Kurt Mansperger

Product management and solution integration expert with significant experience leading global development teams in creating large scale enterprise applications. Equally balanced analytical and creative-minded leader with excellent business strategy, technical, communication, and collaboration skills. Passionate about developing new, innovative solutions that transform companies, making them more efficient while creating substantial growth.

Proven experience managing strategic client and partner relationships; managing product backlogs and development teams; facilitating requirements, design and technical architecture workshops; selecting and directing external and internal resources; managing project budgets; and developing client business strategies. Possess hands-on knowledge of Scrum methodologies, user experience design, solution design and information architecture.

Work Experience

Co-Founder, COO, Teacher and Mentor

First Step Coding

November 2016 - Present

First Step Coding empowers individuals and teams to develop the skills needed to get into a top-tier bootcamp or excel in their current role’s technical functions. The curriculum and 1-on-1 mentorship is designed to make learning engaging and impactful.

At First Step Coding, my responsibilities range from determining new business to building marketing and course content to managing operations and developing partnerships. When I have the time, I love to teach individuals fundamental coding skills and give them the confidence to take their career to the next level.

Senior Business Architect

Twin Technologies

September 2015 - May 2017

As a Senior Business Architect, I operate at the intersection of business strategy, user experience, and solution architecture. I drive the product and development of large global systems that fuel company growth for our clients and ensure we are continually improving the way they do business.

Recent experience involves replacing a large, custom, cross-product, international billing system. Other experiences include managing and architecting an interactive media sharing Xamarin app, an Adobe Experience Manager and Live Cycle implementation, a media transformation and transmission service, and a secure document sharing platform.

Senior Project Manager

Twin Technologies

May 2013 - September 2015

Twin Technologies is a technology consulting services firm with an experienced engineering team and deep sector expertise. We deliver and service business optimization, e-Commerce and systems integration engineering solutions and we have a user experience architecture team that can design rich and intuitive visual experiences for your software.

At Twin Technologies we work with some of the world’s biggest brands, across every vertical, yet we also get to help young companies with original ideas build out their vision into a business driving reality.

Twin Technologies clients include: US Department of Labor, L’Oreal, Victoria Secret, Under Armour, Walmart, Sysco, FedEx, Fidelity, Citi, Allstate, Accenture, Adobe, Brightcove and many more.

Technology Consultant

Deloitte Consulting

June 2008 - May 2013

Project work primarily consisted of building large scale eligibility systems for states, including experience with Medicaid, Long Term Care (LTC), Food Stamps (SNAP), Document Submission Module and Unemployment Insurance

Managed teams of up to eight developers through the entire software development lifecycle: LTC project involved development of 100+ pages, 40 reports, 4 web services, and 3 batch jobs

Developed and executed over 1300 test cases by directing a team of six offshore resources

Increased the effectiveness and value of the testing team by eliminating 8+ weekly hours of required smoke screen testing through leading the development of an automated testing framework which processed a suite of regression tests

Pioneered the creation of the configuration management foundation for all Java projects for a large mid-western state.

The effort included environment setup, automation of builds and deployments and the authoring of detailed documentation

Increased the profitability for a set of hospitals by $3.2 Million by developing a new pricing model for all of their services

Authored and delivered comprehensive productivity tool and user interface design classes for over 200 colleagues

Research Assistant and Web Developer

University of Maryland

September 2003 - July 2008

Worked on a project with two business school professors to analyze data regarding funding start up organizations

Worked for the University's web design group and developed an Adobe Flash application to give a tour on campus.

Summer Scholar

Deloitte Consulting

June 2007 - August 2007

Summer scholar on a large government system implementation where I focused on building requirements for the contact management piece of the application and also on the technical requirements and documentation for an Enterprise Service Bus.

Threat and Vulnerability Management Intern

Pricewaterhouse Coopers

May 2006 - Auggust 2006

Technical consulting intern for the threat and vulnerability management team. Kurt worked on several ethical hacking projects from running assessments to reporting on findings with the client.

Volunteer Experience

Co-Founder, Board Member, Treasurer

Human Connections

February 2014 - Present

Human Connections is a small non-profit start up that is doing great things in Bucerias, Mexico. I provide general guidance to the organization where needed and am able to provide added support with managing the website and financials, given my background.

Co-Founder, Board Member, Advisor

Investours

January 2008 - February 2015

Kurt worked with Ashwin Kaja to build the organization in 2008. Investours is an international 501c3 organization which combines the power of microfinance and tourism in the form of ‘microfinance tours’.

In 2011, Kurt was able to take a six month sabbatical from Deloitte to focus full time on Investours. He helped run operations on the ground in Mexico and managed five remote resources during that time.

Investours has had over 550 people on tours and has distributed over 175 micro-loans, enabling some of Mexico and Tanzania’s poorest citizens to access funding for their small businesses.

Investours Mexico ultimately evolved into Human Connections where I now focus my energy. That said, I will still occasionally assist Investours on some technical requests.

Education

Computer Engineering

University of Maryland - A. James Clark School of Engineering

2003-2008

Activities and Societies: Solar Decathalon, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Intramural Soccer, Racquetball, and Tennis

Finance

University of Maryland - Robert H Smith School of Business

2003-2007

Activities and Societies: QUEST Honors Fellows Program, Hinman CEOs (Center for Entrepreneurship Opportunities), Research Fellows Program, Financial Services Fellows Program, College Park Environmental Group (CPEG), Finance, Banking and Investment Society (FBIS)

Skills


Relationship Management

Proven experience managing strategic client & partner relationships

Project Management

Selected, directed & reported on teams (internal, external, onshore & offshore)

Business Analysis

Completed user & market research, then presented on recommended path

Product Management

Managed backlogs & roadmaps, developed business strategies

Solution Architecture

Owned numerous solution design & technical workshops

Scrum Master

Experienced SM on a number of projects, Certified Scrum Master

User Experience

Facilitated & owned design workshops, ideation, mockup development, & information architecture

Front End Development

Completed clickable prototypes, UI for WordPress sites & other small apps

Back End Development

Developed business logic, XSLTs, & full stack development for personal apps

Interests


Cooking

Hosted many meals for 8+ friends, one being a multi-course blind dinner for 28

Home Improvement

Excited about the next home improvement project whether plumbing, electrical, structural, or landscaping

Travel

Love traveling and exploring - always looking for the next adventure

Skiing

Learned when I was two & have been skiing ever since (+ Snowboarding stint)

Racquetball

Played heavily in college & love the fast paced nature of the game

Sailing

Sailed Sonars out of Piers Park Sailing Center & recently lived on a 33' Pearson in the Boston Harbor

Contact

Let's get in touch.
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