About Me

Hello and welcome! I am Joseph Hurtado, author of the Kanban Ace Framework, and Open Kanban. Professionally I am an Enterprise Agile Coach certified as a SAFe SPC 4, a Kanban Ace Trainer and a Scrum CSM. I  also manage AgileLion Institute, my small consulting business that I lead with my wonderful wife. Thanks for visiting my personal website.


I am passionate about the human and technical sides of software and product development, having led teams to deliver technology solutions, or Agile transformations across a variety of industries. My personal approach is to make work an enjoyable effort, and to deliver fantastic software while keeping the team’s morale high, and their health intact.

Here I stop to search for areté. Areté is a greek word – αρετη – that goes beyond excellence, it includes moral virtue together with greatness.  I search for Areté on many technology areas such as Lean, Agile, Kanban, SAFe,  Lean Startup, Product Management, and Programming; but also outside of technology in the fields of Design, Literature, Poetry, Music and Photography. I also have a professional blog where I focus exclusively on Lean and Agile topics, with emphasis on Kanban Ace and Open Kanban, vist my Kanban Latte blog to see more.

On the subject of personal excellence, one that touches our soul there are two quotes that inspire me, one is from St. Paul as he wrote to the Phillipians, and the other is from Rebbe Nachman of Breslov a man of God:

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” St. Paul

“If you are not a better person tomorrow than you are today, what need have you for a tomorrow?” – Rebbe Nachman

Finally I am currently working on the upcoming Kanban Ace Framework for Effectiveness or KAFFE. I expect it will be released as a book in 2018, KAFFE is a special type of Kanban that will offer full support for Scrum via the Akashi Bridge, a new way to estimate using Ace Story Points, an alternative way to scale agility, SAFe support and more. If you would like to keep in touch and be the first to know when the book is out, or volunteer as a reviewer email me at: joseph at agilelion dot com; or reach out to me via LinkedIn, or Twitter.

Cafe Image Credit – Jonathan E. Shaw – CC BY NC