Nate Dinet, Project Manager in Poland, OH, United States
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Nate Dinet

Verified Expert  in Project Management

Project Manager

Location
Poland, OH, United States
Toptal Member Since
May 1, 2019

Nate is an expert agile product and program manager with over a decade of experience leading organizations and teams through organizational transformations and delivering projects as a product or project manager. He has a rare combination of experience working for some of the largest corporate environments as well as an on-the-ground contributor in entrepreneurial settings, meeting deadlines and exceeding expectations.

Project Highlights

Salesforce Transformation
Unified the entire Salesforce program for an oil and gas client under a scaled Agile framework and released a valuable MVP.
Enterprise LMS rollout
Led digital transformation for a learning management system at a large corporate dentistry organization.
AgTech Product Re-launch
I led product strategy to secure a 14 million active hectare target, up from 8 million in previous years (board reported KPI). I also improved user retention in key products from 43.9% to 92.5% in less than one year

Expertise

Work Experience

Director, Product

2021 - 2023
Yara
  • Built the product organization from the ground up with no infrastructure, stakeholder management, or delivery management.
  • Created product management best practices for the entire organization, with 30+ product owners and managers reporting to my organization.
  • Led distributed teams from around the globe in locations including Singapore, Brazil, Norway, Germany, Argentina, and England.
  • Created new user research approaches to better understand farmers and agronomic distributors across major farmer market types: professional farmers and smallholder farmers.
  • Led product strategy to secure a 14 million active hectare target, up from 8 million in previous years (board reported KPI). Improved user retention in key products from 43.9% to 92.5% in less than one year.
  • Created lasting and successful processes that improved organizational efficiencies, including the global intake process and PI planning cadence.
  • Led the internal portfolio of between 27 and 33 product owners/managers and took overall satisfaction and engagement scores from 3.2 (below organization average) to 8.9 (above organizational average).

Digital Project Manager

2022 - 2022
Fit Wind LLC
  • Led the establishment of agile product and project management processes for the initial MVP.
  • Facilitated and planned company onsite meetings where major scoping decisions were made to support the launch of the MVP.
  • Led the senior leadership team through the problem space and solution space definition phases to ensure product launch features met customer goals and solved customer pains.
  • Created and maintained a lean governance model for the organization to operate within as the systems got closer to launch.

Director, Consulting Services

2018 - 2021
CGI
  • Led a team of project and program managers to establish a portfolio and the program management office for a telecom industry client. This PMO included portfolio management, resource allocation, value realization, intake management, and training.
  • Led five cross-functional teams in the mortgage LoB for a national financial institution and drove throughput from 40% actual vs. committed to 90% actual vs. committed across features.
  • Integrated the Atlassian toolchain and established an agile delivery model for an oil and gas client, transforming their ERP system.
  • Negotiated contracts consistently on behalf of clients, identifying key elements of scope, timeline, and budget limitations to meet project demands.
  • Led the implementation of a third-party API integration platform with a regional financial institution.
  • Requested, refined, and defined customer requirements for multiple engagements.
  • Managed a team of 12 developers, analysts, quality assurance analysts, and project managers, delivering a CRM implementation for an oil and gas client.

Vice President Client Partnerships, Partner

2013 - 2018
Six Weeks to Agile
  • Led a team of seven to fifteen scrum masters and agile coaches in delivering agile transformations to various clients across the United States as the lead transformation architect.
  • Facilitated user story mapping and customer empathy workshops for product organizations within the financial industry.
  • Stood up an enterprise-wide Jira instance for a manufacturing organization with over 10,000 users.
  • Defined the MVP product for the executive management team utilizing user empathy and customer profile canvases.
  • Worked alongside the CEO of a medical startup organization and established an operating structure for the IT department.

Engagement Manager

2010 - 2014
Neudesic
  • Joined a 15-member team as a business analyst and elevated my responsibilities to project manager after the course of three major releases.
  • Solicited requirements from key stakeholders and acted as the product owner for clients transitioning their current state processes into a dynamics CRM.
  • Led teams of three to five developers throughout many proofs of concept presentations and demos to the client, winning new business through a critical understanding of client needs.
  • Created the project plan and executed it while managing client expectations and deliverables for a large ombudsman portal at an energy company.

Consumer Lending Transformation

Transformed the consumer lending program to a scaled Agile environment and launched new MVPs into the market.

Managed six different development "squads," all under the consumer lending program for a large financial client. Established best practices for the entire unit for enhanced value delivery. Created release, planning, DevOps, execution models, and best practices for the program team. Released a high-priority MVP into production.

