Nancy Beck

(646) 247-4812                                                                                           nancy.beck@nbeck.net
New York, NY                                                                           http://www.linkedin.com/in/nancyabeck

 

Product Manager w Accessibility Specialist w Certified Scrummaster (CSM)

 

Professional Experience

Pearson Education w 2014 - Present

Senior Product Manager: Pearson System of Courses apps on IOS, Windows and Chromebook for K12 English Language Arts and K11 Mathematics curriculum.  This exciting digital system of learning, built from the ground up, is rooted in research showing that students learn best in a collaborative community, led by a strong teacher who centers instruction on a rich and challenging curriculum.

       Improve communication of student and teacher needs among cross-functional teams at the intersection of consolidated product roadmaps.

       Decide features and functionality built by scrum teams to align with roadmap.

       Design Beta test plan to give sales, marketing and services teams early access to a new platform implementation, speeding their ability to bring the product to customers.

       Advocate for customer and stakeholders, ensuring optimal user experience, pedagogical fidelity and product vision during vendor development cycles for apps and components.

       Champion accessibility guidelines among all teams in the project.

Jovus, Inc. w 2002 - 2014

Technical Product Manager / Senior Engineer: Copilot to the lead developer for the core company product that does authoring, workflow, compliance, publication and distribution of equity research, improving customer time-to-publish from 12 hours to 20 minutes.

       Improved new customer deployment time from six weeks to four days and reduced team capacity requirements by 40% by using agile methods to guide performance tuning, iterative improvements, and pro-active maintenance plans

       Developed and released new features and enhancements for production systems as full stack Java engineer (Servlets, JSP, SOAP, Swing, XML, XSLT, Apache Tomcat, Oracle, MS SQL Server).

       Crafted disaster recovery plans: DR events had no discernible disruptions to customers.

Citigroup w 2002

Business Analyst: Provided Citigroup Investment Research with technical functional specifications for integrating a new global equity research database with legacy databases and applications.

Scholastic, Inc. w 1997 2001

Team Lead / Java Developer: Developed JavaBeans, Servlets and ASP for dozens of applications, games, and quizzes for classroom use by students and teachers.  Promoted code reuse and iterative improvements among other developers, conducted technical reviews.  Determined most stable approach for use of emerging technologies, trained team members and advised content producers.

New York University, SCPS Information Technologies w 1997 2001

Adjunct Instructor

Other

The Creative Center At University Settlement w 2011 Present

Advisory board member, teaching artist, art studio facilitator

Education

Collabnet, Inc.

SSWUG

IBM Learning Services

Sun Educational Services

Toronto Technology

New York University

Ryerson University/Chang School

Nassau Community College

Baruch College

Pearson Accessibility Specialist Training

 

References available upon request.