Project Management

Project Management

Before starting out as a freelance WordPress developer I was a full time Project Manager with Native Instruments, Berlin. Native Instruments is a developer of Musical Instruments software and hardware, with a focus on modern electronic dance music, urban beat music and film soundtracks. Besides their successful music production segment, they also run a DJ segment, developing the world leading DJ software Traktor and several DJ performance oriented hardware controllers and audio interfaces.

As a project manager I was responsible for the development of several products in the DJ segment. During a development phase (which usually takes about one year per product) I worked with different teams of product designers, software developers, industrial designers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, supply chain managers, product managers, marketing managers, graphic designers and contract manufacturers.

How can Project Management help you?

The ultimate goal for a project manager is to deliver a product on time, on budget, and according to specification. This is also known as the Triple Constraint.

As an experienced project manager I can help evaluating the project and identify the constraints, risks and opportunities. Project management helps to minimize the risk and increases the accuracy of a projects expectation.

You might think that project management is only relevant for large scale projects. This is not entirely true, as even a one man based project can run smoother when project management skills are applied. However, once a team of specialists have to work together, like on a medium sized website project, professional project management helps to save money and time, always!

Get in touch with your professional Project Manager!

If you are planning a new website or would like to rework your existing one, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me! I am looking forward to work with you.

My Project Management Portfolio

My first project was the Traktor Kontrol X1 in 2009. It became the standard controller for the Traktor DJ software and sold many ten thousands of units. It is now discontinued and was recently replaced by the new model, which was also managed by me, until I left the company.

The Traktor Audio Interfaces deliver world-class audio performance in a sturdy metal housing. The requirements of a DJ towards his audio interface are high to say the least. The high end XMOS CPU drives the 10-channel audio, at a high output volume. And everything is designed run off of standard USB power.

The Traktor Kontrol F1 is a portable controller intended for remixing and mashing up music, live on stage. The project required intense coordination work with the Traktor software team, as features needed to specifically be developed for the use with the Traktor Kontrol F1.

The Traktor Kontrol Z1 was the first controller developed with full Apple iOS support within the Traktor DJ software. The device is capable to be used with a traditional PC, or Mac, but can also be connected to the iPad, or iPhone and serve as a digital mixing controller – all approved by Apple.

When updating the Traktor Kontrol S4 we took special attention to the details. The old Traktor Kontrol S4 is a legendary DJ controller and the team and me managed to make it better, at a lower price point!

Besides computer hardware I also managed accessory products for Native Instruments, including bags, cases, cables, vinyl records and more.