Meet the LeanKit Team

The Motivation

Project management tools suck. Can we get an amen? (Yeah, we thought so.) Spreadsheets, the number-one tool used to manage projects, haven’t changed much since VisiCalc introduced them in 1979. The workplace has evolved dramatically, but project management tools haven’t kept up with today’s needs.

Status updates are difficult to manage, and teams spend hours in status meetings only to emerge with guesstimates of how much effort a project will take. Meanwhile, management struggles to know who’s doing what work and when. Our founders wanted to find a better way.

Before LeanKit, our founders spent several, aggravating years on the hamster wheel of corporate IT. The standard method of team collaboration required archaic tools such as physical whiteboards fed by list-based project management systems (and of course, the ubiquitous spreadsheet). Roadblocks popped up almost daily, consuming valuable time and delaying deliverables.

Drawing from the principles of Lean, Agile and Kanban, our founders built LeanKit to revolutionize the way work is managed. As a result, we have witnessed the emergence of a more collaborative, proactive and successful workplace. We are excited to be on the forefront of helping people focus on the work that makes them happy.

Dedicated to busting the myth that people are the reason projects fail, our founders created visual management and forecasting software designed to optimize individual and team effectiveness. Using a humanistic, rather than mechanistic, approach to productivity, LeanKit wants to help pave the way for the future of work by creating a visual tool that reinvents the way teams get stuff done.

The Founders

Chris Hefley

Chris Hefley

Chief Executive Officer

Chris is a practitioner and thought leader in the global Lean/Kanban community. In 2011, he was nominated for the Lean Systems Society’s Brickell Key Award. After years of coping with “broken” project management systems in the world of software development, Chris helped build LeanKit as a way for teams to become more effective. Prior to LeanKit, Chris worked with globally distributed teams in leadership positions at HCA Healthcare and IMI Health. He believes in building software and systems that make people’s lives better and transform their relationship with work.

Jon Terry

Jon Terry

Chief Operations Officer

Jon has been a leader in Agile transformations for some of the largest healthcare organizations in the U.S., including hospital-giant HCA Healthcare and its subsidiary, HealthTrust Purchasing Group. Jon earned his Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University and ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Pulling from a wide range of experience, Jon has emerged as a leader and highly sought-after presenter within the Lean and Agile community around the world. Jon not only helps LeanKit customers discover how to increase effectiveness using the LeanKit tool, he also actively seeks to raise awareness of the benefits of Kanban and visual project management.

Stephen Franklin

Stephen Franklin

Chief Technology Officer

Stephen earned his stripes in Lean/Kanban while leading development teams as a Domain Architect at Healthtrust Purchasing Group and Chief Software Architect at eDoc4u. After earning degrees in Building Science and Information Systems from Auburn University, Stephen has spent his career leading many successful projects with international and outsourced development teams. Stephen shares the vision for "the future of work" and leads both the product development and IT organizations at LeanKit.

Daniel Norton

Daniel Norton

Chief Mobile Officer

Daniel is a leader and influencer in the Southeast regional technology community. He has advised Microsoft on iOS technology and regularly speaks at mobile technology conferences. Daniel was a consulting application engineer at HealthTrust Purchasing Group and a software development consultant in Atlanta, Chicago and Kansas City before helping to build LeanKit. Daniel graduated from Lipscomb University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management.

Why LeanKit

Today’s CEOs need to innovate and evolve faster than ever before. LeanKit is pioneering Lean across all business functions to help organizations deliver more customer value — faster. We help you create an environment of continuous improvement to fuel your competitive advantage.

Lean Experts
Lean Business Experts

With 225+ years of combined experience, we are a leading source of lean knowledge and expertise.

Value Delivery Platform
Customer Value Delivery Platform

We enable more than 50,000 teams around the world to apply lean principles to their work.

Business Fitness
Business Fitness

LeanKit is the only lean-based platform focused on helping you deliver customer value faster.

Visual DNA
Visual DNA

In everything we do, we harness the innate human preference for consuming information visually.

Evolutionary Approach
Evolutionary Approach

We help you improve the success of your lean transformation through progressive evolution.

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Our business flow expertise helps you optimize your value streams and reduce waste.

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