Christopher Browne

Project/ Product manager

Level
Senior
Location
London, United Kingdom
Availability
Locked Pro Plan feature
Professions
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About me

I am currently looking for contract Product/Programme/Innovation management roles. I have just under 12 years’ experience delivering digital products and innovations and enjoy taking on complex projects and delivering new products to market. Please find a breakdown below of my background (CV also attached): - Product management. Defining product vision, roadmap, and backlog. - Programme and Delivery management. Delivery and managing teams. - Digital transformation. Ensuring business and development processes such as agile are in place to allow the product to thrive. - Customer experience. Trends and strategy. I have also summarised my experience of the key sectors I have worked in (Mobile, Finance, and IoT). Apologies for the 'long' read, hopefully, this provides more of a background than my CV and can be easily skim read. Happy to jump on a call if easier. Kind regards, Chris 07768273326 Experience by role Product Management - Certified SCRUM Product Owner - Managed product backlog, requirements, prioritisation, roadmap and delivery for live global products. Ensuring requirements were supported by customer and market research, had a clear objective in line with the product vision and KPI's, associated metrics and any opportunity cost was understood and communicated to relevant stakeholders. These products included Nokia Xpress browser (~113million active users) and Nokia App Store. - Business case and performance tracking. With Lloyd's banking group, I developed the business case for a +£1million project with a monitoring and performance framework and target ROI calculated. - Future vision, strategy, and industry insights. During my time at Microsoft, I worked on a number of future product propositions and new product categories and how to introduce them to the marketplace. - Managed design requirements and delivery for a mobile operating system ('Meltemi') aimed at competing with Android in low-end mobile phones. At the time 'Meltemi' was a secret project with over 1,000 people working on it globally. - MVP concept and development for BP/ Castrol to help their sales staff to quantify and communicate Castrol's premium offer. - Managing offshore development teams whilst at Nokia and Designit/Wipro. - Evaluating when to leverage existing solutions and open source projects versus proprietary development. Whilst deploying a design system within Lloyd's banking group we leveraged a combination of open source and custom development within their regulated environment. - Product and experience focused with a technical mindset. Technology Design Lead at Fjord and academic background in Computer Science and Fine Art. - Experienced in relevant tools such as Jira, Confluence, GitHub Enterprise, Viso, Omnigraffle, Axure (wireframing and proto), Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Survey Monkey. Programme and Delivery Management - Running all stages of a project's lifecycle from initiation, definition, execution, performance, and control, to closing. - Facilitation and workshop skills. - Project planning. Plans, scoping, proposals, Statement of work resourcing, budgeting on projects ranging from £50k to +£1m. - Managing third party suppliers both on and offshore - Communication, reporting, and negotiation. Managing matrixed and complex stakeholder relationships up to C-Level executives. - Proactive risk management and mitigation. - Leading and developing multi-discipline teams. Optimising and growing existing teams as well as establishing new teams. I grew the Nokia servicing team from five to +20 people. I was an initial member of the Advanced Design team at Microsoft. Whilst at Fjord experienced maintaining quality and consistency whilst undergoing rapid growth, from an initial 20 people globally when to over 300 people in the period I was there. - Methodologies, processes, and tools. Experienced in Lean, Design thinking, Business model canvas, JTBD, Agile/SCRUM, Kanban, PMI/PMBOK, and Waterfall. Using a broad depth of knowledge, I aim to tailor the approach to the given team and business need whilst continually adapting and refining. - Ambiguity and uncertainty. Experienced in maintaining velocity when operating in rapidly changing environments or with imperfect information. - Domain development. Supported the project management discipline development within Designit agency, Nokia and Microsoft. This included developing tools (PMIS/SharePoint), templates (project plans, trackers) and processes. Digital transformation (Agile, Organisational optimisation) - Supported Nokia's product teams global transition to Agile. - Microsoft's Advanced Design's representative for the Phones business unit "Innovation opportunity review" model which looked to streamline how innovations were identified, developed and de-risked before entering product programmes. - Developed a Design System for Lloyds banking group that enabled shared assets across agile teams. This programme was a key component of Lloyd's wider digital transformation and was supported by organisational and process recommendations. - Partnering with BP/Castrol, my team developed an MVP product as part of their move away from large-scale development projects towards smaller rapid test, learn and scale projects. - Ensured any digital transformation is underpinned and supported by appropriate business process and product culture. Customer experience (UX, Innovation, Design thinking, Strategy) - Design thinking and service design tools and methodologies. Working in leading innovation and design consultancies has given me a broad knowledge of design tools (user research, personas, user journeys, service maps etc.) and methodologies to identify, frame and meet customers’ needs through engaging experiences. - Thought leadership. Have s¬¬poken at international conferences including EuroIA in Paris, Polish IA summit in Warsaw and MEX (mobile experience) in London. - Whilst working at Nokia I was the Services team's representative for the 'Next Billion' strategy review that involved ethnographic research in rural Kenya. - Developed a trend forecasting tool for Samsung that covered both future technical enablers and socioeconomic factors. This was used to support product concept creation and roadmap prioritisation. - Technology Design Lead for an EU funded research project involving design for connected objects / Internet of Things (IoT). - Led the innovation sandbox programme in the Nokia services team. Experience by Sector Mobile and Apps - Media and entertainment. BBC iPlayer mobile, Eros (Bollywood), Nokia Xpress Now (news aggregator), Time Out. - Localized global apps. Nokia Xpress browser (~113million users), Nokia App Store. - Mobile operating systems. Meltemi, Nokia Asha, NokiaX (Android/AOSP). - Device manufacturers/ OEMs. Samsung, Nokia, Blackberry. - Operators/ Telco. Deutsche Telekom (T-mobile), Vodafone, Orange, Telefonica (O2) Finance (DS cleared) - Spent the last year (2017) working with Lloyds Banking group on a number of projects from a future vision for how open banking could disrupt their mortgages business to a large scale concept and delivery of a 'Design system' to enable asset re-use, consistency, and efficiency across their agile product teams. IoT and Hardware - As Technology Design lead at Fjord, I worked on an international IoT research project (EU funded). Following this work, I was invited with a college to speak at the EuroIA conference in Paris and the PolishIA Summit in Warsaw. This was also later covered on Bruce Sterling’s WIRED blog. Project overview can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/24505857 - Worked on a wearable health and performance platform concept with McLaren that leveraged their Formula 1 technologies (sensors and data platform) into new sectors. - Advanced Design in Microsoft. Focused on concepting, prototyping and testing future consumer products such as new device form factors, audio devices and video capture for VR. - Worked on mobile phone HW/SW alignment whilst at Nokia.

