February 10, 2021 | 6 pm PDT | Virtual Event

The Program Management Special Interest Group is devoted to the discussion of Project, Program, or Product Management issues of all kinds.  A speaker is chosen to do a webinar each even month of the year to share a novel or engaging idea or experience covering this simple charter: “How do we manage who does what by when?” (with a splash of some Hows and Whys for good measure).  Discussion topics will include classic planning and execution topics as estimation, tooling, and reporting, but also how the dynamics of coordination, communication, and culture influence to the role of a PM.

PMSIG is hosted by Jon Bach, a Senior Program Manager at eBay, leading various quality-related efforts in its Marketing Technologies team of 150 people. He has more than two decades of software quality project experience as a tester, test manager, test consultant, and test director, which he now uses to help eBay make sure its marketing efforts are thoughtful and relevant. He has an energetic and practical style, and he is known to many eBay customers as “Jon the Bug Hunter.”

The PMSIG is sponsored by Quardev, Inc., a technical services firm with who provides skilled talent in IT Staffing and managed project solutions. PMSIG meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each even-numbered month eventually at the Quardev offices: 2707 NE Blakeley Street, Seattle, WA 98105 but until we can all enjoy each other’s company in person we will be hosting these remotely. This is a complimentary, inclusive community looking to provide an informative and interactive environment to discuss and promote new ideas, theories, methodologies, and technologies for the PM community.

We are looking for some dynamic speakers for the 2021 meetings. If you are interested, please let us know.

Our next meeting will be February 10th at 6 pm and will showcase Nicole L. Birdsall, who will be presenting on “Best Practices for Product Managers to Help Build Highly Effective Teams”. We hope you can join us.

Guest Speaker

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Nicole L. Birdsall
Distinguished Senior Manager of Product Management for Pricing at PayPal and a Senior Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University teaching eCommerce and Marketing Management

Nicole has 20+ years of product management experience and 17+ years as an adjunct professor.  She is currently the Distinguished Senior Manager of Product Management for Pricing at PayPal and a Senior Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University teaching eCommerce and Marketing Management.

Nicole started her career as a software engineer for System Software Associates (SSA), an ERP company, and Comergent Technologies, a B2B eCommerce software company. During her years at Comergent, Nicole transitioned to product management.  In her product management career, she has managed a variety of software, database, communication, and eCommerce products including Comergent’s partner relationship management (PRM), Experian’s cooperative databases, eBay’s email and communication platforms as well as eBay’s Pricing Platform, and eHealth’s Medicare eCommerce site. Aside from her full-time career, Nicole enjoys teaching a variety of eCommerce and Marketing Management, undergraduate and graduate courses in asynchronous, synchronous, and in-person modes. Nicole has a B.S. in Operations Management and Information Systems from Northern Illinois University, an MBA concentrating in Marketing from Golden Gate University, and a MA in Psychology focusing on Organizational Behavior from Golden Gate University. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Business studying the convergence of Cyberpsychology and Consumer Behavior at Golden Gate University.  In her spare time, Nicole loves hanging out with her husband, Ryan, daughter, Jaclyn, and four K9 children. She volunteers for multiple dog rescue organizations and is on the board of directors for the California Miniature Schnauzer Rescue. She is learning carpentry and stained glassing, loves trail running and hiking, and is a 1st-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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