Gabriel Lawson is a Software Development Executive With Solid And Progressive Experience In All Facets Of Software Application Development, Deployment & Support; Program & Project Management; And Business Product Strategy. Gabriel has had repeated success in leading the development, delivery, maintenance, and support of software products & projects.
Monument, CO 80132 • 719-243-1277 cell • GabrieljLawson@yahoo.com • www.GabrielLawson.com GABRIEL J. LAWSON VP SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT | DIRECTOR OF IT | PROGRAM MANAGER | PROJECT MANAGER “An Expert in maturing software development projects and IT organizations” Software Development Executive With Solid And Progressive Experience In All Facets Of Software Application Development, Deployment & Support; Program & Project Management; And Business Product Strategy. • Repeated success in leading the development, delivery, maintenance, and support of software products & projects. • Adept in maturing projects & organizations to improve quality, delivery accuracy, productivity, & effectiveness. • Skilled in collaborating with all levels of the organization to drive key initiatives and achieve business objectives. CORE COMPETENCIES: • Software Development (SDLC) & Project Management (PMP) • Leadership, Innovation & Technology • Process Improvement & Change Management • Planning & Scheduling • Product & Strategic Planning • Human Performance & Mentoring • Budget & Multi-Site Management • Communication & Presentations WORK HISTORY: Executive Director / iOdyssey / 2010-present Software & Productivity Consultant specializing in all phases of Software Development, Project Management, and organizational effectiveness. • Developed EasyEV, an MSProject add-on that simplifies and enhances Earned Value Management using MSProject. • Authored the productivity book: “A Successful Life”, Published June 2011. • Writing: “The Five Myths of Being Productive” Target Publication 2012 Executive Director of Software & Technologist / Seagate / 2004-2009 Computer Storage Directed 72 software, firmware & quality assurance engineers in building an advanced high transactional & high availability data storage array. Recruited to implement a more disciplined and structured environment in order to improve quality and delivery accuracy. Implemented earned value management techniques and change control to improve project planning, tracking, & oversight while simplifying project status to upper management; mentored engineers to improve requirements, design, & test practices; & modified human behavior practices; thus increasing organizational effectiveness. • Reduced software development lifecycle (SDLC) by 23% and reduced schedule variances from 30% to 4%. • Managed annual budget of $15M and the hiring of 47 new software & QA engineers. Skill sets included Java, C#, XML, HTML, & SOAP for interface and C++, C and assembler for the data array engine. • Authored three performance patents correcting critical design flaws in an existing high-performance storage system. • Group Lead for Seagate Software Best Practices Committee and member of Seagate Software Architectural Committee. • Provided Project Management Direction and Guidance for multiple Directors, Managers, and PMs. Senior VP, Software Product Development / Encoda Systems / 2001-2003 Broadcast Solutions Managed 230 software development engineers, VPs, Directors, PMs, business engineers, QA, support & documentation personnel in multiple sites and projects across three lines of business in the Americas & Europe including establishing an off-shore development site (India). Balanced an annual budget of $25M. Technologies included .Net, visual C, RPG, DB2, Various OSs, Oracle and other relational databases on mainframes & mini-computers for various broadcast IT solutions to process advertising orders, schedule rule-based content & advertising, and control real-time automation of broadcasts. • Optimizing product portfolio across a variety of products from newly developed systems to 20 year old legacy systems. • Averted a $50 million dollars loss by turning an underperforming product with wide-spread client dissatisfaction of time and quality of deliveries into the flagship product of the company with strong client references. • Successfully implemented Earned Value PM management practices resulting in better tracking, risk management, and a more consistent planning and delivery of product releases. • Created standard project management, business engineering, and product release practices & processes. • Initiating development of a .NET technology framework that abstracted database and 2nd tier logic from business application logic; significantly reducing time-to-market of new functionally. GABRIEL J. LAWSON • 719-243-1277 cell • GabrieljLawson@yahoo.com • www.GabrielLawson.com Page 2 Vice President of Software Engineering / ChannelPoint / 1999-2001 Web Insurance Directed 120 software engineers in creating a scalable, web-based, service oriented architecture (SOA), Java solution for order placement, policy processing, & policy issue of insurance claims in a distributed processing, client/server topology. • Defined and implemented processes to establish a baseline methodology (both management and engineering) that successfully delivered an object-to-relational data base foundation product. • Promoted from Director to Vice President to establish PM & engineering practices for the applications development group. Transformed group from consistently missing deadlines to making over 80% of their deliverables on-time. Vice