I enjoy consulting with both startups and established companies. For startups I focus on Steve Blank's Customer Discovery process with an emphasis on MVPs and rapid prototyping. For established companies I enjoy solutions architecture as well as coaching Lean and Agile principles.
Customer Discovery is core to the Lean and Agile process. The two most important steps are identifying first what the riskiest part of your plan is and second whether you have a problem worth solving. I facilitate business modelling through the Lean and Business Model Canvas as well as build early stage roadmaps to rapidly move from ideation to execution. In particular I emphasize an MVP and prototype approach that reduces costs and risk and increases speed to market.
Microservices provides a flexible approach to architecture decisions. I can rapidly iterate CRUD APIs in Flask for your projects, prototypes, apps or ideas.
I specialize in the art of the Minimum Viable Product, data driven decisions (quantitative) and participatory observation (qualitative). Whether it's A|B testing, a sales funnel, surveys, interviews or value stream mapping, designs are informed by customer behaviors as reported in data. Having a keen insight for what problem you need to solve first differentiate between useful data and noise.
Do you have a problem worth solving? Do you have problem-solution fit? Do you have product-market fit? What roadmap of features and MVPs will get us to where we want to go? These are questions I think about every day. I love Product Management and want to activate other PMs to become as effective as they can be. I provide leadership, coaching and mentorship services as well as organizational change consulting.
I am an expert in Lean and Agile methodologies and organizational adoption. I focus on Kanban and Scrum as well as process tailoring, including applying Agile execution within Waterfall contracts and SOWs. I have experience with all the major PM products (Trello, Asana, Pivotal Tracker, Airtable, etc.), but specialize in JIRA and have implemented it corporate wide across both technical and non-technical teams.
“Don't undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible”
Edwin Land, Scientist, Inventor and Co-Founder of Polaroid
What people say about my work:
Patrick has been the great proponent in Decernis for making decisions with the customer's needs in mind. He does an excellent job in working with customers and developing products that are beneficial and useable. Patrick keeps the focus of development on track and communicates effectively with clients any changes to the schedule. He also has a great sense of how to use existing products to solve customers problems. This gift makes customers successful and want to work with him. Working with Patrick is never a bad choice.
I worked with Patrick for over 4 years in the build out and continuing redesign/improvement of Decernis News. We have worked in a collegial and highly collaborative manner, and Patrick has consistently been organized and methodical while being creative and innovative at the same time. He is very responsive to our clients, to me, and to our team. Patrick has continued to improve his technical skills and his managerial skills as well.
Patrick led the strategic roadmap and tactical execution with one of the development teams I managed at STX. His project was one of the most organized, positive, and effective that I had the opportunity to work with. Patrick has great judgment as a PM, and knows when to push things through and when to push back. He also gets agile methodology and understands the right balance between planning and doing. It was a pleasure to work with him.
I have a great deal of respect for Patrick's management style and abilities. He juggles many stakeholders effectively and is genuinely interested and motivated by the work he does. He is both technically and strategically savvy, balancing business needs and technical tradeoffs easily. I've been impressed with how much Patrick is able to manage in terms of understanding new technical complexity. I would be happy to work with Patrick again.
Patrick is a great manager with a technical background, which is very helpful. During our cooperation Patrick worked with several distributed teams with great success. He definitely showed his leadership and management skills solving all of our blockers or problems with highest priority. In my opinion he is the glue between technical and non-technical worlds. Patrick has a great understanding of Agile principles. His role of Product Owner in our Scrum Team was indispensable.
I hired Patrick as an IT advisor to conduct technical and market-based research for my startup data analytics company. As a founder, I appreciated his motivational support in me, my idea and my company. Patrick works his heart out. He anticipates potential future challenges and prepares the team for them. He is steadfast. He is passionate. He skillfully leads technical and non-technical teams down a path of excellence. Most importantly, he gets it right.