Chris Scholtens

Chris Scholtens

Lead Product Manager | Accessibility Champion

Sonic Foundry

June 2020 – Present

  • Maintain unified product roadmap for Mediasite, with new deliverables prioritized and tied to revenues and opportunities
  • Maintain prioritized backlog of new features, tasks, discovery, and bugs
  • Intake ideas from customers and employees, considering whether they should be added to the backlog, immediately prioritized, or set aside
  • Maintain customer contact through directed customer visits, communication with field employees, and competitive analysis
  • Write capabilities abstracts for significant new features
  • Write release brief documents for major releases
  • Act as the product champion, answering internal and external questions about the product
  • Manage and mentor product managers within the product team
  • Communicate and coordinate roadmap priorities across scrum teams
  • Serve as an accessibility resource for engineering, customer success, and customer questions
  • Maintain compliance with all US and EU accessibility regulations
  • Maintain the VPAT accessibility conformance documents as current

UX, Senior Web Designer

Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority

June 2015 – June 2020

  • Identify, engage, and coordinate with key stakeholders across all business units to coordinate content, develop new features, create intra/inter-connections, and reduce redundancy
  • Originate and edit web content related to business information and communications
  • Maintain, WHEDAnet, and Transform’s architecture, including site map, information hierarchy, data connections, and file directory structure
  • Interface across all business units to recommend hardware/software, functionality, and technical upgrades
  • Conceive strategies and solutions, build consensus, and sell/execute solutions
  • Guide visual development with creation of graphics and other treatments to enhance WHEDA’s brand standards
  • Develop, modify, and have oversight of WHEDA brand styles, standards, and processes for professional quality presentation, continuity, and editorial integrity
  • Demonstrate ability to work individually, pursuing new projects independently, as well as a team member/team leader
  • Educate, guide, or train employees/users on new features and products in a comprehensive, easy to understand manner
  • Improve web performance, optimize loading times, and lower expenses
  • Coordinate data driven analytics, analyze and evaluate, form business cases based on data
  • Manage information, data, and user flow through website and web application experience
  • Coordinate and lead technical & business discussions
  • Develop and maintain project roadmaps, complete with goals throughout
  • Evaluate emerging technologies/industry trends for best practices and standards
  • Provide technology guidance and mentorship
  • Identify user requirements through research and analysis
  • Design information structure, work/user/data flow, navigation
  • Translate technical data, project needs, and analytics into business cases for higher ROI
  • Create custom code to enable new features and interactivity on, using JavaScript, CSS, and HTML
  • Act as a champion for WHEDA and it’s mission
  • Oversaw design, UI testing, business unit review, and rollout of corporate website redesign (2015)
  • Led WHEDA Advance development, training, and morale growth team (2015-2017)
  • Acted as Project Manager for redesign of web-based Find a Lender application (2017)
  • Led a process review of the consumer facing web pages for the Single Family team, evaluating the overall process, user experience, information architecture, and marketing strategy (2018)
  • Attended trainings in leadership development, technical skill development, and project management (2015-2018)

Web Artificer

Chris Scholtens Design Studio

December 2010 – Present

  • Meet with clients to discuss project scope, responsibility for content, timeline, desired features, branding
  • Establish Information Architecture for site content, driving hierarchy, design, and navigation decisions
  • Create art mockups of sites
  • Wireframe site prototypes for multiple devices/platforms
  • Design and create client driven websites, with a content-first, responsive design
  • Conduct user testing for real world results and analysis
  • Ensure design conformity, continuous branding, and excellent user interface
  • Attended trainings in leadership development, technical skill development, and project management (2015-2018)