Darren Harkness Profile Picture Darren Harkness, Full Stack Project Manager.

About Experience Management Contact

Nearly 20 years of development experience

I have worked with several cross-functional teams since 1999 years in startup, enterprise, and educational organizations in creative, development, and administrative roles. I have a strong background in project management, web-based technologies, copy, and design, and a history of supporting application development and technical communications.

Full details of my professional experience can be found on LinkedIn.

Technology skills

Project Management / Process

  • PHP
  • Swift (iOS)
  • Python
  • Javascript
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Apache

  • Object-oriented development
  • Application Frameworks
  • Relational Databases
  • Content Management Systems
  • API Development
  • UX / Information Architecture
  • Responsive Design
  • Accessibility

  • Agile/Scrum
  • Six Sigma trained
  • ITIL Foundation certified
  • Change Management

  • Mentor-based leadership
  • Proposal Writing
  • Estimation
  • Budgeting

Content Management Systems and Application Frameworks

I have extensive experience with content management systems, from both a technical and resource management perspective, alongside experience with all major web content management systems, including Alfresco, Drupal, and Wordpress, dating back to 1999, when I was a beta tester for the Movable Type blogging system. As Help Development Lead at GE Fanuc, I helped the technical writing team build out an open, XML-based authoring model based on IBM’s DITA schematic, which helped standardize authoring across web and print and reduce unnecessary duplication of content.

At my current employer, I’ve worked with a number of departments to build websites using the Drupal and Wordpress frameworks, making use of the multisite capabilities of those frameworks to reduce unnecessary maintenance and duplication of effort. I have worked with multiple departments as part of this work, helping to standardize wherever possible, and provided guidance where needed.

Open Source

I'm an avid supporter of Open Source software, and contribute back to development communities when and where I can. I have contributed patches and projects to Mahara, Elgg, Open Conference Systems, and Drupal, along with many other, smaller open source projects.

You can find me on Github, where I helped Athabasca University create their own institutional repository for sharing back to the development community. I also write a set of tutorials on Swift development, and have written a book and several book chapters for designers and other non-technical people interested in the web.