maker, writer, controller, introvert
I really like building and harmonizing things, and I especially like taking things away. I like immersing myself in a problem and I usually come up with unconventional but effective recommendations.
Trained in innovation design and communication, I'd be a strong addition to your Product Management team. I'm particularly interested in working on projects that focus on a real-world problem (that is physical/material, not only SaaS and digital platforms) to come up with efficient and novel pathways to solve it.
I'm also really knowledgeable about sustainability. This isn't a puffery tacked on to try to signal virtue. This is a committed interest for which I haven't yet been rewarded by the marketplace, which is a crying shame.
Things I can do
Choosing a narrow band of managerial/technical skills, I'd say the greatest value comes from:
Listening for the problem and create appropriate messaging to support people in solving the problem their way
Analyzing the root of why a complex problem occurs, in order to address it or reduce its repetition or magnitude
Breaking down work into its components and selecting a method
Keeping track of budgets and timelines, as a project or product manager would
Considering alternative perspectives and scenarios
Cutting the cruft and simplifying
Maintaining a positive and cheerful disposition while looking reality in the eye
Some things I've done
To practice design processes and learn online marketing from a product perspective, I wrote a practical life-planning workbook that took a big chunk out of the ponderous collection of such advice, along with a monthly agenda series. These are no longer available but you can see what content remains at Projectica.
I sometimes (OK, rarely now) blog at Big City Litle Homestead on DIY projects that everyday regular homeowners, property owners, landscape professionals can help bring about #theworldweneed, to save biodiversity and mitigate local climate change.
In a previous life, I was a technical writer – so it's familiar for me to have one foot solidly in the tech world. The base knowledge and skills don't evaporate. Writing isn't the focus of what I do – it's a skill borne out of the necessity of communication, and the pleasure of reading. I get the most satisfaction in substantive edits and revision – helping others fix their writing so others would want to pay attention.
I'm also financially savvy – trained and experienced in accounting, finance and investments.
Things that interest me (both professional and not)
Innovation and design
Organization (as a verb)
Applied artistic techniques, whether traditional/artisanal or innovative
Conservation, sustainability, and resiliency
Effective altruism, social investment and impact funds
Landscapes, gardening, and agriculture
Birds, whales, and, frankly, all animals
Books, reading, and writing
Where you can find me
Most of the time you can find me in Montreal, but relocation is in my near future. I love to travel – especially by train and boat – and I make a home of wherever I go.
You can find me at the email list and social accounts below: