Flipping between PM and developer for years is not very common in tech. Most of my PMs (as a developer) lacked technical skills and stuck to "organizing". Many developers know their job is safe and just let PMs either fail or learn how to stay out of the way. To wit, being a tech PM can be difficult. Common problems in estimation and other underlying limiters are often obscured by unnecessary layers of gobbledygook and acronyms.
Hybrid experience is my superpower. Leaning on 1 million+ lines of code written, dozens of project launches, and quite a few rescues under my belt, I show up ready - be it a well formed team, an agile transformation, or consulting to get a project back on track.
“Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even though they rarely stick to their plan.” – Winston Churchill
How I work
- The servant-leadership mindset with a focus on supporting and enabling teams.
- Highly organized, motivated, and execution-oriented.
- Prefer and excel in highly technical and fast-paced environments.
- Contextualizing quality and thoroughness of projects.
- Well-spoken and comfortable presenting to all sizes and types of audiences.
- Infosec, CIS, and threat aware - I take others data very seriously.
- Skilled in leading meetings and keeping focus.
- Trustworthy and transparent relationship with team members.
- Obsessed with continuous learning, creativity, and problem-solving.
- Value collaboration as well as autonomy for self and others.
- A strong impact behind the scenes, I am the sum total of my team.
- Accustomed to coordinating day-to-day tasks for distributed teams.
- Dedicated to monitoring progress and metrics.
- Drive adoption of new technology and processes.
- Document project details for all team members and users.
What I do.
- Backlog refinement/management
- Execute Ceremonies
- Vendor Management
- Process definition
- Stakeholder Management
- Road Mapping
- PM Platform agnostic
- Software and deployment agnostic
- Design, marketing, and cross-functional experience
- Project Recovery
- Acquisition planning
- Story creation/BA duty
- Due diligence
- Migrations/expansion Planning and management
Q's and A's.
Q: Do you have PMP, APMP, PRINCE, or similar certifications?
I am certified as a Scrum Master and Product Owner via Scrum.org. I study all forms of project management diligently but because I take roles beyond PM work (CTO, consultant, Scrum Master, etcetera) keeping these certifications active is impossible. My work with small teams and start-ups leans more on experience and quick thinking than any prescribed process or workflow. In larger and more bureaucratic scenarios these certifications are currency. The teams I support and the work I chase do not generally value PM certifications.
Q: How long have you been doing PM work?
In some ways my whole life. My first management position was at age 16 and PM work was a natural fit. From 2006 to 2009 I was a PM, again on and off for the next decade, then again permanently as of 2019. As of 2022, I have 5+ dedicated years of experience
Q: What types of projects do you take?
Generally, I work in areas I am familiar with, this includes most common web and application technology, infrastructure, feature development, and many different languages. If I am fuzzy or low on experience I am more than happy to call it out early and learn what is required.