Chris Shinkle

Director of Innovation


Chris serves as SEP’s Director of Innovation.

Background and Education

Chris Shinkle has been a thought leader and initiator of new ideas and continuous improvement at SEP since 1997. His experience comes from building products with many clients in a variety of industries, including aerospace, medical, healthcare, and finance.

Working at SEP

Chris introduced and led SEP’s adoption of Agile in 2004, followed by Lean and Kanban in 2007. He has used these methods for leading large, complex projects, including aircraft engine monitoring and maintenance systems and an FDA-regulated remote patient monitoring system.

In the Community

As SEP’s Director of Innovation, Chris leverages many community ideas to help SEP engineers and clients deliver better products. Chris speaks at conferences across the United States promoting Agile, Lean/Kanban, Product Management, and Digital Transformation. In 2019, Chris completed a bucket list item and delivered a TED talk at TEDx Indianapolis.

Involvement includes:

  • Conference Speaker
  • Lean Systems Society Fellowship Inaugural Member
  • Indiana’s TechPoint Tech 25 Member


  • Lean Kanban North America Brickell Key Award Nominee

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