I'm a product designer, user experience strategist and design manager living and working in Silicon Valley. I design enterprise and consumer applications for desktops, tablets, and phones and build teams to continue to make them successful.
When people ask me what I do, I always find it difficult to answer in a succinct way. I define products and manage development, but I'm not a product manager or project manager. I write code, but I'm not a software engineer. User experience lives tenuously between product and engineering like a tightrope walker, and because of that it's often misunderstood.
The best, yet incomplete, description I can come up with is that I help businesses define and create products that are easy and enjoyable for people to use. I'm a strong believer in cross-functional teams delivering delightful products, rather than siloed individuals collaborating on features, regardless of whether the product is a consumer mobile app or an enterprise console. The people might range from someone checking their personal email on their smartphone to a system administrator scaling the deployment of a service in an operations center, but both are looking to software to improve their lives, not get in their way. I enjoy solving these sorts of hard problems and helping people communicate information clearly and collaborate easily. If you think you might need help doing that, let me know.
I currently live in Morgan Hill, California with my wife and my four children. Aside from computers and design, I enjoy cycling with my kids, coaching youth basketball and flag-football teams, following SF Giants baseball and Monte Vista Mustangs high school football.