Oana Ciherean, Project Manager in Tokyo, Japan
Oana Ciherean

Project Manager in Tokyo, Japan

Member since December 6, 2016
Oana has over ten years of experience in managing software projects on multiple platforms, delivering successfully a wide range of applications, from award-winning mobile games to large enterprise systems. She can easily learn a business domain, having worked in finance, healthcare, gaming, and education. The mix of her managerial, technical, and people skills allow her to adapt easily to different cultures, contexts, and teams.
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  • Technical Project Manager and Agile Coach

    2018 - PRESENT
    Toptal Projects
    • Planned and managed agile software development discovery and development phases for Toptal clients.
    • Created custom agile development processes for enterprise and startup clients from real-estate, legal, healthcare, and education.
    • Acted as an agile coach for the clients when needed.
    • Identified quality attributes of the systems to be built and coordinated quality assurance activities.
    • Consulted clients on and created documentation for product and technical requirements.
    • Started projects from scratch coordinating estimations, creating plans, resource allocations and budgets.
    • Designed software and solution architectures for web-based and mobile systems.
    • Performed management and technical quality audits of existing projects, identified root causes of problems and created project recovery or improvement plans.
  • Program Manager and Founder

    2014 - PRESENT
    Dalia's Book
    • Founded a tech non-profit that won the “Best Social Impact Startup” in Romania by Central European Startup Awards.
    • Managed programs implemented at the national level with teams of over 100 employees and volunteers.
    • Managed the roadmap and implementation of the organization's website in a team of software developers, marketers, and UI/UX designers.
    • Lead prototyping projects for mobile educational games and volunteering web platforms.
  • Project Manager

    2016 - 2017
    Evozon Game Studio
    • Released two award-winning casual mobile games featured by Apple.
    • Managed the game roadmap across the entire software lifecycle: prototyping, production, alpha and beta testing, and update releases, setting market-relevant milestones.
    • Established player-centric guidelines and metrics.
    • Designed a new agile process as a mix of Scrum, Kanban, and the classic Game Production Process and shortened the production cycle from 2.5 years to 10 months.
    • Created internal processes for product documentation, demos, reviews, and alpha and beta testing.
    • Performed marketing benchmark analysis for mobile games strategy.
    • Coordinated two teams of ten members each: developers, 2D and 3D artists, and marketers.
    • Managed game software development and art services for the studio.
    • Created processes and artifacts for presales.
  • Technical Project Manager

    2010 - 2016
    iQuest Technologies
    • Delivered over five product releases during five years, for enterprise web systems and prototypes.
    • Coordinated three teams ranging in total from eight to 12 people of software engineers, QA testers, UI/UX designers, and 3rd level support.
    • Created a development process as a mix of a V-Model waterfall process and agile Scrum methods.
    • Decreased system infrastructure and maintenance costs by a factor of five by designing the software architecture of web systems deployed in more than 40 countries worldwide.
    • Created and coordinated processes to enforce deliverable quality: code reviews, audits, architecture reviews, source control, deployments, and environments.
    • Created an automated testing strategy for back-end services.
    • Created contracts, SOWs, and invoices.
    • Coordinated estimation activities, created the budget, and tracked and monitored project costs.
    • Coordinated Scrum demos and reviews, groomed the backlog, and prioritized features.
    • Created the project release roadmap, development plan, and prioritized features according to the customers' needs.
    • Designed the architecture of two 3-Tier enterprise systems with: .NET Framework, ASP.NET, Solr, SQL Server, REST API, and Azure Service Bus.
    • Conducted technical interviews and improved the interview process.
    • Mentored seven software engineers, created development plans, and performed annual performance evaluations.
    • Created processes for product and technical documentation following high regulatory standards needed in healthcare. The documentation included Product Requirements, Software Architecture, Quality and Traceability.
    • Designed an enterprise architecture with a web frontend, REST services used by third parties, business rules engine, search engine data model, data warehouse, ETL components and third party API integrations.
  • .NET Project Manager

    2008 - 2010
    UMT CG Software
    • Coordinated eight software developers for the first release of UMT 360 (​UMT 360​ Enterprise Portfolio Management system was previously part of Microsoft Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Solutions).
    • Created processes for source control, unit testing, issue tracking, code reviews, and deployments.
    • Created development schedules, tracked progress, and created reports.
    • Validated and provided information for test cases and plans.
    • Designed and developed SharePoint, Workflow Foundation, and OLAP components.
    • Coordinated demos and client releases.

