Smart Guess Creator

Björn Brynjar Jónsson
Chief Tinkerer @ Smart Guess

Björn Brynjar Jónsson

Insanely curious Software Developer. Got interested in how to run successful projects, then how to build great products. Key contributor in releasing Smart Guess for Planning Poker to the Atlassian Marketplace.

Computer Science, Master of Project Management and Philosophy

Started my carrier as a developer, at a small startup in Reykjavík, Iceland, January 3rd, year 2000. Graduated with B.Sc. in Computer Science in June 2001. Soon I got interested in Agile and Lean methods. Started leading development teams in 2006. Graduated with Masters degree in Project Management in 2008. Got interested in Philosophy and completed approximately first year during 2009-2010 at the University of Iceland.

Since 2006 I have been leading projects and working in product management. Founded Envision ehf late 2018 and have been working for clients leading development teams, sharing knowledge, teaching among other things. Currently I am teaching a course on "Software development processes and project management", with focus on Agile methods at the University of Reykjavík.

Insanely curious

What does insanely curious mean? It means constantly seeking new knowledge and applying new methods in the field. What drives me is a deep passion for what I am doing and learning new things. Developing software is hard. Creating successful solutions is really really hard. One of the key factors behind a successful solution is effective collaboration among the diverse group of people behind a project.

To be more effective in leading teams, I have during my carrier constantly been deepening my understanding about disciplines successful software solutions often depend on. For this purpose I have studied marketing, sales, business administration, strategy, innovation, behavioral economics, psychology, user interface design, user experience, copy writing and more. In addition I have gone deep into Agile-, Lean- methods, Product- and Project- management. The book covers on this page are only a small sample (less than 10%) of the material I have been studying for this purpose. In total I have read over 250 books on this journey and still counting 🤓.

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