Amanda Lynn Berkowitz
a m a n d a @ a m a n d a . n e t
Overview
Award-winning, strategic and innovative product manager and technical project manager adept at defining features and strategy for a new product, communicating and prioritizing tasks to meet the goal under tight deadlines, and being an adaptable member of a team in digital media and innovation.
Experience
New York, NY
Technical Project Manager / QA (2015-2016)
Scrum Master, Product Consultant (2016-2017)
2015-2017
  • As the Technical Project Manager, I created the project plan, resolved blockers, and managed the relationship between Product, Design, and Engineering. Managed products included the API migration on all platforms, the web app and relaunch, Road to the NHL live stream homepage takeover, and continuous coordination between our teams and our app partners to build and update apps on iOS, Android, Android TV, Roku, xBox One, xBox 360, and PlayStation 4.
  • As the Scrum Master, I coached the team through the scrum process to ensure a smooth sprint. Led the sprint planning meetings and backlog grooming meetings for each product and department, was the owner of Jira and the kanban boards, and led and followed up on feedback obtained in demos and sprint retrospective meetings. Followed the agile methodology quite strictly but suited for our needs, ensuring the agile scrum process didn't interfere with agile scrum progress.
  • As the Product Consultant, I created the flow diagrams and wireframes for the most recent release of our API and product on web, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, xBox One, and xBox 360. I also trained the Product team on the agile scrum and backlog grooming processes, ticket writing and using kanban boards in Jira, how to write user stories and user acceptance criteria, and understanding the API specs.
  • As the QA Analyst, I manually tested API builds on all devices and tested app builds cross-browser/version, prioritized issues for launch and pushed for quality improvements in process, and managed offsite QA team.
New York, NY
Senior Manager of Technology and Quality Assurance (2013-2015)
Desktop Tech Lead/QA Manager (2010-2013)
Senior Web Developer (2008-2010)
2008-2015
  • Oversaw development for innovative multimedia and interactive projects and products for the entire software development lifecycle in a fast-paced digital agency setting servicing Condé Nast magazine brands and world-class luxury, fashion, beauty, travel, entertainment, and lifestyle clients.
  • Partnership with Client Services: Managed communication between Client Services and Development/QA, assisted in pricing and feasibility discussions during pre-sale, developed a timeline based on scope and resources, confirmed all details are clear and all assets are complete at project kickoff, handled timeline shift or scope creep, and kept them informed with progress.
  • Partnership with Development: Assigned projects to developers, resolved dependencies, sought out unique solutions to complex problems with other Condé Nast teams, and ensured that deadlines were met.
  • Partnership with QA: Set and enforced the standard of QA and SEO to ship a pixel perfect design that functions the way every member of the team had intended cross platform, cross browser, and cross device.
  • Partnership with Innovation: Brainstormed and even developed new ideas that were developed as proof of concepts to pitch to clients.
New York, NY
Mobile and Desktop User Interface Developer / Information Architect
2005 - 2007
  • Launched Blastmob: a highly interactive social network, the first of its kind on pre-smartphone mobile web.
  • Implemented user interface as well as wireframes and user flow.
  • Became an expert in User Experience for cross-device pre-smartphone mobile web and advised Designers on issues of mobile usability.
New York, NY
Integrated digital and experiential marketing agency of parent company Alloy Media + Marketing
Information Architect / User Interface Developer / Project Manager
2004 - 2005
  • Created marketing and promotional websites and products for the tween and young adult market.
  • Managed a broad spectrum of Information Architecture and Development projects.
  • Created interactive HTML wireframes for websites and back-end infrastructure maintenance tools.
  • Involved in all stages of project life cycle, from early brainstorming to design, implementation and deployment.
New York, NY
Senior Developer
2002 - 2003
  • Created electronic publishing tools for archiving rare and visually detailed scholarly texts.
  • Wrote scripts to help process and reformat e-books stored in XML format.
  • Designed and developed a product for presentation of stored texts for users.
  • Reorganized, reformatted, and presented large volumes of textual and graphic content for the web.
New York, NY
User Experience Developer / Designer
2002 - 2003
  • Collaborated with a project manager and team of developers on MS Office plug-in for verifying authenticity of electronic documents using USPS Electronic Postmark (EPM).
  • Oversaw project look-and-feel, including desktop software GUI, web-based promotional content, and investor promotional presentations.
  • Undertook numerous projects utilizing optimized graphics.
New York, NY
Web Developer / Information Architect
2000 - 2001
  • Executed a wide range of consulting projects, in a team of 25 developers, designers, and project managers.
  • Developed the front end and CMS of HealthScout, a subscription-based publisher of health-related content.
  • Created wireframes and user flows for the designers and developers to create the product.
  • Managed tight deadlines and prioritized change requests during development.
  • Wrote documentation and conducted demos and trainings for the client at product handoff.
New York, NY
Web Developer
1999 - 1999
  • Launched and maintained magazine, music, and television web sites with teams of producers and designers.
  • Created CMS and auto-publishing tool that enabled users to demo and test customized material.
  • Helped create the product plan for a large music review product.
Student R&D Project Director / Web Developer
1995 - 1999
Technical Skills
  • Management: Agile Methodology, Jira, TeamGantt, ActiveCollab, Basecamp, Redmine
  • Development: HTML, CSS, JavaScript/JQuery, PHP, SQL, Omniture, Akamai, SEO
  • Design: Photoshop, Adobe in Design/Viewer DE app bundling
Awards
  • 2014 Q2 Condé Nast Marketer of the Quarter
  • Eight different 2014 IAC Internet Advertising Competition Awards
  • 2013 Business Insider Sexiest Developer on Earth
  • 2012 Webby Mobile Advertising Award (credited to Deutsch Inc.)
  • 2012 IAC Outstanding Advertising Developer Award
  • 2011 Media Vanguard Best iPad Ad Production Studio Award
  • 2011 MIN Digital Team of the Year Award
  • 2010 Condé Nast Innovators of the Year Award
Education
BS in Information Management Technology and Research; Minor in Art Photography
1995 - 1999
Stuyvesant Diploma, Focus on Computer Science
1991 - 1995
Lean Agile and the Team
2016
Product Management Bootcamp
2014
Outsourcing & Managing Software Development
2014
Sake Professional Course Certification
2007