Alexander Weekes, Project Manager in Bristol, United Kingdom
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Alexander Weekes

Verified Expert  in Project Management

Project Manager

Location
Bristol, United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since
July 26, 2018

Alex has helped dozens of founders and senior leaders execute innovative solutions to real problems. Prior to joining the Toptal network, he integrated athlete-management tech into UK universities and optimized revenues for Unite Students. Since joining Toptal, he has delivered complex solutions for clients with a technology-agnostic approach, utilizing Agile methodologies and user-centric, problem-orientated management techniques. Within Toptal, Alex is also a mentor and community leader.

Project Highlights

Real Estate Platform (via Toptal)
Organized and led the development team to deliver buyer and agent solutions for off-market properties.
iOS Mobile App
Led the development of an iOS app that connects athletes to a central development portal and their coaches.
Daycare Management Software (via Toptal)
Took on an existing project and streamlined the development process. Advanced the product to MVP and go to market.

Expertise

Work Experience

Agile Project Manager

2018 - 2019
Unite Students Plc
  • Created processes for income optimization, establishing baseline numbers for revenue optimization of existing assets, and making recommendations on asset acquisition.
  • Built systems for business analysts to assess portfolio income.
  • Integrated new systems and processes into BAU across the whole company.

Project Manager (Contract)

2017 - 2018
Locum Meds
  • Led multiple concurrent projects in website development, marketing, and internal process restructuring.
  • Managed projects using Agile methodologies.
  • Liaised with multiple departments to develop legal and compliance processes.
  • Spearheaded compliance projects in preparation for GDPR regulation.
  • Led rebranding projects, including outsourcing creative and development work.
  • Managed remote teams for software and process-based projects.

Project Manager

2013 - 2017
The Physique Factory
  • Implemented the use of Kanban boards.
  • Started and ran daily stand ups.
  • Created user training documentation.
  • Built development team (designers, testers, BAs, UX designers, and software engineers).
  • Created function requirements documents.
  • Conducted sprint reviews.
  • Managed sprint/release planning meetings.
  • Held stakeholder review meetings.
  • Conducted project discovery workshops.

Marketplace iOS App (via Toptal)

Built a functioning MVP for a geolocation-based task completion app.

Work Done:
• Managed a team of designers and developers.
• Helped define the product vision and narrowed the focus to target MVP at a specific user type.
• Created a feature list aligned with the client's requirements.
• Built personas and user types.
• Developed processes to manage changing client requirements and development team capacity.
• Oversaw scope changes and prioritized the backlog to eliminate "nice-to-have" features and focus on the critical ones.
• Managed project staffing requirements.

Real Estate Platform (via Toptal)

https://www.listingloop.com.au/

Organized and led the development team to deliver buyer and agent solutions for off-market properties.

Listing Loop is an innovative company based in Australia that required help coordinating and organizing its development team. I built ceremonies using various tools to help plan, execute and deliver incremental change in the products that Listing Loop offered.

Augmented Reality Medtech (via Toptal)

Built a type of innovative MedTech software to utilize Microsoft Hololens hardware for orthopedic surgeries.

Work Done:
• Helped to scope initial requirements and understand core required features
• Managed scope changes to eliminate unnecessary features and maintain focus.
• Facilitated communication within a widely dispersed team.
• Created copy and presentation material for client sales pitches.
• Implemented best practice processes to facilitate efficient development.

iOS Mobile App

Led the development of an iOS app that connects athletes to a central development portal and their coaches.

I worked as the project manager for an iOS app that enabled the user to self-assess their athletic capabilities with subsequent tailored training programs based on a database of similar performing athletes as well as connecting them their coach. I built the development team and liaised with the client's product owner to determine the requirements and the priorities features in an iterative and incremental project. In total, I delivered four releases over a three-year period.

Membership Platform

Sourced and integrated a bespoke online membership platform for a business fraternal organization.

I was tasked with leading the development of a membership platform to manage the subscriptions, membership applications, and internal communications within the organization. This included sourcing the most suitable development partner, leading the platform development, and integrating it into the organization's system. This also included producing the correct user guidance documentation and support documentation.

Athlete Management Platform

Integrated custom software into large educational institutions to improve athlete performance and reduce staff workload.

The web platform needed to alleviate the burden of administrative work for sports coaches as well as provide the necessary tools to improve athlete output. Working closely with the product owner with a number of clients, I was able to lead the development of the software, integrate it into the institutions, and connect it to the existing mobile device software.

Daycare Management Software (via Toptal)

http://www.childcareseer.com

Took on an existing project and streamlined the development process. Advanced the product to MVP and go to market.

Work Done:
• Worked with an exciting team that was having some problems with development.
• Implemented processes and plans to streamline this and moved the team into a more efficient and well-developed mechanism.
• Got the product to the state of a usable MVP.
• Worked closely with the client to develop a go-to-market plan and establish metrics for success in the longer term.
• Continued to work on the long-term roadmap and rollout plan.

NFT Marketplace

Created prioritized backlog, pitch deck and oversaw a white paper for a non-custodial, permissionless NFT marketplace.

Worked with a team of developers, designers, finance experts, and product managers to establish problem statements through competitor analysis for a new NFT marketplace built on Solana blockchain. I also created and worked with the team to create the required documents for pitching, marketing, and regulation (securitized NFTs).
2005 - 2008

Bachelor's Degree in Political Science

Queen Mary University of London - London, UK

OCTOBER 2019 - PRESENT

Product Management

Product School

JULY 2018 - PRESENT

PRINCE2

AXELOS

APRIL 2018 - APRIL 2024

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

Project Management Institute (PMI)

Tools

Jira, Microsoft Word, Trello, Slack, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, Salesforce, HubSpot COS, Asana

Industry Expertise

Sports, Retail & Wholesale, Healthcare

Paradigms

Kanban, Agile Project Management, Agile, Scrum, Requirements Analysis, Rapid Prototyping, Agile Product Management, PRINCE2, Acceptance Testing, Waterfall Development, Marketplace Platforms, Change Management

Platforms

iOS, Windows, Android, Blockchain

Other

Discovery, Project Delivery, PMI, Scrum Master, Agile Sprints, Sprint Planning, Sales, Virtual Work, Technical Reports, Remote Work, Mobile, Project Management, Virtual Reality (VR), Project Timelines, Backlog Management, Backlog Grooming, Feature Backlog Prioritization, Discovery Workshops, User Stories, Business Modeling, Sales Funnel, Waterfall Methodology, Software Project Management, Executive Presentations, Requirements, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), IT Project Management, Social Media Apps, Stakeholder Engagement, Team Leadership, Product Roadmaps, Product Requirements Documentation (PRD), Project Planning, Agile Coaching, Two-sided Marketplaces, Management Consulting, Revenue Modeling, Digital Innovation, Workshop Facilitation, Release Management, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Teams, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Pitch Decks, Strategy, Customer Experience, Pricing Models, Marketing

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