2017 Board Member Nominee: Ken Kitts

Ken Kitts

Director - Project Management Office

Home Point Financial

How many Agile Indy events have you attended in the last 12 months?:

I have worked in IT for over 20 years. During the waterfall days, I did a lot of methodology work primarily centered on IE concepts. For the past 5 years, I have been working with various forms of Agile, beginning at CSC with a focus on application development and expanded to include QA. This was followed by Covance where I lead the BA organization and my focus was on training BA’s in more Agile ways of gathering requirements (wasn’t fond of either of these positions BTW – neither was truly Agile in that both were isolated to specific areas). For the past year and half, I have been leading the transformation of Stonegate Mortgage (now Home Point Financial) to implement a true Kanban based, just-in-time model focused on rapidly delivering high quality strategic value to the organization. With the acquisition of Stonegate by Home Point Financial, my role is expanding to implementing these process across the organization – both businesses and IT. This experience has also included developing custom code to better utilize Microsoft Team Services in Kanban model.

Why do you want to join the Agile Indy board?:
True Agile is more of a mindset and a culture rather than a process.
This was key to our success at Stonegate in our Kanban transition (we had a multi-million dollar impact on the company). For the past several months, I have worked to share that experience throughout Indianapolis. In October, Tara Karr (Product Owner) and I present our Stonegate story at the monthly AgileIndy meeting. I also frequently meet with CIO’s and other IT leaders in Indianapolis to learn about their Agile experiences and share with them our successes and pain points in our transformation. I think we have many companies in the Indianapolis area that claim to be Agile, but are not truly Agile. I would like to see more speakers at our monthly meetings similar to John Mergy’s presentation at this month’s downtown meetup – showcasing how truly Agile organizations are functioning and encouraging other companies to adopt similar practices (a “come on in, the water’s fine” approach).

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