About

Hello and welcome! I am Joseph Hurtado, author of the Kanban-Ace Framework, and Open Kanban. Professionally I am an Agile Coach certified as a SAFe SPC 4, a Kanban-Ace Trainer and a Scrum CSM. I am also the founder of AgileLion Institute. 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 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 arete. Arete is a greek word that goes beyond excellence, it includes moral virtue together with greatness.  I search for Arete on many areas such as Lean, Agile and Kanban topics, but also outside in other areas of technology such as Lean Startup, Crypto currencies, Product Management, Programming and Product Design. If you would like to read more exclusively on the topics of Kanban Ace and Open Kanban, please visit my professional blog at the Kanban Latte site.

In addition I value excellence in the arts, and in our soul. These two quotes inspire me, one is from St. Paul as he wrote to the Phillipians, 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

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.