Most people spend more time & energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.
—Henry Ford

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Optimize Product & Engineering Operations

Many startups make a lot of movement in their Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) process, but that movement is chaotic and less effective.  Startups need to focus ruthlessly on the features that matter and delivering them quickly and effectively.

I will assess and implement streamlined, efficient operational process across your product and engineering in partnership with your existing staff. Build a process that works for you and your team.

I bring proven frameworks to the table for all aspects of product and engineering operations that are easy for your team to adapt and align to. These frameworks are proven to help teams accelerate their feature delivery by up to 5X.

"There are so many amazing ways that Kathy has provided guidance and expertise as our company winds its way through our software startup journey. I think her magic is in breaking down big thinking into actionable ideas.  Kathy is always able to get to help us get to the root cause of the problem quickly, and develop experiments to solve the issue. She has transformed the way we approach our product development."

Maggie Mathias
Chief Product Officer, 2nd Nature

"I am fortunate to have benefited from Kathy’s mentorship since 2019. Kathy has so much experience building technical teams at companies of all different sizes / stages that I never seem to exhaust her reserve for excellent advice or guidance. Every time that I think that I am about to stump her, Kathy makes a recommendation or suggests a new perspective that I have not previously thought of. It always seems so obvious after hearing it from Kathy."

Nat Evatt
Chief Technology Officer, 2nd Nature

Assessment Areas

  • Product Roadmap
  • Release Management & Process
  • Product Feature Set Review
  • Technical Architecture Review
  • Alignment meeting cadence and agendas
  • Adoption of agile / lean best practices
  • Security, compliance, & risk management
  • Interview key leadership and stakeholders
  • Individual contributors perspectives
  • Challenges (product, people, & process)

Action Plans

  • Product Roadmap
  • Release Management & Process
  • Product Feature additions / changes
  • Technical Architecture improvements
  • DevOps, CI/CD, Automated Testing refinements
  • Security / Compliance concerns
  • Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) evolution
  • Peer and Cross-Organization Alignment
  • Inter- and Intra-team collaboration
  • Leadership growth plans