Toronto-area Web Developer and Agile Product Manager
Hello! My name is Luke Walker, and for over 10 years, I've been working for different Toronto-based startups (for- and non-profit): TakingITGlobal, Career Cruising, and BiblioCommons, in various product-oriented roles.
Most recently, I spent over three years as a Product Manager at BiblioCommons, with a portfolio of products that included a summer reading application for libraries, the 'schools' version of BiblioCommons' catalog (used by over 1200 schools in NYC), and various social features built as part of a special partnership with the Seattle Public Library. I was also the product owner for our implementation of Mozilla's Open Badge standard.
In the last few months, I've turned my attention to building my skills as a developer by completing The Odin Project's series of open-source web development courses. I'm currently looking for more technical roles so that I can keep developing my skills in this area.For more details about me/my skills/my work experience, visit:
As a Developer
This is a small sampling of the projects I completed as I worked through The Odin Project's curriculum:
As a Product Manager
At BiblioCommons, I was the product owner of the school/student-oriented products—BiblioSchools & Biblio Summer Sites, as well as library-sponsored portions of the Biblio Core Catalog, namely the social components funded by Seattle Public Library, and a major upgrade to the display of periodical publications for the New York Public Library.
I was also responsible for the BiblioSchools product, which provided the software connecting over 1200 school libraries and the three New York City public libraries, as part of a $5 million grant from Citi. The project involved the development of two new ILS connectors, as well as a union architecture, making it possible to browse multiple libraries at once. The goal of the project was to achieve a more efficient distribution of learning resources, enriching school libraries with supplemental resources delivered from the public libraries.
For an overview of my work at TakingITGlobal, Atmosphere Industries, and Career Cruising, check out this portfolio (PDF).
To read the chapter I co-authored for the MacArthur Foundatation series on Digital Media & Learning, visit MIT Press.
- Front End
- HTML 5
- CSS3 3
- Back End
- Rails 4
- Postgres, MySQL
- Other Technical
- Version control tools (git)
- Issue/project tracking (Jira, Confluence, Basecamp)
- Sublime Text
- Various APIs (Google Maps, Youtube, OMDB, Moves, Open Badges)
- Product Skills
- Agile processes/scrum
- Requirement gathering
- Grant writing
- Budget development & management
- User Testing
Email: luke (dot) walker (at) gmail (dot) com or message me on Linked In.