Project History

  • E-Learning Platform Extension (edraak.org)
    Delivered a new component for the edraak.org MOOC platform that adds language learning support to the online courses.

    Coordinated the discovery lightning start phase, created the product backlog, project timeline, and deployment milestones and the team structure and allocation plan.

    Supervised the development team of UI/UX designers and engineers that delivered a new component for language learning support, written in React and Node.js on the platform.

    Edraak is a massive open online course platform supported by the Queen Rania Foundation in Jordan.

  • Enterprise Document Search Platform for Healthcare (Roche Gmbh)
    Delivered five releases of a web enterprise product over four years for healthcare users in over 40 countries worldwide.

    Designed a web platform architecture for users in 40 countries, that decreased the infrastructure and maintenance costs by a factor of five.

    Coordinated a team of software engineers, software testers, and UI/UX designers in activities like wireframing, prototyping, engineering, unit, system, and automated testing.

    Customized the client's V-Model waterfall process with Agile methods for engineering flexibility. Organized Scrum demos and daily standup meetings.

    Created product release map and time and material contracts, and monitored the costs.

    Coordinated the product releases involving technical and user acceptance testing activities, made sure the process required documentation was in place (traceability matrixes and testing reports), and created final release reports.

    Created and monitored technical processes for code reviews, unit testing, continuous integration, and delivery.

    Created the manual and automated testing strategy.

    Mentored team members and performed yearly performance evaluations, establishing the next steps according to the project's needs.

    Technologies used: .NET Framework, C#, ASP.NET MVC, JavaScript, HTML 5, Solr, REST APIs, Windows Service Bus, SQL Server, Windows Services, ETL

  • Internal Document Management Tool on Atlassian
    Created agile processes, managed the front-end engineering team, and provided technical guidance on architecture.

    I managed a team of front-end engineers for an internal tool that provided document management and approval automation; the system was built as an extension of Atlassian Confluence and was written in React and Node.js.

    The project started from scratch, and I was responsible with creating the initial timeline, budget, recruiting the team and documenting the product and technical requirements; I also provided technical guidance to the team on how to architect the system and find solutions to complex issues that appear when developing web applications.

  • Disco Dave
    Disco Dave was featured by Apple and received the "Best Kids and Family Game" award at Casual Connect, TelAviv, 2016.

    Managed a team of ten software developers, 2D and 3D artists, game designers, testers, and marketers for ten months to release Disco Dave, a mobile game produced under the AmusedSloth brand.

    Disco Dave was featured by Apple and received the "Best Kids and Family Game" award at Casual Connect, TelAviv, 2016.

    Created the entire game roadmap, decided on the major milestones, and coordinated the production activities, from the prototype, alpha and beta testing sessions to the main release and then subsequent update releases.

    Established KPIs, defined art and game development processes as a mix of Kanban and Scrum, and created project documentation templates, reducing, as a result, the production process in the studio from 2.5 years to 10 months. The game was the studio's first one that broke even, reducing the loss that the studio had with the previous titles.

    The game was developed in Unity 3D and released worldwide on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Fire OS, and in local stores in China and Japan.

  • Agile Coach for Medical/Legal Startup
    Coached the project manager of medlex.ai in how to organize the development of their product using agile practices.

    As an Agile coach and advisor for Medlex.AI, I helped the project manager to plan and organize the startup's engineering efforts of building an MVP and manage a remote team by using Agile Scrum.

  • UMT 360 Version 1
    Led software engineering for the first version of UMT 360, previously a part of Microsoft Project and Portfolio Server.