Salesforce Transformation

Unified the entire Salesforce program for an oil and gas client under a scaled Agile framework and released a valuable MVP.

I developed the entire program and portfolio for a large oil and gas client, then established portfolio management and lean budgeting practices with internal teams. I directly managed four development teams to release new business process tools for the organization. This resulted in quicker value delivery to end users and an increase in the organization's bottom line.

Enterprise LMS rollout

Led digital transformation for a learning management system at a large corporate dentistry organization.

As the project manager on the LMS re-write, I was responsible for the end-to-end solution from inception to execution for a larger (over 700 offices) corporate dentistry firm. I extracted requirements from internal stakeholders and external customer-facing store management teams to initially understand and elicit gap analysis on the current solution. Once a baseline of themes was established for the new system, I established a partnership with the external firm that would end up providing the majority of the development for the platform from a technological standpoint and integrated them into the scrum team. With the vendor integrated into the scrum team, we were able to deliver incremental chunks of features to the users both in terms of net new LMS functionality as well as net new content within the LMS system itself. The scrum team comprised two onshore developers (technical), two offshore quality engineers (technical), four content developers, a product owner, and myself.

In addition to managing the overall budget burndown, I acted as the scrum master for the project teams, facilitating scrum ceremonies, helping to groom the backlog, and delivering value to the end-users that was delivered on time and 200,000 under budget.

AgTech Product Re-launch

https://at.farm/

I led product strategy to secure a 14 million active hectare target, up from 8 million in previous years (board reported KPI). I also improved user retention in key products from 43.9% to 92.5% in less than one year

I managed a portfolio of teams through a year-long cycle of improving a product to earn the right to customer data.

When I first joined the team, the product was in shambles, and the customer retention was awful. We successfully reset the product organization with clear accountabilities and a clear mission to be able to satisfy organizational objectives as well as serve the customer. With the successful launch of critical features, including the Crop Nutrition Plan, we now lead the industry in providing real-time nutrition management for farmers on a global scale.
2008 - 2010

Bachelor's Degree in Economics

Arizona State University - Tempe, Arizona

NOVEMBER 2019 - NOVEMBER 2022

SPC 5.0

Scaled Agile

MARCH 2019 - MARCH 2020

Kanban Coach

Lean University

JUNE 2017 - JUNE 2019

Certified Scrum Master

Scrum Alliance

Tools

Jira, VersionOne, Adobe, Project Management & Work Tracking Tools, Tableau, Microsoft Dynamics, Atlassian, Slack, Rally, Salesforce, Asana, Visual Studio .NET, Confluence, Figma

Industry Expertise

Film & Television, Entertainment & Leisure, Oil & Gas, Higher Education

Paradigms

Scrum, Kanban, Agile, DevOps, Agile Project Management, Agile Delivery, Requirements Analysis, Agile Product Management, Design Thinking, UX Design

Platforms

iOS, Blockchain, Contentful, AppsFlyer

Other

Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Scrum Master, Product Owner, Product Ownership, Project Lifecycle, Project Delivery, Project Planning, Product Management, Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Smartsheet, IT Project Management, Agile Coaching, Project Management, Digital Project Management, Startups, Learning Management Systems (LMS), Service Delivery Project Management, Jira Administrator, Communication, Stakeholder Management, Leadership, Complex Problem Solving, Software Project Management, Project Tracking, Digital Transformation, Project Coordination, Technical Project Management, Risk Management, Software as a Service (SaaS), Project Leadership, Finance, Manufacturing, Media, Release Management, Storage, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Vendor Management, Evaluation, System Architecture, Knowledge Management, Knowledge Bases, Story Mapping, Agile Program Management, Profit & Loss (P&L), Sales, Account Management, Agile Product Delivery, Media Relations, Client Relations, IT Program Management, Stakeholder Engagement, Engagement Strategy, Customer Research, User Research, PMO Development, Project Management Office (PMO), Dynamics CRM 365, Teams, Discovery Workshops, Ideation Workshops, Agile Transformation, Project Reporting, Microsoft, .NET, Backlog Management, Requirements, Sprint Planning, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), Process Flows, Process Optimization, Business, User Journeys, Roadmaps, Creative Thinking, Creativity, Strategic Design, Strategic Planning & Execution, Strategy, Fitness, Healthcare IT, Apps, Product Design, UI Design, Wireframing, Web Design, Organizational Design, Platforms, Economics, Segment, Mobile, Salesforce Sales Cloud, Salesforce Service Cloud

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