Mind the Gap with Jon Kern

MARCH 07, 2021

Leave your egos at the door.


Link to Jon’s notes from the Agile Manifesto creation in Snowbird.


Light Weight Methodologies but no one wants to be called a light weight ;) Leading right into where that term Agile came from and why it’s such a good term for what we’re looking for.


Discussion about fixed bid projects and a more nimble approach. Moving away from Professionally Lying to each other and more towards non-zero sum games where both sides win. Constructing contracts in a way where you bill every 2 weeks and just keep going so long as the things you are delivering are more valuable then what you’re paying.

Mind the gap! Shorten the amount of time between doing something and getting feedback. Small is powerful. Remember the 80/20 rule. 80 percent of the value is in 20 percent of the features. What are all the things you should be saying No to? Remember your feedback loop!


A fool with a tool is still a fool.

When building the roadmap be thinking about Outcomes and the metrics you’ll use to track success. Build the metrics into your features (the things that deliver value to customers) to validate.