James Ma

Product and technology. Surfing the universal wave function to establish blockchain security

Toronto, CA

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Building products for fun and for leisure. Previously @Circleci, @Pivotal, OSS contributor @ConcourseCI

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Work experience
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Jan 2021 - Present

VMware

Manager Product Management

VMware Tanzu Platform

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Mar 2020 - Nov 2020

Zapata Computing, Inc.

Quantum Product Manager

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Sep 2019 - Jan 2020

CircleCI

Staff Product Manager

Dec 2018 - Sep 2019

Pivotal Software, Inc.

Staff Product Manager

Product Lead for Application CI/CD @ Pivotal Cloud R&D

Jan 2017 - Dec 2018

Pivotal Software, Inc.

Senior Product Manager

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Jan 2015 - Dec 2016

Pivotal Labs

Product Manager

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Mar 2014 - Dec 2014

St. Joseph Communications

Manager of Application Development

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Oct 2012 - Mar 2014

St. Joseph Communications

Product Manager

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Nov 2011 - Jun 2012

Rogers Communications

Product Analyst

• Requirements gathering and story definition for a Rogers e-commerce site powered by Oracle's ATG Web Commerce Application. • Engaged stakeholders in wireframe and story review sessions to ensure that project implementation aligned with business needs • Managed multiple concurrent projects within the eCommerce group: LTE, content management (CMS), Infosec • Defined requirements for teams using widely different SLDCs: Waterfall, RUP, SCRUM

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Jun 2010 - Oct 2011

Cast Software

Product Manager

• Gathered business requirements and worked with the executive team to plan and execute a 3 year product development strategy with an allocated budget of $600,000 USD • Spearheaded the development of new product features that resulted in a 10% increase of sales through the acquisition new commercial accounts. • Managed a team of 20 people across 5 departments to deliver quarterly software updates for two core products with over 8000 commercial users and 50 enterprise accounts • Delivered projects on-time and on-budget by transitioning the organization's SDLC from Waterfall into agile SCRUM • Created learning opportunities for project team members by allowing them to attend relevant seminars and tradeshows, organizing training seminars and out-of-office field trips • Organized, managed and presented at 5 international tradeshows with a cumulative budget of $500,000 USD • Wrote technical specifications, user manuals and release notes for both the wysiwyg and Vivien products

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Jul 2010 - Dec 2010

Cast Software

Assistant Product Manager

Responsible for gathering requirements from key stakeholders and translating them into a product development strategy for 2 software releases.

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Oct 2008 - Apr 2010

University of Toronto

DCS Ambassador

• Organized and attended departmental events such as: UofT Fall Campus Days, Ontario University Fair, UofT A&S Open House and Science Rendezvous • Led tours of the Bahen Information Technology Center for prospective computer science students • Visited high schools to educate students on the merits of computer science as a profession

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May 2007 - Aug 2008

CAST Group Inc

Quality Assurance Analyst

• Applied manual and automated validation techniques to identify over 800 defects over 4 release cycles • Introduced and maintained automation-assisted testing scripts that enhanced the speed and reliability of regression tests by 200% • Organized 3 training sessions for analyst and developers; leading to an expanded understanding of the core software products and the successful integration of new team members

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