About John Esser

John is currently the Director of Engineering Productivity and Agile Development at Ancestry.com. His team’s mission is to accelerate engineering’s ability to deliver value to the customer. He is the architect of Ancestry’s transformation to Agile development and continuous delivery. John has more than 25 years software development experience working for such companies as IBM, Corel, Callware Technologies, and Control4. His spare time is gobbled up by his beautiful wife, four teenage sons, reading lots of books, and fly-fishing for trout on the Provo River.

Past Articles

DevOps: A Disruptive Innovation?

Posted on October 14, 2013 in DevOps

One of the most frequent questions I get when speaking at conferences or with other industry folks is, “How do I get DevOps going at my company?” Always a great question, but not always easy to answer. Obviously, there are a lot of factors and issues to consider.  So a lot of the time I… Read more

Let DevOps be DevOps…Nothing More Nothing Less

Posted on July 12, 2013 in Continuous Delivery, DevOps

I recently attended DevOps Days in Santa Clara, a two-day conference/event focused on the DevOps culture and practices.  Even though the conference is in its fourth year, you still get talks about what DevOps is and what it means. The term “DevOps” is relatively new movement in the software development industry.  Patrick Debois, a sysadmin/developer,… Read more

FlowCon: Continuous Delivery, Continuous Design and Lean Product Development

Posted on June 28, 2013 in Agile, Continuous Delivery, DevOps, Technology Conferences

Over the past few years, Ancestry.com has been moving toward agile development methods. In fact, that’s the main reason I joined the company three years ago. Since starting at the company, I have worked at moving Ancestry.com into agile methods, including teaching Scrum. Over the years, agile has taken root in the company and the… Read more