Jon Terry


Agile Business (L) 2016
Agile Business (L)

Session type: Lecture
Session level: Intermediate

Does this FizzGood? Learn how to improve velocity, predictability & agility

Come learn how (and why) to apply the FSGD (Frequent Small Good Decoupled) technique to effectively break down work. This LeanKit way of working provides teams with a simple yardstick for making effective decisions to allow rapid, continuous delivery without a lot of cross team scheduling and coordination. It simplifies abstract Lean-Agile concepts into something everyone can easily understand and cheerfully apply on a daily basis.    

LeanKit’s founding team had a strong Lean-Agile background from previous careers. So, in the early days of the company, we just instinctively did things in a Lean way with as few formal processes as any startup. But, like any growing company, we eventually did have to start clearly defining how we do things. And like anyone, we were tempted to become more bureaucratic – with lots of scheduling, coordination, meetings and estimates.

Instead, we developed our FSGD (Frequent Small Good Decoupled) approach. This LeanKit way of working has provided our teams with a simple yardstick for making effective decisions without a lot of cross team scheduling and coordination. It has simplified abstract Lean-Agile concepts into something everyone easily understands and cheerfully applies on a daily basis.

FSGD isn’t a replacement for Kanban, Scrum, XP, etc. We strongly believe in and spend lots of time teaching our teams about the Kanban Method as well as standard Lean and Agile principles, tools, and techniques.

But FSGD distills what we think are the key decision making elements of those methods into something everyone can remember. It’s been a crucial part of allowing us to be a continuous delivery organization, as important as containers and automation.

We have seen significant improvements in our delivery speed across multiple teams, including both software and business teams, since rolling out the FSGD approach. We’ll share those results with the audience so they can get started learning to do the right thing by doing what Fizz-Good.



Co-CEO and co-founder

Jon Terry is co-CEO and co-founder of LeanKit. Before LeanKit, Jon held a number of senior IT positions with hospital-giant HCA and its logistics subsidiary, HealthTrust Purchasing Group. He was among those responsible for launching HCA’s adoption of Lean/Agile methods. Jon earned his Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University and ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and his Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. He is a Project Management Professional, a Certified Scrum Master, a Kanban Coaching Professional, is certified in the Lean Construction Institute’s Last Planner Method, and trained in the SAFe Lean Systems Engineering method.