Dave's Work Experience

Product experience

I am a product-focused engineer. Or an engineering-focused product manager.

Boarddocs Policy Console - For most of the last decade, I was building a Policy Management solution for the K-12 market. I started more on the 'engineer' side of the fence, but grew to be almost 100% on the 'product' side, acting as product owner for the last couple years.
I coded the initial idea into an MVP in 3 weeks, then spent a year travelling the country, meeting with potential customers, and extending the feature set until we had a product that met most needs of most customers.
We then rolled in a steady state for a few years - adding features, enhancing UX, growing until we were acquired and integrated into a larger company.
I left, but after a while was asked to return and continued to evolve the product, guiding a new dev team to replatform the product to a new stack and integrate with the larger business.

Topcoder / TopCrowd - A couple years ago, I moved to a new company and built a new SaaS product to bring a competitive software challenge model into enterprise organizations. I coded the initial MVP, worked to expand the product and guided the team until it was self-sufficient without me.
I am now back on the product side, working to integrate with other products and doing some research to help the leadership evaluate overall strategic directions.

Next? - I am open to something new - reach out to me at hikingdave @ gmail.com if you think I may be able to help you out.

Coding experience

I coded. 20+ years of it. I'm done with that now, barring extreme circumstances or opportunities.
It included multiple startups, both successful and not, as well as being a key member of internal enterprise IT organizations.
I worked at various times as an individual team member, tech lead, founder, and independent consultant.

Consulting Experience

My consulting projects over the years have included:

  • Platform Migrations and Upgrades.
  • Business Intelligence Dashboards
  • Planning Domino Decommission/Migration projects including application portfolio analysis and target platform recommendations.
  • SCADA, data gathering, and reporting system for a renewable energy startup.
  • Development manager for startups.
  • Individual Career Coaching

Industry experience

I have worked in: Research Labs, Technology Consulting, Enterprise IT, Public Sector, Education, Healthcare, Content Management, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Shipping, Banking, Oil / Gas, Government, Transportation, and Analytics.