Konstantin S. Solnushkin, Project Manager in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Konstantin S. Solnushkin

Project Manager in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Member since November 19, 2019
Konstantin prides himself on his ability to help his clients on many levels, from engineering to processes to human interactions—one sprint at a time. He is a professional scrum master, Ph.D. degree holder, and has 18 years of engineering experience, including software development and DevOps. Konstantin helps companies big and small, from publicly-traded on the Fortune 500 list (Kohl's) to lean and nimble startups, including one he co-founded.
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Project Highlights

Education

Employment

  • Software Project Manager

    2020 - 2020
    5MinuteMondays
    • Architected a learning management system intended to educate workers in occupational safety.
    • Managed the agile build-out of the system using Python and Django as the technical stack.
    • Added online payment capabilities by integrating with Stripe.
  • Software Project Manager

    2019 - 2019
    PeerStream, Inc.
    • Managed software projects for a 50-strong development organization with a full suite of Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS apps for a global online video community.
    • Served as a one-person project management office (PMO).
    • Created a schedule in Microsoft Project detailing activities for the next 12 months, highlighting task dependencies between teams.
    • Formalized and streamlined processes and workflows in Jira and GitLab.
    • Liaised with the business intelligence department to create real-time dashboards with company-wide analytics.
    • Helped create a culture of transparency and teamwork with offshore teams.
  • Chief Technical Officer

    2016 - 2018
    Amlab.me
    • Built a learning management system with eCommerce capabilities from scratch in Python/Django.
    • Served as a system architect.
    • Developed a customer portal with in-house CRM implementation, administrative portal, and a reporting dashboard.
    • Introduced and matured Scrum as the development workflow.
    • Established DevOps and CI/CD practices with GitLab and Docker.
  • Co-founder/Software Project Manager

    2015 - 2016
    Strategway
    • Developed the foundations of a start-up company that tried to reinvent urban public transportation planning based on BigData and artificial intelligence.
    • Defined company's path to the MVP.
    • Conducted discovery workshops with potential clients.
    • Handled all aspects of project delivery, hiring staff, eliciting requirements, and developing algorithms.
    • Managed the creation of an Android mobile app.
  • DevOps Engineer

    2014 - 2015
    Kohl's
    • Guaranteed DevOps support for an international, geographically-distributed 250+ strong development team working around the clock.
    • Deployed Java code in the Oracle ecosystem in VMware cloud.
    • Collaborated with the release team by preparing artifacts and guides for production deployments.
  • IT Consultant/System administrator

    2010 - 2014
    Self-employed
    • Maintained back office systems of an international logistics company.
    • Created a custom Linux distribution for a network of air quality measurement stations.
    • Helped a computer animation studio choose and buy a supercomputer for their motion graphics rendering.
  • System Administrator

    2002 - 2009
    St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
    • Performed system administration of four high-performance cluster supercomputers.
    • Provided technical support and user training for scientists.
    • Ensured 24/7 operation of computing, storage, and network equipment in the data center.

Project History

  • Online Learning Portal for Creative Arts
    Architected and built an online learning system in a lean fashion.

    Built a two-sided marketplace for coaches and their students, with payment system integrations. Thanks to the prototype, company founders were able to raise venture and private funding for further development.

  • Event Aggregator Website
    Web app for people to market their events, similar to Eventbrite.

    Managed website creation with a Lean team and on a shoestring budget, in Python/Django. Released an MVP where event organizers could add their events with descriptions, photos and location displayed on a map.

  • Work Order Management System for A Utility Company
    Created system specifications, schedules, and financial plans.

    The task was to capture requirements for a new SaaS system that would allow USA's leading partner of utility companies with nationwide coverage to offer a software solution for work order management, with an emphasis on IoT-based fleet tracking with 4G-connected devices.

    I helped my client to come up with a concept of the future system and gather requirements for it. We also chose a vehicle tracking partner which would become a module of the future system, as well as tested hardware for vehicle tracking compatible with my client's fleet.

  • Agile Coaching for A Team of Eight
    Improved Scrum processes for a development team of a niche social network website.

    I was hired to perform Agile coaching in a team of eight developers to improve their processes and make sure they use Scrum to its full potential.

    Together with the team, we identified 16 points of improvement, and in the next two months, acted on them. Improvements ranged from high-impact technical ones such as a proper Git branching strategy to communication improvements, such as introducing a new format for a daily stand-up meeting.

    Overall, the team is now in much better shape than before, more organized, and empowered with best practices.

  • City-Wide Air Quality Monitoring Project
    Created a custom Linux distribution for a network of air quality measurement stations.

    Equipped a network of internet-connected air quality measurement stations, some of them vehicle-mounted, with a custom Linux distribution based on Debian Linux, resilient to failures, power outages, and loss of network connectivity, so that they can send gathered data to the monitoring center.

    It was an early example of the internet of things (IoT) technology implemented in the interests of the regional government.

  • Project Schedule for A Massive Software Development Undertaking
    Created a project schedule for a development team of 50 people.

    Worked relentlessly with onshore and offshore teams to compose a project schedule for a piece of work that had been under consideration long before I arrived. Seeing the result helped the executive team quantify their risks and change company direction altogether to avoid them.

  • System Architecture for A Canadian Green Energy Company Website
    Architected a new customer portal and RESTful API for it.

    I was hired to compose a user story map for a customer portal and a RESTful API-based back end web service that were intended to work together.

    I also prepared architecture documentation for all involved software components, together with a description of the database schema and API calls.

Education

  • Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering
    2011 - 2014
    Technical University of Munich - Munich, Germany
  • Master's degree with honors in Computer Science
    2003 - 2005
    St. Petersburg Polytechnic University - Saint Petersburg, Russia

Certifications

  • Python and Django Full Stack Web Developer
    SEPTEMBER 2020 - PRESENT
    Udemy
  • Digital Product Management: Modern Fundamentals
    MARCH 2020 - PRESENT
    University of Virginia on Coursera
  • Professional Scrum Master Level I (PSM I)
    JUNE 2018 - PRESENT
    Scrum.org

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