I am a hands-on technical leader located in Rochester, NY
Started in 1995, the Camelot Project turned into much more than Arthurian literature. I was the lead developer in taking this massive amount of information, organizing it, and presenting it in a much more user-friendly way. This drupal project has had multiple improvements as theme pages, a Solr based faceted search engine, and an entire revisioning workflow process.
Several physical locations that support undergraduate/graduate students, researchers, faculty, and staff of the University of Rochester. This drupal website includes tools to synchronize research database information from a ColdFusion system, integration with BlackBoard learning system, and integration with several 3rd party services.
Served on and guided technical teams through all phases of the software development life cycle including requirements gathering, design, development, testing, implementation, and support. Adept at identifying business needs while combining people, process, and technology to construct innovative and successful solutions. Well respected by peers through demonstrating passion for technology, creativity, and a polished final product.
With 10+ years of web development experience, I have worked on many successful projects. My approach to design involves defining goals, prototyping, executing for those goals, and measuring results. I favor using open source software solutions, and have equal amounts of experience with front-end (UX) and back-end development. My most recent projects have used technologies such as PHP, CodeIgniter, Drupal, Wordpress, jQuery, Scala, Postgres, Node.JS, AWS, and Solr.
I practice the Build / Measure / Learn process taught by Eric Ries and his Lean Startup methodology. This model is particularly useful for new product development and startups which have great uncertainty and require constant learning to be successful. I am also a strong supporter of Scrum, which is an agile development methodology. Scrum adopts a holistic and flexible approach which aligns with the principles of the Lean Startup philosophy.
As an MBA graduate of University of Rochester's Simon School of Business, I have been through rigorous training in business management. This education has given me the ability to be a better leader and understand the deeper challenges and opportunities in software development in regards to people, process, and technology. Having a technical background and an MBA allows me to be a liaison between management and developers and utilize technology to create new competitive advantages.