As a kid, I started taking things apart as soon as could turn a screwdriver. Nothing was safe! New toys would be broken down to their core components in a week or two once in my possession. I eventually figured out how to put things back together (in working condition) and commonly with one or more modifications to improve my own, personal experiences.
As an adult, I see untapped potential in most things I encounter. It’s a passion, sometimes a compulsion, to want to improve their functionality. While design work is never truly ‘done’, I actually embrace project constraints as much as requirements because they allow me to frame the scope of my work and focus my efforts on what is most effective. I love that I get to make a living making things better!
My Work Style
I’m all about efficiency. I create streamlined workflows by leveraging the most effective tools and processes while avoiding those that don’t deliver. As a result, I’m able to design comprehensive product interfaces that incorporate complex features in a timely manner with less iteration. My experience in successfully integrating agile development methodologies into the UX teams I’ve lead has been very rewarding. Especially when corresponding development teams are able improve their performance as a result. I am a stickler for details. It’s the small stuff that will trip you up most times. I’m all about data and use it whenever possible to drive iterative design cycles and metrics. If I don’t have it, I’ll find a way to get it, or conduct research to obtain it.
As an experienced manager, I lead by example. As a practitioner, I work independently within a collaborative environment so, it gets done and done right. I love to get my hands dirty whether I’m a manager or a contributor. I integrate well across organizational hierarchy and am a champion for a user-centered development process. The goal is to make sure everyone is on the same page and headed in the right direction.