Hi! I’m Dave. I translate business strategy into digital capability. I work with business leaders to channel business strategy into detailed definition, and with designers and developers to channel definition into working software. Recently, I’ve been working with product owners to understand their goals and define the development tasks required to deliver valuable features. This includes creating user stories and other reference documentation. Elicitation can include the use of wireframes, process flows, and high-level data structures. I then work with designers and developers to guide the development of those features.
Previously, I worked within digital agencies to understand our clients’ goals and designed engagements that included discovery, design, and development services. I talked to each client to understand their unique capabilities, challenges, and objectives. I then worked closely with designers and developers to create a custom approach for each client and developed estimates of time and cost. I led discovery workshops with clients to identify audiences, define interactions, and develop initial product roadmaps. Based on the definition developed in these collaborative sessions, I created user stories and user acceptance criteria for the delivery team.
Before that, I was an applications developer for 13 years. My core competency was with a minicomputer operating system called Pick (aka Reality/U2/D3/mvBase/MultiValue). I worked on a variety of legacy applications including warehouse management, dispatch, ERP, contact management, retail, and a number of niche B2B applications. My time was split between new development and “white knight” operations where I would need to diagnose problems in unfamiliar applications and prescribe a solution. This variety of experience gave me an abstract problem-solving approach that is effective in many different situations.
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Selected books from my bookshelf.
Better Business Writing by Bryan Garner
Everybody Writes by Ann Handley
The Non-Designers Design Book by Robin Williams
Intelligence Essentials for Everyone by Lisa Krizan
Critical Thinking and Intelligence Analysis by David T. Moore
The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox
Good Strategy/Bad Strategy by Richard P. Rumelt
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp et. al.
The Art of UNIX Programming by Eric Raymond