Skills

  • Project Management
  • Delivery Management
  • Product
  • Mobile Applications
  • User-centered Design
  • Programme Management
  • Digital Innovation
  • Digital Transformation
  • Agile
  • Lean UX

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Microsoft

    Microsoft

    • Publishing
  • FJORD

    FJORD

    • Design
  • Nokia

    Nokia

    • Technology

Work history

2017

Senior Project Manager

Designit

Jan 2017 - Nov 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • RESPONSIBILITIES: • Managed the design and development of a Design System enabling reuse of shared assets and knowledge across multiple teams in Lloyds Banking group as a key part of their digital transformation program. Initially a small vision piece of work, I modelled and communicated a strong business case and grew the project to +£1million from an initial 100k. Establishing a partnership between Designit and another Wipro company to form a multidisciplinary team of 15 people across design and development. Ensuring that the tools created were also supported by improved business processes and organizational structure. • Managed the design of a custom product from concept to MVP and testing. The objective was to help Castrol's (BP) sales staff communicate their premium offer and support building a relationship and partnership with their customers whilst also gathering business and market insights. • Supported the Project management domain development within Designit London. This included building project trackers and plan templates.

2017

Traveling and Volunteering

None

Aug 2015 - Jan 2017
  • Asia
  • Full Time
  • Following a short trip building emergency shelters in "The Jungle" refugee camp in Calais, I took a year off to travel and volunteer. During this time, I coordinated search and rescue efforts in Lesvos for refugee boats coming from Turkey, trekked to Everest Base Camp, worked on Earthquake reconstruction in Nepal and youth leadership, clean energy and community resilience in Borneo. Whilst the types of work was varied throughout the year a common theme of leading and motivating people in rapidly changing environments remained throughout. It was also a great opportunity to learn from others, develop and challenge myself.

2015

Senior Project Manager

Microsoft

Sep 2014 - Aug 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • A newly formed cross discipline and experience-led product team, concepting from 2-5 years out within the Phones Business Unit. Creating tangible points of view that provide strategic direction setting for the Phones and Devices Leadership team. RESPONSIBILITIES: • Built and maintained relationships with Microsoft Research and the broader Strategy, Engineering, Design and Product Program teams throughout Microsoft. Ensuring our team had visibility and were aligned to company wide initiatives. • Responsible for the project portfolio and all stages of each project’s life cycle. Managing cross project resourcing, schedule, reporting and risks accordingly. • Established and developed the team's way of working to enable us to quickly respond to requests and ideas. Focusing on collaboration, empowerment and accountability. • Implemented the rollout of Lean Business Canvas within Advanced Design to support communicating and evaluating early stage concepts and business value at leadership level. • Contributed to the 'Innovation operative mode renewal' project that looked to better incorporate and deliver innovation throughout the Phones BU business and product creation processes.

2014

Senior UX Project Manager

Nokia

Feb 2012 - Sep 2014
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Within the Mobile Phones business developed low power, cost constrained phones for emerging high growth markets. Working collaboratively onsite and remotely with global teams. RESPONSIBILITIES: • Member of extended Mobile phones design leadership team • Led Innovation Sandbox – Leveraging existing company skill sets/assets in new areas and for new markets. • Oversee transition of current software development practice to agile on global scale. • Managing facilitation of programs and product priority between Design, Engineering and Business. • Coordinating with government, regional and operator requirements • Services representative within cross functional team redefining the Nokia strategy ‘The Next Billion’ for 2014.

2012

Technology Design Lead

FJORD

Sep 2006 - Feb 2012
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Various roles from Senior Prototyper to UX Designer and finally Technology Design Lead. Responsible for high level advisory and evaluation of emerging technologies and trends. Aiming to understand and communicate the potential impact and opportunity for end users and businesses. A key responsibility was design output, managing 3rd party technical partners and procurement. RESPONSIBILITIES: • Member of the London leadership team. • Fjord’s Technology Design Lead for a European Union funded research project (SMARCOS) focused on the responsible development of the Internet of Things. • Spoke at various international conferences including EuroIA, MEX (mobile user experience) and the PolishIA summit. • Working with McLaren Applied Technologies developed new opportunities and product concepts. • Developed a trend forecasting tool for Samsung.

Education

2008

BSc (hons) Digital Art and Technology (2:2)

University of Plymouth

Sep 2004 - Sep 2008
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Combined discipline of computer science and media arts. Final year project was developing a relaxation game using biofeedback input and custom hardware. This went on to win first place in the HSBC business ideas challenge.