software development product manager

    Senior Product Manager

    Developer Docs

    Remote / Austin home base -- (2021 - present)


    docs.microsoft.com is the home for Microsoft documentation and learning for developers and technology professionals.

    Kezia's Role as a Senior Product Manager:

    • Redefine and execute a holistic view of user feedback across all technical documentation
    • Own the transition to a global navigation structure across all technical documentation (versioning, etc...)
    • Own and grow a technical assessment service focused on Azure

    Product Consultant

    Digital Platform Strategy & Delivery

    Austin, TX -- (2018 - present)

    CarbostSwiss is a boutique consulting firm that helps startups define and execute their digital product strategy.


    Kezia's Role as a Product Consultant:

    • Help our clients shape their vision and strategy for their ecommerce or platform or digital initiatives
    • Understand and analyze end-user needs (customer journeys, user stories, etc)
    • Manage work streams related to organizational design, product and experience strategy governance, product management, and agile delivery
    • Define, prioritize and execute activities to drive digital modernization initiatives such as stakeholder alignment, change impact assessment, transition phasing, response planning, and adoption monitoring
    Key focus: Helping startups bridge the product gap between seed and series A. This is a niche time in the business where founders are still very much driving product but are not quite ready for the first full time product hire.

    Product Manager

    Paid Products Strategy & Delivery

    Remote / Austin home base -- (2019 - 2021)


    Stack Overflow is is the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share​ ​their programming ​knowledge, and build their careers.

    Kezia's Role as a Product Manager:

    • Helped launch and iterate the Stack Overflow paid product suite (SaaS) - "Stack Overflow for Teams"
    • Help set the product strategy for Stack Overflow for Teams, and lead the team that is executing on that strategy
    • Manage a fully remote and global team of developers
    • Contribute to user research and customer segmentation to understand the needs of our customers and developers that consume ad content.
    • Start with high-level goals, turn them into detailed functional specs, and work with developers and designers to create rapid prototypes
    Key accomplishment: Increased team productivity/output by 60%. The team ships more quality code now than when Kezia first started.

    VP Product

    Logistics Technology

    Austin, TX -- (2017 - 2018)


    Dropoff is a courier service focused on same-day, last-mile deliveries with locations nationwide. Clients include Nordstrom’s, Whole Foods, McKesson, Sprinkle’s Cupcakes, and Neiman Marcus.

    Kezia's Role as a Director Product:

    • Work to align the Dropoff roadmap with business strategy.

    • Develop and champion a product vision and product strategy focused on artificial intelligence.

    • Serve as a thought leader within the team and the broader enterprise.

    • Direct collaboration on a day-to-day basis with engineering, QA, & UX design.

    • Align operational needs with product roadmap.

    • Lead for technical integration projects - customer or internal.

    Key accomplishment: Productization and launch of 2 artificial intelligence projects aimed at optimizing operational processes while increasing ability to scale.

    Director Product

    Enterprise Logistic Marketplace

    Austin, TX -- (2016 - 2017)


    uShip is an online marketplace for shipping services. Individuals and businesses post items they need shipped in a variety of categories, including auto transport, boat shipping, moving service, and the transport of heavy industrial equipment.


    Kezia's Role as a Director Product:

    • Develop a strategy for the roll out of the new Enterprise "PRO" platform. This platform supports high volume logistics shippers and their businesses.

    • Translate strategy into tactical roadmap / plans.

    • Identity product market requirements and derive functional requirements.

    • Lead a group of 3 separate software development & design teams to build and deliver the Enterprise PRO platform.

    • Day to day delivery lead / Client engagement lead.

    Key accomplishment: Launch of a holistic platform for the 3rd largest logistics company in Europe. Took the project from idea to delivery with the goal of digitizing and optimizing existing logistic processes. Included web/native apps. Helped achieve funding from series C to D.

    eCommerce Consultant

    eCommerce Consultant

    Austin, TX -- (2012 - 2015)


    Optaros is an eCommerce services and consulting agency. Optaros partners with clients to design, build, and manage eCommerce solutions. Past clients include Coach, Nestle, Stella & Dot, Rue La La, Walmart, and luxury consumer goods labels.


    Kezia’s Role as Product/eCommerce Consultant:

    • Driving product development needs and communication between client stakeholders, including executive teams, in-house disciplines, multiple development teams, and contractors. Products include: personalized shopping tool, driving users to retail store experience, high volume online shopping events (black Friday/cyber Monday).
    • Day to day client management - service, contracts & resourcing. 
    • Building a short-term and long-term product roadmap according to customer needs and business requirements.
    • Developing a cohesive customer experience, with a focus on user flows (divided by front end user and system interactions)
    • Manage the entire life-cycle of site features.
    Key accomplishment: Launch and ongoing innovation of a high end retailer account and helped generate 800% in online revenue increase over 2 years.

    Education / Certifications

    Cornell University. Customer-Focused Product and Service Design Certificate

    Scrum Alliance. CSPO - Certified Scrum Product Owner
    St. Mary's University. B.A. International Relations
    John Cabot University of Rome Italy. International Relations Study Abroad Program

    Professional Skills

    • Software and product development lifecycle
    • Agile methodologies
    • Distributed team management
    • Ecommerce platform focus: Magento, Hybris, Demandware


    Academic Papers


    (1) Zacharoff KL, Zeis J, Frayjo K, Chiauzzi E, & Reznikova M (2009). Cross- Cultural Pain Management: Effective Treatment of Pain in the Hispanic Population. Newton, MA: Inflexxion.

    (2) Chiauzzi E, Black RA, Frayjo K, Reznikova M, Mgrimes Serrano J, Zacharoff K, Wood M (2010). Health Care Provider Perceptions of Pain Treatment in Hispanic Patients. Pain Practice.


    (3) Donovan E, Wood M, Frayjo K, Surette D, Black R (2012). A randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of an online, parent-based intervention to reduce risk associated with college student alcohol use. Addictive Behaviors.

  • Portfolio

    Overview of some of my favorite projects.

    Diesel Jeans

    • Focus:  Re-platform program
    • Team:  Diesel executives at Italy HQ & various vendors
    • Outcome:  Delivery plan with budget &scope

    Coach Outlet

    • Focus:  Product development, delivery management, managed services.
    • Team Size:  26 (at peak) onshore & offshore. 
    • Revenue: $427MM year revenue at its peak (highest grossing year)
    • Order Volume = 2127 order/hour, avg (6387 order/hour, avg at peak)

    Nestle Dolce Gusto

    • Focus:  Product Development & Delivery Services
    • Outcome:  Multi-Country Platform Build & Roll Out
    • Team:  US & Europe

    DB Schenker - Drive4Schenker Platform

    • Focus:  Product Development & Delivery Services
    • Outcome:  Multi-Country Platform Build & Roll Out
    • Team Location:  US & Europe
    • Team Size:  30+ developers, designers, product