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Den started working as Product Development Manager at StudyPortals in March 2014. His first big task was conceptual design and implementation of an entirely new platform for finding and comparing language learning opportunities across Europe languagelearningportal.com. In order to manage the development process, Scrum methodology was implemented and tested during this project. The beta version was released in record time thanks to the remarkable effort of the legendary Scrum A-Team of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs.
Den is working together with developers and designers. His main responsibilities include product development management, user experience, conceptual, and interaction design. Den once told me that he likes working in StudyPortals because of possibilities for personal development, having fun while doing serious things, and the never give up attitude. And, in general, that everyone in the company cares about every single last tiny detail in the projects that we are developing.
Den holds a Master´s degree in Multimedia Technologies from National Aviation University in Ukraine and a PDEng (Professional Doctorate in Engineering) degree in User System Interaction from Eindhoven University of Technology.
He was working from 2005 till 2012 in the leading map solution supplier for GPS navigation in Kyiv (Ukraine) as a Designer and IT specialist. He wanted to challenge himself further, so he started freelancing in order to get more experience. In that time he became more acquainted with all stages of the web service development by doing graphic design, coding, programming, 3D modelling, business start-up, and printing production design.
He was always fascinated by design, and when he was significantly younger his first idea about a dream job was to become a garbage truck driver. He knew nothing about the negative sides of this job, but what he knew for sure was that garbage trucks have an awesome loader to lift containers, which he recreated with the help of Lego. Overall, he has a broad range of interests which can be found in the following
not-so-boring list: design, self-education, challenges, multitasking attempts, photography, travelling, computer security, psychology, history, music, movies, books, audiobooks, not smiling on photographs, podcasts, experimentation with technology, typography, bouldering, rock climbing, chess, slacklining, roller skating, karate kiokusinkai, and this field is not the HTML meta tag “keywords”.