VP, Product Development
As Director, Product Development managed the Agile development process for the maintenance and enhancement of the WorthPoint website.Baseline was built on the Drupal CMS utilizing 200+ modules and contained over 2 million nodes.Development team consisted of a local lead engineer and offshore developers in Illigan City, Philippines.
·Managed 30 plus developers locally and off-shore.Traveled to off-shore contractor facilities in Philippines to oversee implementation of new development processes and team structure.
·Work with product owners to populate backlog, prioritize tasks, and monitor sprints.Managed each product owner as their own project including Product Manager, Sales, Taxonomy/Operations, Marketing, Content and Data Loading.
WorthPoint acquired GoAntiques in the winter of 2009 and the development efforts were migrated to their offices/team in Columbus, OH.Product Development Director role migrated to a Vice President position with the responsibility of overseeing all efforts pertaining to software maintenance and new development.The development team for this consisted of a team of 8 software engineers and quality assurance personnel in Columbus.
·Supported the migration of all content from Drupal to a Grails/Wordpress architecture.Developed the new WorthPoint theme for Wordpress and migrated existing content of over 3000 articles.
·Managed requirements and developers efforts for new functionality and efforts including the following:
oCreation of backend management system for support staff to monitor and troubleshoot customer issues
oMigration of e-commerce from VeriSign to Paypal
oCreation of coupon codes to allow for discount offerings of all WorthPoint products
oEstablished weekly newsletter with subscription option
oManaged efforts to define an all-encompassing taxonomy for antiques and collectibles.Internal subject matter experts defined the top two node levels.Designed and oversaw the development of a patented crowd sourced solution to define further levels through the use of a custom wiki. Launched Alpha version of the wiki in January 2010.
oSupported various SEO improvements within the site.Efforts resulted in an average of 100k daily unique visitors to the site in December.