Anne Botha, Project Manager in Victoria, BC, Canada
Anne Botha

Project Manager in Victoria, BC, Canada

Member since April 8, 2019
Anne is a project manager and product manager with deep experience working in eCommerce, healthcare, insurance, and higher education industries. She is well-versed in working with remote teams in organizations ranging from startups to large corporates. Anne enjoys being part of the process of building innovative products and is experienced in Agile and Scrum.
Anne is now available for hire

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  • Senior Project Manager and Product Manager

    2019 - 2021
    Arcurve
    • Led and coordinated four teams of developers, testers, and DevOps personnel as project manager.
    • Managed government, oil and gas, fitness, eCommerce and telecom projects—ranging in size from teams of two to six and budgets from $500,000 up to $1 million per year.
    • Owned product development, technical stack validation, and go-to-market launch as the product owner for startups.
  • Project Manager

    2019 - 2019
    Client (via Toptal)
    • Led and managed a successful Toptal Lightning Start project for a client. The product was focused on course and professor ratings for universities both within the US and Canada with revenue based on advertising.
  • Senior Project Manager

    2018 - 2019
    Glacier Media Group
    • Led and managed a team to rebuild a back end for a major agriculture classifieds website to resolve performance issues and build out new features to support new revenue streams.
    • Engaged with business users to do a gap analysis to determine current and future states with complex process mapping to streamline print production of the largest revenue-generating product.
    • Developed business cases for new projects and liaised with business stakeholders for direction and approvals.
  • Senior Project Manager

    2018 - 2018
    University of British Columbia
    • Led the effort to develop and implement a governance framework for a platform service serving UBC's community across all faculties and departments.
    • Reached out to the community and facilitated discussions and consensuses.
    • Created terms of use, a support model, and multitier governance groups to onboard the community and ensure community input and service longevity.
    • Developed business case for GitHub campus wide implementation, ITOps support and release management across all faculties and departments.
  • Senior Business Analyst

    2017 - 2017
    Colliers International
    • Led and coordinated BA team activities, implemented toolset (Confluence and Jira).
    • Handled a gap analysis on complex commission calculations for sales, lease, consulting (and others) which impact all outgoing payments made (weekly average of $1.5 million) to brokers.
    • Analyzed a critical functionality to replace an aging system used to manage transactions for all of North America ($300 million+ annually).
    • Mentored junior BAs on agile process and user research.
  • Product Manager

    2016 - 2017
    AMZ Tracker
    • Served as a product manager of a keyword research tool.
    • Launched version 1 within two weeks and rolled out to 9,000+ VIP customers.
    • Built out onboarding and customer research sequences using YesInsights, Intercom, and Zapier ( and automated 90% of the existing process) and payments processed through Shopify.
    • Managed development using agile/scrum methodology.
  • Project Manager

    2016 - 2016
    University of British Columbia
    • Led market research (outreach to 180 vendors) to determine the existing and key technology trends in the higher education market.
    • Identified a major shift in the market that was then rolled into the scope of the largest IT project on campus (which is replacing all major systems such as financial, HR, student management, and more with a budget of $500 million+.
    • Worked as part of the team that built business cases for the largest project on campus.
  • Project Lead

    2015 - 2015
    Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
    • Led test on a critical, highly visible $75 million data transformation project.
    • Worked in a highly risky and complex environment involving multiple systems, development teams, and large data sets.
    • Mentored and managed the test team and provided the strategy and approach.
  • Project Manager

    2014 - 2015
    Centrica Energy
    • Led the analysis team on replacing a legacy procurement application with a SaaS alternative.
    • Managed the team’s daily schedules and activities.
    • Handled facilitation and engagement with user community.
    • Produced requirements, impact assessments and data integration documentation.
  • Project Manager

    2013 - 2014
    Focus Forums
    • Managed several projects centered on building out and deploying a new eCommerce solution leveraging Shopify.
    • Retrofitted the existing toolset, including new tools to build out the process for fast and unbroken deployments, better communication within the team and clarity around requirements.
    • Worked closely with senior management to ensure alignment with company goals and objectives.
  • Program Lead

    2012 - 2013
    Shaw Communications
    • Led testing on a large-scale, $10 million, mission-critical platform replacement for 150,000+ business clients.
    • Handled contract additions to define and mediate any and all work engagement with assigned vendor, this included defining all aspects of the test practice to be used within the program and for all projects.
    • Managed four separate test teams to provide comprehensive test coverage in the following specialization areas: performance, security, functional and UAT.
  • Business Analyst

    2012 - 2012
    Public Guardian & Trustee
    • Handled a time-critical UAT for 30+ users across all levels within the company to ensure legislated deadline (with large fines for a late deployment) would be met on time.
    • Refactored and developed over 100+ necessary test cases, scheduled users, and managed UAT from start to finish.
  • Business Analyst

    2011 - 2012
    Public Guardian & Trustee
    • Redesigned existing service delivery performance process measures for yearly reports for government ministry focused on providing legal and investment services to British Columbian citizens.
    • Reduced process complexity for generating measures for yearly reports forby 40% and integrated previously manual activities into the CASE application.
    • Engaged with business stakeholders (lawyers, investment managers, case management staff) to gather requirements and process flows.
  • Business Analyst

    2011 - 2012
    Provincial Health Care Authorities
    • Assessed the team’s process around testing.
    • Evaluated the methodology, using TMMI’s model, and provided packaged feedback.
    • Facilitated quick wins for immediate implementation, a better process around testing, documentation (including checklists, custom templates), and training on communication and feedback.
  • Business Analyst

    2008 - 2011
    Fujitsu Consulting
    • Analyzed the refactoring of the exam marking process.
    • Worked with technical lead to simplify from 38 to nine steps to reduce the capturing of marks from five minutes to two seconds per sheet (10,000+ sheets are processed each quarter).
    • Redesigned exam inventory management to better accommodate fraud detection for both onsite and offsite storage locations.
    • Engaged with business stakeholders to gather requirements and process flows.
  • QA Lead/Manager

    2004 - 2007
    Jam Warehouse Software
    • Implemented test practices within the company.
    • Built the team, processes, hardware, and agile methodology to provide testing services to all projects within the company (over the course of 2.7 years).
    • Made extensive use of automation to provide rapid and consistent testing results.

