Daniel Robertson

Product Manager and Developer

Personal Details

Name Daniel Robertson
Locality Melbourne, Australia.
 

Professional Profile

A recognized team-leader and project manager, with excellent verbal and written communications skills, and the ability to act as a bridge between the highly technical and the business-focused members of a team. Significant experience building and coordinating teams with diverse skill-sets to solve real-world problems and complete projects on time and on budget, without compromising quality or customer satisfaction. Adept at investigating, evaluating, learning and implementing new, cutting edge technologies and completing high-profile, mission-critical products on aggressive development schedules.

Education

Bachelor of Arts (History) / Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)
The University of Melbourne
February 1993 - November 1997
Melbourne, Australia
 

Experience

Owner
DJR Interactive
July 2008 - Present
Greensborough, Australia
 

Private consulting firm offering multimedia development (Flash (AS3) and Director (Lingo)), web development and photographic services.
• Developed and managed all technical aspects of the implementation of the an@tomedia project.
• Technical lead for Starship English CD-ROMs.

Product Manager
Sonic Solutions, (Remote Employee, located in Melbourne, Australia)
January 2007 - January 2010
Santa Clara, California, USA
 
Product Manager for Scenarist Designer PS, a Photoshop-plugin designed to streamline the production of menus for Blu-ray discs, installed at 300 BD Authoring sites worldwide.
• Determined product strategy and direction. Wrote specifications, design documents, user manuals and marketing copy. Managed budgets of tens of thousands of dollars for each software release.
• Managed a Shanghai-based team of seven developers and QA staff.
• Travelled to customer sites to see different production processes, and gain pointers on how to make Designer as efficient as possible.
• Conceived and implemented the prototype Roxio CinemaNow 2.0 User Experience, for the CES 2010 Tradeshow.
Manager, Advanced Interactivity Group
Sonic Solutions
August 2005 - January 2007
Santa Clara, California, USA
 
Managed a team of seven developers (based in California and Shanghai) and provided product roadmaps, sales support, customer support, product specifications and technical writing.
• Primary author "Advanced Interactivity for HD DVD" and "Advanced Interactivity for Blu-ray Disc" for Sonic's High Definition Authoring Alliance (HDAA).
• Reviewer "Blu-ray Disc Demystified", "Programming HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc (The HD Cookbook)" and "High-Definition DVD Handbook".
• Developed tools and interactive content for HD DVD and Blu-ray Discs.
• Active participant at DVD Forum and Blu-ray Disc Association.
• Developed numerous conceptual and prototype technology demos for CES and NAB tradeshows, illustrating how HD DVD and BD titles would work.
Manager, DVD Applications and Support
InterActual Technologies
July 2003 - August 2005
San Jose, California, USA
 
Managed a team of ten developers and two QA engineers developing DVD-ROM materials for numerous Hollywood Studios. Developed content for Hollywood DVDs including:
• Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
• Harry Potter (I-IV)
• Elf
• The Haunted Mansion
Manager, Software Development Group
Courseware Development, The University of Melbourne
June 2001 - January 2003
Melbourne, Australia
 
Managed a team of four programmers and coordinated development teams of up to ten people, developing world-class educational multimedia.
• Involved (as Project Manager, or Lead Developer) with the completion of over 25 projects, with total budgets of AU$1,100,000.
• Delivered three commercial CD-ROMs for sale worldwide.
• Managed the department’s technical evaluation of several Learning Management Systems being considered for University-wide adoption.
Multimedia Programmer
Multimedia Education Unit, The University of Melbourne
December 1997 - June 2001
Melbourne, Australia
 
• Completed 17 projects with combined budgets of AU$422,000.
• Delivered eight large CD-ROM products for use in the University and for worldwide sale.

SPECIALITIES

  • Product Management Project Management Multimedia Development
  • Team Building Distributed Team Management Process Development and Implementation
  • Flash Development ActionScript Programming Director Development
  • Mac OS X Windows Linux
  • DVD Authoring Final Cut Pro Editing Blu-ray Disc Development
  • Digital Distribution
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