Resume for Hans Bjordahl
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Experience:

February 2006 - present

Group Manager

MSNBC.com

Redmond, Wash.

Lead Site Development team, a cross-functional team including developers, testers and program managers, to deliver strategic features for MSNBC.com. A joint venture of NBC Universal and Microsoft, MSNBC.com is the exclusive online news channel for all NBC News properties, generating traffic upwards of a billion page views a month. My team's specific areas of delivery:

  • Mobile site
  • User-generated content system
  • Site redesign
  • Site search (including search engine optimization)
  • Blog platform

Helping define the future of journalism is a lot of fun. And by the way, we're hiring.

April 2001 - February 2006

Program Manager

"Calendar Guy"

Microsoft

Redmond, Wash.

Company practice leader in the field of electronic calendaring. Led the strategy, design and delivery of calendar features that will be a major component of the upcoming release of Microsoft Office Outlook. Worked across the company to evangelize calendar strategy, establish a cohesive cross-group "calendar story" and ensure Microsoft's role as a leader in electronic calendaring.

For the Outlook 2003 release, played a key role on the "turnaround team" that delivered a redesigned e-mail experience that has been acclaimed by customers and technology press alike. Developed the visual and interaction designs for new features, managed their implementation by working with large cross-functional teams, and drove the resolution of bugs and issues through the final release.

Cited as an inventor on four patent applications related to the Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007 releases. Usage of Outlook is estimated at over 400 million users worldwide.

August 1995 - January 2001

Creative Director

Director of Interactive Services

XOR

Boulder, Colo.

(XOR has since been acquired by Fair Isaac.)

At national Internet services firm XOR, my responsibilities expanded with the company, which grew from six employees to over 500 during my tenure. Duties included:

  • Driving creative results

  • Led client meetings, brainstorming sessions, design reviews and production process to ensure that creative deliverables exceeded client expectations. Developed creative briefs, information architectures, Web site prototypes, design concepts, site copy and production guidelines to ensure optimal finished product.

  • Driving business results

  • Set financial goals and developed budgets for the creative group. Though financial goals increased exponentially from year to year, they were met or exceeded each year they were set. Thrived even in challenging market environments. Created scalable reporting, organizational and process mechanisms to ensure the success of both projects and employees in a fast-paced environment.

  • Managing a team

  • Recruited and managed a team of 35 creative employees across four regional offices.

  • Keeping clients happy

  • Gained experience both as a lead program manager and as an executive contact through the ups and downs of numerous jobs for large clients, including Whole Foods Market, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, FranklinCovey, RE/MAX, Churchill Downs/Kentucky Derby, and Vitamins.com.

August 1992 - August 1995

Production Coordinator

Catalyst Communication

Boulder, Colo.
Responsible for herding large syndicated catalogs from design to prepress to press; catalogs entailed over 60 custom versions totaling print runs of over 1,000,000. Performed the same task for the company's SuperSale promotions, entailing over 40 custom versions totaling print runs of over 500,000. Maintained, administered and upgraded company's network of Macintosh computers.

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