Project History

  • $6 Million Revenue-Generating Advertising Platform Replacement
    Led team to rebuild the back-end platform for a critical, highest revenue-generating ($6 million yearly) company product.

    Glacier Media is a leading Canadian business information and media products company. It provides news, market information and sector-specific data within North America and internationally. The company provides news, data, and analysis across a range of business sectors.

    Tasks:
    • Served as project manager on a project to rebuild the back end for a major agriculture classifieds website to resolve performance issues and build out new features to support new revenue streams.
    • Engaged with business users to do a gap analysis to determine current and future states with complex process mapping to streamline print production of the largest revenue-generating product.
    • Developed business cases for new projects.

    Skills/Domain: Advertising, SaaS, Agile, Gap Analysis, Business Case, Process Mapping, User Research, Project Management, Visio, Onboarding

  • GitHub Governance Implementation
    Developed governance structure for enterprise-level GitHub implementation for 60,000 plus users.

    UBC is one of the leading Canadian universities with over 60,000 students and around 10,000 staff and faculty. Ranked consistently amongst the top 40 universities in the world.

    Tasks:
    • Led effort to develop and implement a governance framework for a platform service serving UBC's community across all faculties and departments.
    • Reached out to the community and facilitated discussion and consensus.
    • Developed terms of use, a support model, and multitier governance groups to onboard the community.
    • Ensured community input and service longevity.
    • Developed a business case for a GitHub campus-wide implementation.

    Skills/Domain: Project Management, Market Research, Vendor Evaluation, User Research, Rules Engine, Team Lead, Community Outreach, Road Mapping, Business Case, Scope Management, Visio, Higher Education

  • Colliers Financial Platform Replacement Project
    Led an analysis team on replacing a management tool for an international property management company ($300 million+ revenue).

    Colliers International is a Canada-based global commercial real estate company with approximately 15,000 employees in more than 500 offices in 68 countries.

    Tasks:
    • Led and coordinated BA team activities.
    • Implemented a toolset.
    • Managed the analysis on a critical functionality to replace an aging system used to manage transactions for all of North America ($300 million+ annually).
    • Handled gap analysis on complex commission calculations for sales, lease, consulting (and others) which impact all outgoing payments made (weekly average of $1.5 million) to brokers.
    • Mentored junior BAs on the Agile process and user research.

    Skills/Domain: Product Design, Gap Analysis, Scope Management, Vendor Evaluation, User Research, UX, Team Lead, Scrum, Agile, Financial Management, Commercial Real Estate

  • Startup Product Launch
    Led the development team and managed the successful launch of a new product to 9,000+ VIP customers.

    AMZ Tracker is a SaaS provider of tools for Amazon Sellers. Their toolset, running on AWS, covers everything from product sourcing to selling. Their user base sits around 35,000 with a $500,000 monthly revenue.

    Tasks:
    • Served as a product manager for a keyword research tool. • Launched version 1 within two weeks and rolled out to 9,000+ VIP customers over six weeks.
    • Built out onboarding and customer research sequences using YesInsights, Intercom, and Zapier (and automated 90% of the existing process). Used Shopify for payment processing.

  • Student Academic Systems Initiative (SASI) Project
    Led market research (outreach to 180 vendors) to determine the existing and key technology trends in higher education.

    UBC is one of the leading Canadian universities with over 60,000 students and around 10,000 staff and faculty. It's ranked consistently amongst the top 40 universities in the world.

    Tasks:
    • Led market research (outreach to 180 vendors) to determine the existing and key technology trends in the higher education market.
    • Identified a major shift in the market that was then rolled into the scope of the largest IT project on campus (which was replacing all major systems such as financial, HR, student management, and more with a budget of $500 mililion+).
    • Worked as part of the team building a business case for the largest project on campus.

    Skills/Domain: Project Management, Market Research, Vendor Evaluation, User Research, Rules Engine, Team Lead, Community Outreach, Road Mapping, Business Case, Scope Management, Visio, Higher Education

  • Shaw Business Platform Replacement
    Managed a testing team on large scale, $10 million, mission-critical platform replacement for 150,000+ business clients.

    Shaw Communications is based in Calgary, Alberta and has over 14,000 employees. The company provides services to more than 3 million customers. Shaw Business Solutions owns and operates a national fiber-optic backbone network, provides data networking, video, voice, and Internet services to 150,000+ companies.

    Tasks:
    • Led testing on a large-scale, $10 million, mission-critical platform replacement for 150,000+ business clients.
    • Handled contract additions to define and mediate any and all work engagement with an assigned vendor.
    • Defined all aspects of the test practice to be used within the program and for all projects.
    • Managed four separate test teams to provide comprehensive test coverage in the following specialization areas: performance, security, functional and UAT.

    Skills/Domain: Team Lead, Contract Negotiation, Vendor Evaluation, Test Strategy, Telecom

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Science degree with honors in Information Systems
    2000 - 2003
    University of Cape Town - Cape Town, South Africa

Certifications

  • Diploma in Business Analysis
    JANUARY 2007 - PRESENT
    Faculty Training Institute

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