I am a product manager with a specialty in user experience. I am also an avid storyteller, a trail runner, and a fan of science fiction. I believe that we are whole individuals, and that compartmentalizing the professional from the rest of our lives limits our abilities to problem solve and bring our full potential to bear on work-related problems. I am looking for work in California that can embrace the idea that my best skills came from broad and varied life experiences.
A Bit About Me
I’ve lead UX on a wide range of projects (from the construction to education industries). Leading UX include:
– Running and evaluating data from usability tests
– Site mapping, writing user journeys, writing user stories for development teams, writing workflows
– Wireframing and prototyping
– Coordinating design teams to implement UI that addresses all known user needs
The reality is most start-up’s don’t have budget for a full time UX specialist, so that specialty comes with a series of PM skills, including:
– Product planning schedules
– Product financial cases, as well as viability and priority evaluations
– Researching and implementing feature prioritization
– Shepherding projects from inception to market launch in their entirety
Here’s the thing though: Great Project Managers are not note takers, list makers, meeting coordinators. Great Project Managers are people who can take a concept or idea and shepherd it from someones head, or notes on the back of a napkin, to reality. All the things project managers do are tools used in this one over-riding goal: Make it happen (preferably on time and under budget).
The tools I use are things anyone can master, but here’s a list of things to look for when you’re on the hunt for a Great Project Manager.
I have heard many times that I should “clean up” my online presence. That my storytelling, and my fan blogs, and other parts of me should not be part of what is available to those looking to hire me for “professional” work. I smile, and nod, and move on doing what I’m doing. The truth is, being a storyteller and a fan and a friend and a family member are all the biggest advantages you could look for in an employee.