More than 15 years experience product management and design of web and mobile platforms, APIs, developer and consumer software. Ability to identify successful new product opportunities, reinvigorate and grow product lines, set long-term strategy consistent with brand promise, and champion a product internally and externally. Strong technical skills combined with business acumen applied to identify the problems to be solved and work with all the constituents to plan and prioritize.
Michael Bierman was most recently Principal Product Manager for Developer Tools at Apigee which are defining the rapidly growing "api-economy". Prior to apigee, Bierman worked on products for mobile app developers at Nokia. He has many years of experience in native, embedded, and web software development tools and web technologies. He was the Senior Product Manager for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) at Adobe where he launched SVG and served as Senior Product Manager for the SVG Viewer and guided SVG authoring strategies in Adobe products. Before joining Adobe, Bierman was with Java marketing team at Sun Microsystems, and spent two years as a Product Manager at Microtec/Mentor Graphics working on compilers for embedded systems. Bierman was also Senior Product Manager at eBay.
Lead cross-product initiatives like Single Sign-On to consolidate eight unique user stores and experiences. Created developer tools such as Console which enable a developer to make an API request in minutes by providing an overview of all the API‘s methods, parameters, default and required values, contextual help, and authentication. Consoles include a social component: allowing developers to share their API requests and responses with other developers and support engineers via facebook, twitter or in blogs. Applied agile principals to achieve monthly release cycles that allowed for rapid innovation and predictability.
Lead Product Manager, Web Tools
Managed Nokia’s first set of developer web tools starting from a blank slate. The Nokia Web SDK [video] included: Web SDK Simulator built with Qt WebKit; Nokia Designer, a rapid prototyping tool; Nokia Web Runtime plug-in for Eclipse, WRT extension for Adobe Dreamweaver and WRT plugin for Microsoft Visual Studio. These tools enabled the full life cycle of mobile application development, from concept and ideation to publishing. Challenges included aligning diverse and sometimes conflicting requirements and roadmaps for every device and most services in Nokia’s portfolio. An innovator in mobile web technology, Nokia was the first to ship a WebKit-based browser on mobile devices, beating Apple to market by two years.
Product definition, requirements development and roadmaps. Recommended changes to product usability, accessibility, and development processes for Assist Guide Information Services and other companies.
Senior Product Manager
Conceived and launched new products that created a competitive advantage based on Adobe Flex, a Yahoo! Map mashup (patent pending). Developed a platform for a new line of business focused on advertising.
Senior Product Manager, Internet Marketing & Community
Launched new products, such as eBay Blogs and redesigned the Product Description pages, to enhance the eBay Community and maximize natural search traffic and decrease eBay’s paid search expenditure.
Senior Product Manager And Evangelist
Managed the Adobe SVG Viewer, a browser plug-in similar to Flash. As SVG Evangelist, influenced the Creative Suite-SVG authoring features and created a vibrant developer community. Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is the W3C’s XML-based language for scriptable 2D vector graphics that enables data-driven graphics for web, mobile and print, and is now supported natively in all popular web browsers.
Product Manager, Java Source Licensee Engineering
Managed an engineering services product and provided customer relations and advocacy by serving as the liaison among the engineering, legal, and sales organizations.
Project Manager Marketing
Managed a compiler and IDE product, introduced new licensing programs, and served as Lead Auditor for ISO 9000 registration for Microtec’s Integrated Development Environments (IDE) and a Real-Time OS.
Developed and delivered course materials, provided end user and developer support, and produced and edited end-user and developer manuals and marketing materials for Globetrotter’s license-management products for enterprise and software publishers.
Product Manager for compiler licensing, served as the FrameMaker Guru and developed tools and scripts for document development for Sun's AnswerBook documentation, a display Postscript-based hypertext system; a precursor to the web and PDF and technical editor for developer documentation.