Hi, my name is Mike Kuphal. My professional passion is helping solve critical business and technology challenges using internet and mobile based technology by growing/leading/enabling collaborative, high-performing teams at a Director/Executive leadership level.
Having 20+ years experience designing/building/maintaining commercial software including large SaaS and Mobile applications generating $50+ million in revenue annually, I am an expert at tackling the unique challenges customer facing software teams encounter, which can be considerably different from traditionally internal facing IT related activities. I currently lead a largely distributed, 75+ technical person team, maintaining a <5% turnover rate while ensuring a high quality/productivity bar for the team.
Leveraging a strong entrepreneurial spirit, I strive to make a positive difference/impact via a strong internal drive for continuous learning/improvement, a willingness to experiment with Next practices - beyond current best practices, and the courage to question accepted norms challenging the status quo.
Key Strengths Include:
✔ Large Commercially Available Internet/Cloud/SaaS Application Development w/350K+ users
✔ Native Mobile Application Development (iOS/Android/WinMobile)
✔ Strategic and Next Practice Based Leadership
✔ Technical Talent Recruitment/Evaluation/Retention
✔ Rapid Team Scaling including Distributed Teams
✔ Predictive/Projection Based Forecasting
✔ Product/Project Schedule Delivery
✔ Change Agent / Status Quo Challenger / Innovation Leadership
✔ Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) certifications
✔ Social Media and Traditional Tech Branding
✔ Agile Coaching Including Scrum and Kanban
✔ Patent Creation
If you have questions or would like to talk about technology topics, please feel free to connect with me! I also welcome inquiries about the results I have achieved. You can reach me by email at email@example.com or via Twitter (@MKuphal).
J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc., Director of Mobile/Web Development
March 2004 - Present, Neenah , WI
Managed and grew software development team to support rapid product line growth. Staff includes 75+ technical people; functional areas include Development Managers, Team Leads, Development, and Quality Assurance. Includes hiring, annual review, merit increase, and career development responsibilities for staff.
Managed $5.0 to $10.5 million of commercial grade development project activity annually supporting platforms that currently generate revenue of over $50 million per year. This includes major mobile (Android/iOS/WinMobile), software, and web application releases. Projects vary from three months to 1.5 years in length.
Led the successful merger of two department development teams into a single dev team that now consists of six Scrum teams working across all product lines via a single product backlog.
Serve and contribute on multiple Corporate Steering committees including: New Market Exploration, Data Security, Cloud Strategies, FCRA Compliance, Intellectual Property, Data Center Co-Location, Disaster Recovery, as well as multiple other cross department sub-groups.
Designed/Implemented a DevSupport process that utilizes a KanBan board to make visible all support related development activities as well as integrates a single processing queue for all questions/data issues/etc. yielding a 50% productivity increase.
Led the creation/implementation of multiple contract developer vendor partnerships to help address scarce local technical resource recruiting challenges. This included relationship creation, vetting of technical people, remote team setup/execution/integration, communication, etc.
Participated in corporate annual budgeting activities including creation/maintenance of multiple cost center budgets.