President of Product Engineering / New Era of Networks / 1998-1999 Banking Managed a software product group of 20 software engineers. Hired to revitalize a disarrayed group struggling to meet deliverables & maintain clients. Restructured team, implemented strong change controls to manage clients, implemented project management processes, and rewarded a positive culture and team environment; thereby transforming the team and product line into a solid performer with sound client references. Team enhanced, maintained, and supported a middle- tier messaging system that delivered banking transactions to host banking database applications. Product developed using C++ for HP, SUN & NT Platforms with Oracle & Sybase DBs. • Rebuilt a dysfunctional relationship with a Fortune 100 client, preventing the loss of major funding. • Collaborated with marketing and sales to establish strategic and tactical product direction. Director of Product Development / Peak Inc / 1995-1998 Warehousing & Barcode Managed 45 software engineers in 6 product development sites building transaction based warehousing solutions for inventory, order fulfillment, and shipping. Established an R&D group to leverage technologies and new products based on strategic planning with sales and marketing. Developed strategic shrink-wrap and custom product strategic plans. • Improved bidding accuracy 76% in six months; thereby, improving & ensuring profits for fixed-priced contracts. • Implemented consistent project management practices across six development sites in the Americas and Europe. Program Manager / Booz Allen and Hamilton / 1993-1995 Satellites and Simulations Directed a team of 12 system and software engineers. Hired as technical manager but assumed project management duties when client threatened cancellation. Proposed new program oversight approach to client and delivered 2% under budgeted cost and on schedule; resulting in additional follow-on work. • Saved a $5 million dollar development project by implementing disciplined project management practices and establishing a close working relationship with the client. • Invited by client to write program management chapters for a textbook on Simulations and Modeling. Program Manager and Technologist / Prior to 1993 Avionics, Satellites & Communications • Software Developer, System Engineer, Technical Lead and Project Manager for SAIC, TRW, and Hughes Aircraft designing and developing real-time distributed processing embedded systems. • Eliminated an 18.5 million dollar loss by proposing a new state-of-the-art solution; thereby signing a new contract with sufficient funds to deliver the project. • Saved a $120 million dollar avionics project by taking over as the hardware / software integration lead and meeting a critical final demo deliverable to the Secretary of Defense. • Architect of the 1st real-time Artificial Intelligence system for the stealth fighter aircraft. • Performed engineering and management roles for programs such as GPS, Milstar, ATF aircraft, Early Warning Radar systems, and simulations systems (satellite & avionics). EDUCATION & OTHER: • B.S. Math, Minors in Sociology and Education, Graduate Work in Studio Art • Speaker & Consultant (2004 – Present) Presentations and Training on Emotional Intelligence & Productivity • Hospice Volunteer (1997 - Present) Gabriel J. Lawson • APPENDIX • www.GabrielLawson.com PROFICIENCIES: • INDUSTRIES: Avionics - Banking - Broadcasting - Computer Aided Design & Manufacturing – eCommerce Insurance - Satellites - Storage - Telecommunications – Warehousing • APPLICATIONS: AI Expert Systems - Auto Data Collection - Client/Server Database - Command & Control - Communications - Distributed Processing - Embedded Systems - Graphical User Interfaces - Information Management Systems - Middleware Messaging - Real Time Embedded Systems - Simulations & Modeling - Tool Development - Windows Development - Web Development • MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING TOOLS: Earned Value – Microsoft Project - Timeline - Cost Schedule Status Reporting - Photoshop - Excel - Word – PowerPoint • LIFECYCLES AND METHODOLOGIES: Rapid Prototyping - Spiral (Agile) - Incremental - Waterfall - Object Oriented Design - Object Based Design - Structured Decomposition • OBJECT ORIENTED PROGRAMMING: Python - C++ - Visual C++ - MODSIM - Ada - Borland Paradox • STRUCTURED PROGRAMMING: JOVIAL - PASCAL - PLM86 - FORTRAN - Assembly – MySQL • GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACES: Web / HTML / CSS - Object View GUI Development Tool Set - GPF GUI Development Tool Set FrontPage - VisualBASIC - TAE-Plus X • STANDARDS: Program Management (PMP), Software Engineering Capability Maturity Model (CMMI) • CLEARANCE: Former Top Secret Clearance PUBLICATIONS: • A Successful Life, Gabriel Lawson, iOdyssey LLC, Book, June 2011 • Maximizing Productivity — How to Do Less & Accomplish More, iOdyssey LLC brochure, 2009 • Beyond CMM, Gabriel J Lawson, Offshore Advocacy newsletter, 2003 • Developing an Acquisition Strategy, Gabriel J Lawson, Chapter 7 of the book 'Applied Modeling & Simulation: An Integrated Approach to Development and Operation', U.S. Air Force Academy, March 1998 • Cost and Schedule Estimation, Gabriel J Lawson, Chapter 21 of the book 'Applied Modeling & Simulation: An Integrated Approach to Development and Operation', U.S. Air Force Academy, March 1998 • Is Ada Ready for Real-Time Avionics?, Jerry E. Goodwin and Gabriel J Lawson, Journal of Electronic Defense, Vol. 11, No.12, December 1988
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