Product Unit Manager, MSN Publishing Platform @ Microsoft
Program Manager, Financial Products Group @ Microsoft
Over 17 years of experience at Microsoft in Program Management and multi-disciplinary management, spanning consumer, enterprise, and internet software design, planning, and execution. Product leadership experience in emerging, turn-around, and sustained businesses. 12+ years leading and managing both small and large scale teams of PMs, Developers, Testers, Support, and Operations personnel. Successful manager of multiple high-potential and
Over 17 years of experience at Microsoft in Program Management and multi-disciplinary management, spanning consumer, enterprise, and internet software design, planning, and execution. Product leadership experience in emerging, turn-around, and sustained businesses. 12+ years leading and managing both small and large scale teams of PMs, Developers, Testers, Support, and Operations personnel. Successful manager of multiple high-potential and principal level employees. Leader and facilitator of change with excellent interpersonal awareness, communication, and cross-team capabilities.
Partner, Group Program Manager for Distribution Services Platform @ - Microsoft / Windows Update
- Digital Distribution for Microsoft App and Media Stores From April 2015 to Present (7 months) Greater Seattle AreaPartner, Group Program Manager for Online Storage, Reactive Framework, and Substrate at Bing @ From July 2014 to March 2015 (9 months) Bellevue, WAPartner, Group Program Manager for Application / Query Serving and Online Storage at Bing @ Management and direction of two teams within the Bing Platform within the query serving pipeline. Application Platform: data federation, business logic, and access required to bring thousands of disparate intelligence entities together to serve Bing search results. Storage / Compute Platform: low latency, high availability, key-value store and distributed compute for everything from structured data to multimedia and user profiles. Both platforms are integral to Bing, Yahoo!, and Apple search interfaces as well as Cortana and Windows experiences. From May 2013 to July 2014 (1 year 3 months) Principal Group Program Manager, Core Platform, Video, SEO @ Responsible for three teams: MSN Core Platform (legacy and new publishing platforms), Video platform, and SEO team. Drove change within team to create new platform components utilizing MVC rendering model along-side legacy systems to provide migration paths. Brought system to full BCP capabilities and overhauled editorial experience for News and AppEx teams to drive efficiency with zero-install internet accessible tools. Lead relationships and projects with AppEx (Bing Apps) to produce launch applications for Windows 8 utilizing Core Platform, as well as projects with Office, MS Advertising, MS Research, and Skype. Created customer infrastructure with supporting SLA, Reporting, communication methods, and partnership practices. Drove adoption of core Bing infrastructure technologies in Autopilot and Frontdoor, driving deployment to near push-button levels. From October 2010 to May 2013 (2 years 8 months) Greater Seattle AreaPrincipal Group Program Manager, MSN Core Platform, Virtual Earth Developer Platform @ Responsible for three teams: end-to-end MSN Publishing Platform, including content ingestion, transformation, storage, presentation, and rendering; Bing / Virtual Earth developer platform, including map controls, geocoding / routing web services, and authorization / accounting systems; Structured Data for MSN (Autos, Finance, Entertainment entities). Drove project to re-envision MSN platform on geodistributed compute infrastructure. Collaborations with Bing Core Search to leverage structured data and allow Bing to display entity data for rich search results. Engineering Excellence Award recipient. From August 2008 to October 2010 (2 years 3 months) Product Unit Manager, MSN Publishing Platform @ Took over turn-around business of a platform that had been split up piecemeal across three divisions with a team of less than 10 employees. Reacquired various platform components and built team, ultimately to a size of 120 (80 FTE). Platform was in use for only three sites in MSN with several other competing platforms. Evangelized benefits of central platform, brokered collaborative projects with international partners, and redeveloped core of offering to appeal to customers. Grew platform adoption to over 700 (98%) sites within MSN. From December 2005 to August 2008 (2 years 9 months) Lead Program Manager, MSN Weather @ Lead creation of MSN Weather team and product for use on MSN as well as 10+ product teams in Microsoft (Windows, Office, SPOT, MSR, etc). Multi-disciplinary leader for team of 12. Drove initial contracts with TWCi for data services and later contractual negotiations to switch to Foreca, Inc. to provide a global presence. Creation of highly scalable system with over 45B service calls/year, as well as widely-acclaimed user experience with over 1.5B pageviews/year. From November 2004 to September 2006 (1 year 11 months) Program Manager, Financial Products Group @ Designed and lead 50+ major feature areas on Microsoft Money, versions 1999 – 2001. Project leader for Microsoft Money 2002 Deluxe & Business, 2003-2005 for all versions (Standard, Deluxe, Deluxe & Business). Project leader for MSN Money Plus 2004-2005 (hybrid subscription app). Lead planning and design for Microsoft Money Enterprise, a financial platform emerging opportunity. Drove execution with Bank of America and First USA. From April 1998 to June 2005 (7 years 3 months) Web Developer @ From July 1996 to February 1998 (1 year 8 months)
BA, Digital Media @ University of California, San Diego Rob Rugge is skilled in: Agile Project Management, User Experience, Program Management, Product Planning, Mobile Devices, Agile Methodologies, Enterprise Software, Cloud Computing, SEO, Management, Scalability, Web Services, Distributed Systems, Software Design, SaaS, Scrum, Mobile Applications, Software Development, Software Engineering, Product Management, Technical Leadership, Software Project...
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