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- 23+ years in the Seattle software development industry. - 17+ years in employee management - 19+ years successfully managing hundreds of commercial software projects from start to finish, including: -- Requirements definition -- Portfolio management -- Process definition and improvement -- Budgets/Estimates -- Schedules -- Usability -- Managing project managers, developers, QA, designers, tech writers, build team -- Reporting to stakeholders at all levels -- Production deployments of large Software As A Service (SaaS) systems -- Hiring, interviewing, team building and development - Held technical positions from entry level to senior developer. - PMP Certified - 6+ years managing scrum (Agile) teams, 18+ full PMBOK - Full development process from requirements to shipping and support - Most projects have either been directly for Fortune 500 customers, or were products or systems that were built for Fortune 500 companies. - Recent projects are .Net SaaS, but others include embedded, telephony, server based, speech recognition, and desktop applications. - Also worked in tech support, usability, training, and even data center installations Specialty: I ship software - hundreds and hundreds of commercial releases, both big and small. SaaS, Enterprise, Telephony, Boxed Product, and Embedded. I fix broken teams and products, and build happy teams that ship good software on time.
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Software Development Mgr

Apr 2013

Software Development Manager for the Ebook Vendor Experience in the Kindle group at Amazon. We build the systems that large publishers use to send millions of ebooks to Amazon. Responsible for team management, cross-team project management, Scrum Master role, operational management, planning, and people management. - Managed a software development team that developed and maintained the ingestion of all Kindle EBooks from all, large publishers, worldwide. - Agile Development – Scrum and Kanban methodologies used, create a custom “ScrumBan” method developed to balance new features and operations. - Large amount of data, highly scaled systems with high availability. - International work with customers, publishers, and other Amazon teams. - Large amount of cross-team coordination.

Scrum Master / Dev Manager

Aug 2008 - Apr 2015 (6 years)

I managed a team of software developers and testers who use Agile Scrum methodology to make software for the world's largest technology company. Our applications managed billions of dollars in transactions each year - more than 70% of their enterprise business. We developed both Windows desktop and Software as a Service (SaaS) applications using Microsoft .Net, Visual Studio, and Team Foundation Server. We deployed sprints to production every month - on time, with good quality, and my team worked normal hours. We also consistently exceed our up-time commitments. Responsibilities included people management, project management, requirements gathering, scrum master, high level architecture.

Program Manager

Aug 2007 - Aug 2008 (1 year)

One year contract to lead a CIO sponsored, $3.3 million re-engineering effort in the Microsoft IT department to move a legacy client-server application to a .NET, Service Oriented Architecture. The project is mission critical to Microsoft - all Microsoft products pass through this system on the way to manufacturing. Very high visibility with numerous stakeholders on 3 continents and a development team in India.

Owner / President

Oct 2004 - Jun 2007 (2 years)

I started my own company that specialized in consignment sales. I managed the Web site, balanced the budget, worked with customers, managed employees, and everything else that a small business owner does.

Director of Engineering

Oct 2003 - Nov 2004 (1 year)

Responsible for all project management, software development, QA, usability, technical writing, and Web site design for Who's Calling. The software development department was made up of 43 people reporting to me through managers and leads. Tracked twenty plus concurrent projects, budgets, equipment and software purchases, HR issues, patches, and releases. The company provided a Web based (Software As A Service - SaaS) application front end and a "5 nine," telephony service.

Director of Corporate Product Certification

Jul 2002 - Sep 2003 (1 year)

As Director of Corporate Product Certification I was responsible for QA, Technical Writing, and Usability for several product lines that included a voicemail product, a network faxing product, and products for the wireless industry. Responsible for 30+ employees, budgets, schedules, HR issues, equipment and software purchases. Multiple projects were underway at all times.

Director of Software Development

Apr 1999 - Jun 2002 (3 years)

As Director of Software Development I was responsible for all aspects of product development including software engineering, QA, technical writing, usability, budgets, HR issues, schedules, and hardware and software purchases. Product lines included speech recognition applications for server, desktop, and handheld use. Multiple releases were under development at all times.

Software Development Mgr

Jan 1998 - Mar 1999 (1 year)

I joined Vogo as a Sr Developer. As I unpacked my box on my first day, they asked if I knew Borland Delphi. I said that I had never seen it. They said that a vendor had sent in the code for our main product, but no one could get it to build. Four hours later, I got it to build and was named official liaison to the vendor. I developed server based, telephony code for Windows using C++ and SQL Server. Later I was made project manager, and then promoted to development manager. I had a team of developers and testers working on a unified messaging product until the funding from the investors became problematic. I reported to the VP of Development.

Software Engineer

Feb 1991 - Dec 1997 (6 years)

I started at Mosaix after graduating from college. I was a field engineer and I wrote custom software, trained customers, took tech support calls, ran cables, and anything else that needed done. After 3 years I moved to the product development organization and where I did emergency hot fixes and custom development on 12 million lines of very old, and largely undocumented, C on Unix. I helped the company move to its first, Windows NT project with Visual Studio, Visual Interdev, C++, COM and DCOM. I also wrote the first Intranet application for the company in 1994, and the first Web application in 1995. The company was later bought by the company that is now known as Avaya and my telephony and Web applications are still sold by them, today. After 4 years I was a software developer III and moved on to take advantage of an opportunity to continue learning new technologies.


BS Computer Science

1985 - 1990 (5 years)


PMP (2011)


Project Management Professional


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