Jakub Tuscher, Project Manager in Gdynia, Poland
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Jakub Tuscher

Verified Expert  in Project Management

Project Manager

Location
Gdynia, Poland
Toptal Member Since
July 8, 2022

Jakub is a seasoned project and product manager with 14 years of professional experience implementing software and infrastructure projects for startups, multinational corporations, and government agencies. He is a dynamic, creative leader and business, goal-driven manager with excellent communication skills in English, Polish, and German. Jakub is a big fan of agile project management, also experienced with traditional management methodologies.

Work Experience

Agile Coach

2023 - PRESENT
Hapag-Lloyd
  • Supported six cross-functional development teams as an agile coach.
  • Supported the organization in its agile transformation.
  • Initiated change by coaching team members and stakeholders.

Agile Project Manager

2023 - 2023
W4 Marketing AG
  • Joined the W4 marketing agency as a freelance project manager to build landing pages for their customers.
  • Built the new landing page for Loxy.ch, a business process streamlining platform.
  • Acted as an agile coach for internal company teams.

Agile Project Manager

2022 - 2023
London Stock Exchange Group
  • Joined the project as a scrum master/agile project manager to coordinate a team of around 15 developers in building a new financial data collection app and migrating and merging high-volume databases.
  • Set up workflow processes and facilitated team events and meetings.
  • Reported to senior management and coordinated team deliverables.

Agile Project Manager

2021 - 2022
Volkswagen
  • Joined a large initiative as a team for 1-2 scrum teams to build modules for a new car manufacturing process management app.
  • Set up workflow processes and took part in UX design workshops.
  • Facilitated team discussions and events to foster agile ways of working and coordinate team deliverables.

Scrum Master

2020 - 2022
Self-employed
  • Spearheaded a cross-functional team of Java and React developers in a fully remote setup delivering business modules for a car manufacturing management app for Volkswagen AG.
  • Led two development teams focused on Java and React tech stack implementing a laboratory information management system for one of the major pharmaceutical companies in the world.
  • Spearheaded a cross-functional PHP and React development team delivering web solutions for Berlingske Media, one of the major Scandinavian news companies.

Scrum Master

2020 - 2021
Roche / Genentech
  • Joined the project as a senior scrum master to coach and facilitate the work of two scrum teams actively involved in developing and discovering a new LIMS product.
  • Set up workflow processes and organized design and discovery workshops.
  • Facilitated team discussions and events to foster agility.

Product Owner

2019 - 2020
STX Next
  • Managed the development process of Upptic, an automated app store optimization and full-stack growth-services startup with a 4-person team of talented front-end and back-end engineers.
  • Acted as the product owner on behalf of an incredible startup team from Carnegie Mellon University to build Ottertune, a database management system tool.
  • Led the market launch of the Hala Kazim mobile app, the headspace for women in the Middle East region.

Project Manager and Product Owner

2017 - 2019
Nordea
  • Contributed as a project manager for a new offshore location in Warsaw for Nordea Bank AB, successfully delivered from July to November 2017.
  • Delivered a Waterfall project for corporate customers based on Hadoop technology for agile processes by setting up SAFe as a scrum master. Helped build up, coach, and facilitate two scrum teams of Scala developers and Python automation testers.
  • Acted as the business link within an agile team in the daily banking hub handling the delivery of new features for the Nordea Netbank and customer online onboarding applications in Scandinavian countries.

Project Manager

2015 - 2017
Thomson Reuters
  • Acted as the link between the client, engineers, and third parties in order to successfully install Thomson Reuters software and hardware products.
  • Coordinated installations and configurations in cooperation with remote teams of technicians, administrative specialists, and engineers.
  • Managed contacts with clients from the German banking sector (including top clients like Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, NORD/LB, BayernLB, and others).

Product Owner

2014 - 2014
10Clouds
  • Acted as product owner/agile project manager in several scrum teams to build internet apps for international startups, including Tapeke.com, Afkarmena.com, and Edevate.com.
  • Coordinated and facilitated product definition and discovery.
  • Managed the development lifecycle, planned the roadmap, and managed stakeholder expectations.

Project Coordinator

2007 - 2014
Ministry of Infrastructure Poland
  • Joined the ministry as a project coordinator for the General Polish Motorway and National Road Agency to implement motorway and public-private partnership projects.
  • Acted as the link between financial, legal, and technical advisors and the vice-minister of infrastructure.
  • Participated in numerous design workshops and financial and legal discussions concerning PPP projects and contracts.

Nordea Netbank | New User Interface for Private and Corporate Banking

https://www.nordea.se/

Spearheaded the development of the new Nordea Netbank, Scandinavia's major bank serving millions of Scandinavians in their daily lives.

As a product owner, I have been part of a project team of about 250 people implementing the new UI for Nordea's private and corporate banking. I have directed a team of six developers to implement new features for the Nordea Netbank and directly contributed to its overall look and feel via an internal CMS tool.

OtterTune | AI-powered Database Admin

https://ottertune.com/

Built and prepared for market launch OtterTune, an AI-powered database management system invented by a startup from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Managed a team of developers, a tester, a UX designer, and a designer to build the UI for OtterTune's AI engine from scratch. The engine optimizes database performance. As the product owner, I have guided the customer—a professor and a team of students from Carnegie Mellon University—to turn their passion and genuine idea into a working business model. The beta version was launched in May 2021. In May 2022, the company closed a $12 million Series A led by Intel Capital.

Car Manufacturing Management App for Volkswagen AG

Managed the development process of several modules delivered to the new car manufacturing management app used for the whole Volkswagen group.

As a scrum master and agile project manager, I managed two remote teams of Java and React developers to implement modules for a car manufacturing management app. The app was meant for the whole Volkswagen group to optimize production and supply processes and make the manufacturing process less costly and environmentally friendly. I have closely collaborated with German product managers to prepare new features for development and actively contributed to the early design phase during UX workshops. The team setup was purely remote, with stakeholders spread across different time zones in Europe.

Scrum Master for Berlingske Media

http://www.berlingske.dk

Managed a cross-functional team of developers successfully to build new web features and maintain one of the biggest Danish news portals: berlingske.dk and bt.dk.

The portals were written in PHP on the back end and React on the front end. My team has been responsible for the ongoing maintenance of services and the implementation of new features. I have actively supported the product owner in backlog refinement and roadmap planning and the team with ongoing development activities.
2022 - 2022

Coursework to Postgraduate Studies in Group Trainers

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities - Warsaw, Poland

2019 - 2020

Postgraduate Studies in Coaching

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities - Sopot, Poland

2001 - 2007

Master's Degree in International Relations

SGH Warsaw School of Economics - Warsaw, Poland

MARCH 2018 - MARCH 2021

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Institute (PMI)

DECEMBER 2017 - PRESENT

SAFe 4 Agilist

Scaled Agile inc

OCTOBER 2017 - PRESENT

Professional Scrum Master Level I (PSM I)

Scrum.org

MAY 2016 - PRESENT

ITIL Foundation Certification

Axelos

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