Software Engineering Professionals™ (SEP). SEP provides software services and systems in a variety of industries including products for business, data and safety critical applications.
Chris has worked with SEP for over 13 years in roles ranging from software engineer to recruiter to development manager. He has experience customizing and fitting process models to many different domains including aerospace, defense, medical, consumer electronics, and automotive. He has used Agile and Lean methods to lead large complex projects, most notably, a military aircraft engine monitoring and maintenance system and an FDA regulated remote patient monitoring system. He introduced FDD to SEP in 2004, and then continued to evolve the internal processes and approaches over the following years. More than 12 projects at SEP have successfully used pull-based approaches.
Chris is a graduate of Purdue University and resides in Indianapolis with his wife and two sons.
Twitter: cmshinkle