Chris Shinkle is a thought leader and initiator of new ideas and continuous improvement at Software Engineering Professionals (SEP) since 1997. Chris introduced and led SEPʼs adoption of Agile software development practices in 2004 as well as the adoption of Lean and Kanban in 2007. He has used these methods to lead large, complex projects, including military aircraft engine monitoring and maintenance systems and an FDA-regulated remote patient monitoring system. As SEPʼs Director of Innovation, he continues leveraging industry-leading techniques to train SEP engineers and coach clients across a variety of domains. Chris speaks at industry conferences across the United States promoting Agile, Lean/Kanban, and Design Thinking. Chris was an inaugural member of the Lean Systems Society Fellowship and Indiana's Techpoint Tech 25. His dedication to the community was recognized in 2013 when he was named a Lean Kanban North America Brickell Key Award Nominee.