Jeffrey Hoffman, Project Manager in New York, NY, United States
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Jeffrey Hoffman

Verified Expert  in Project Management

Project Manager

Location
New York, NY, United States
Toptal Member Since
December 26, 2018

Jeffrey is a seasoned technology strategist with extensive customer-facing experience and a strong project management record. He has a successful history of envisioning and guiding client engagements marked by the ability to lead teams and focus all constituents on reaching an organization's goals. He has employed the principles of Agile development since before the term existed, and he gained formal exposure to its processes at Pivotal Labs.

Project Highlights

Control Center for Fleet Assets
Created the core software system which replaced an unwieldy "manual system" of spreadsheets to manage a company's fleet.
Global Website and Extranets
Led the envisioning, project management, and deployment of global websites and extranets for a Fortune 100 company.
SaaS PEER Programs
Led the deployment of personal energy efficiency rewards (PEER) programs with major utility clients.

Expertise

Work Experience

Consultant

2019 - PRESENT
Toptal Projects
  • Led lightning start discovery phases for software development projects.
  • Selected and managed developer resources, including UI/UX and software developers, for client projects.
  • Selected technologies for use in software development projects.
  • Created RFPs and selected vendors for software development projects.
  • Created software development and implementation schedules.
  • Coached teams in their adoption of an Agile methodology.
  • Led engagements including discovery, envisioning, and implementation of a Salesforce-based platform for a financial services company; discovery, vendor selection, and implementation of a practice management system for a law firm; discovery, Agile coaching, and mobile app development for a social media company; Agile coaching and business consulting for a peer-2-peer rental company.

VP Project Management and General Counsel

2014 - 2019
MOVE Systems
  • Served as the project manager for all corporate technology including mobile/web applications and hardware/embedded systems.
  • Raised equity and debt financing from various investors and stakeholders including First Data, Fisher Brothers, Clean Energy Fuels, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Level One Bank.
  • Secured NYSERDA grant funding to deploy electricity pedestals for food trucks and carts in New York City.
  • Managed all legal matters including oversight of outside counsel.
  • Managed all real estate assets including site identification and lease negotiation.

COO and Lead Project Manager

2013 - 2014
Simply Grid
  • Served as the project manager for the first curbside electricity pedestal for mobile food vendors in New York City.
  • Named by Fast Company as one of the World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Energy.
  • Won New York City's Challenge Cup.
  • Awarded top prize at Future Energy (New York).
  • Received the top prize at Startupalooza NYC.
  • Selected by Twilio to participate in the International Startup Festival.

Director, Project Management and Client Engagements

2012 - 2012
C3 Energy
  • Managed the deployment of Personal Energy Efficiency Rewards (PEER) programs with multiple utility clients.
  • Guided the development of project management best practices within the company.
  • Acted as the product manager within the software development team to create PEER functionality.
  • Educated customers as to best practices in software development and deployment.
  • Joined C3 Energy as part of the Efficiency 2.0 acquisition.

Director, Project Management and Client Engagements

2011 - 2012
Efficiency 2.0
  • Project managed the deployment of Personal Energy Efficiency Rewards (PEER) programs with multiple utility clients.
  • Acted as the product manager within the software development team to create PEER functionality.
  • Standardized the company's project management process using Basecamp.
  • Enhanced Agile experience while imbedded at Pivotal Labs.
  • Participated in the team that orchestrated the M&A activity with C3 Energy.

Founder and Lead Project Manager

1995 - 2011
webslingerz
  • Negotiated and closed project engagements with Fortune 1000 companies and large public sector clients.
  • Acted as the lead strategist and relationship manager for numerous client engagements.
  • Coordinated project management across client business units with on-shore and off-shore team members.
  • Created and executed roadmaps for business critical, revenue generating applications.
  • Provided legal and financial oversight for client accounts.

Founding Partner

2000 - 2002
Lockhart + Hoffman
  • Co-founded the firm.
  • Generated client engagements.
  • Acted as an advisor to start-up businesses.
  • Created engagement management processes.
  • Negotiated the sale of the firm to Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice.

Control Center for Fleet Assets

Created the core software system which replaced an unwieldy "manual system" of spreadsheets to manage a company's fleet.

The Control Center for Fleet Assets provides a single visual interface to access and manage data from various critical platforms via API.

Platforms include:

GPS - T-Mobile/FTS
Repair & Maintenance - eMaint
CRM - Salesforce
Trouble Tickets / Help Desk - Zendesk
Point-of-Sale - First Data Clover
Mapping - Openstreetmap
Authentication - Google

Support is required for Web, iPhone, and Android apps.

From the Control Center, users can:

- View a map with current asset locations, historical locations, map pins which are customized based on asset data (such as the brand of a particular fleet), and clickable map pins which pop-up high-level data about the asset

- Access and manage data about the assets, including operational/maintenance status and Point-of-Sale transactions

- Access and manage data about the asset owners, including contact, contract, and compliance information

- View management reporting about the assets, including sales, operational status and uptime, support resolution, and compliance

- Manage user authentication and granularity across Web, iPhone, and Android apps

- Report on assets in the field via mobile apps, including operational status and compliance

Global Website and Extranets

Led the envisioning, project management, and deployment of global websites and extranets for a Fortune 100 company.

A global telecommunications and data networking equipment manufacturer needed to reinvent their global websites and deploy extranets which would enable their customers to review product solutions and make requests for assistance in selecting technology solutions. I led the team that worked with the internal corporate staff to perform an initial discovery process and then launched into an iterative development process which consistently launched new features and capabilities for the websites and extranets.

At scale, the websites were deployed via a content management system which allowed non-technical staff to manage all of the content and to localize any parts of the websites into target languages for various global audiences. The extranets were novel deployments for the company and were among the first instances of the company allowing its customers to interact directly with the company via the Internet with access to highly customized content based on the demands of the customer. Ultimately, the technological concepts introduced in this project became the standard for website deployments for the company.

SaaS PEER Programs

Led the deployment of personal energy efficiency rewards (PEER) programs with major utility clients.

Personal energy efficiency rewards (PEER) programs enable utilities to encourage their customers to become more energy efficient by awarding them points which can be redeemed for gift cards based on their year-over-year energy savings. PEER programs are deployed in the SaaS paradigm and uniquely customized based on the branding and other requirements of each utility customer.

I led the deployment of several personal energy efficiency rewards (PEER) programs with multiple utility clients, and I also acted as the product manager within the software development team to create PEER functionality.
1994 - 1998

Juris Doctor in Law

UNC Chapel Hill - Chapel Hill, NC

1988 - 1992

Bachelor's Degree in Russian and East European Studies

UNC Chapel Hill - Chapel Hill, NC

MAY 2009 - PRESENT

Law License

New York State Bar

SEPTEMBER 1998 - PRESENT

Law License

North Carolina State Bar

Tools

Basecamp, Pivotal Tracker, Trello, Jira, Confluence, Slack

Platforms

OS X, Windows, iOS, Android, WordPress, Drupal, MacOS

Paradigms

Scrum, Agile, Agile Software Development, B2B, Agile Project Management, Agile Delivery, Agile Workflow, Agile Leadership

Industry Expertise

Law, Energy, Food & Beverage

Other

Scrum Master, Startups, Project Delivery, Product Discovery, Product Owner, Product Planning, Project Planning, R&D, Strategy, Web, Agile Sprints, Web Development, Web Development Strategy, Contract, Contract Drafting, Contract Negotiation, Mobile Apps, Project Management, Software as a Service (SaaS), Websites, IT, Startup Consulting, Web & Mobile Applications, Agile Coaching, Agile Deployment

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