    Coordinated eight software developers for the first release of UMT 360 (UMT 360​ Enterprise Portfolio Management Web system was previously part of Microsoft Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Solutions).

    Designed architecture of software components, workflows, and data analysis modules for a financial management web platform.

    Documented and analyzed requirements, transformed them into technical tasks, and performed backlog grooming and prioritization.

    Created development processes for code review, source control, and bug and issue tracking.

    Technologies used: Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Server, JavaScript, C#, .NET Framework, SQL Server, SQL Analysis Services, OLAP Cubes, Workflow Foundation

  • Enterprise On-Demand Software Update Platform (Roche Gmbh)
    Delivered a web-based enterprise platform for offline clients in 10+ countries in North America, South America, and Africa.

    Coordinated a team of 5-10 software engineers and testers to release a 3-tier enterprise web platform.

    Customized the client's V-Model waterfall process with Agile methods for engineering flexibility. Organized Scrum demos and daily standup meetings.

    Coordinated the product releases involving technical and user acceptance testing activities, made sure the process required documentation was in place (traceability matrixes and testing reports), and created final release reports.

    Created and monitored technical processes for code reviews, unit testing, continuous integration, and delivery.

    Mentored team members and performed yearly performance evaluations, establishing the next steps according to the project's needs.

    Technologies used: .NET Framework, C#, ASP.NET MVC, JavaScript, HTML5, SQL Server, Windows Services, ETL

  • JIRA Migration
    Consulted the Toptal core team in implementing their product and engineering processes using JIRA and Confluence.

    Toptal is an exclusive network of top freelance talent.

    In my role as a JIRA subject matter expert, I helped the Toptal core team implement their internal product and engineering processes using JIRA and Confluence from the Atlassian suite. I acted as an SME and JIRA/Confluence administrator and consulted the teams on how to migrate their data from old tools.

  • Super Pet Hero
    Super Pet Hero is a mobile game that received the "Best Mobile Game" award at Casual Connect in 2017, Berlin.

    Managed a team of 10 software developers, 2D and 3D artists, game designers, testers, and marketers to release Super Pet Hero, a mobile game produced under the AmusedSloth brand.

    Super Pet Hero is a mobile game that received the "Best Mobile Game" award at Casual Connect in 2017, Berlin.

    Created the entire game roadmap, decided on the major milestones, and coordinated the production activities, from the prototype, alpha, and beta testing sessions to the main release and the subsequent update releases.

    Established KPIs, defined art and game development processes as a mix of Kanban and Scrum, and created project documentation templates, reducing, as a result, the production process in the studio from 2.5 years to 1 year.

    The game was developed in Unity 3D and released worldwide on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and in local stores from China.

  • Dalia's Book
    Founded a technology non-profit named the Best Social Impact Startup in Romania at the Central European Startup Awards, 2018.

    Created an edtech non-profit organization from the ground up, establishing digital product strategy and roadmap, operational processes, building digital marketing and fundraising strategies, and setting and measuring KPIs.

    Created concepts, benchmarks, roadmaps and managed the planning and implementation of digital projects and prototypes such as mobile educational games and educational web platforms, in diverse and versatile teams of two to ten members with different backgrounds like marketers, UI/UX designers, software developers, educators, and business developers.

    Created two nation-wide education programs implemented in over 30 schools in urban and rural Romania in just three years.

    Coordinated a remote team of five to ten people and over 50 volunteers in six cities in Romania to implement both software projects and educational programs.

Education

  • Serious Game Design in Serious Game Design
    2016 - 2016
    University of Tallinn - Tallinn, Estonia
  • Master's degree in Computer Science
    2010 - 2012
    Technical University of Cluj Napoca - Cluj Napoca, Romania
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science
    2005 - 2010
    Technical University of Cluj Napoca - Cluj Napoca, Romania

Certifications

  • PMP Certification Training
    JANUARY 2017 - PRESENT
    PM Access
  • Evolutionary Project Management
    JANUARY 2013 - PRESENT
    Gilb Academy
  • Certified Scrum Master
    NOVEMBER 2012 - PRESENT
    Scrum Alliance

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