Liz Alonzi

Thoughout my career, I have developed my user experience and computer science skillsets while using my strong communication skills to ensure both business and customer needs are met. My background in roles spanning the full-stack development process has provided me with a robust understanding of project requirements, and my ability to convey messages to stakeholders on all levels allows me to easily guide projects to success.

I approach my work from both a creative and user-focused standpoint, and with my knowledge of the technical limitations, yet virtually limitless freedoms, of the Web, I bring websites and applications from conception to completion.

Core Strengths

UI/UX Development

User interface and experience development is my main role. I enjoy the challenge of creating engaging products that are beautiful and intuitive on any device. From this position, I liaise with developers, graphic designers, and stakeholders to ensure products work the way users expect them to and look and feel how the business envisions them.

Key projects:

  • EnableMe: early research for mobile and web personal finance applications. I analysed survey data from over 500 respondents: condensed results into easily-understand charts and graphs, created personas from the analysis, and wrote design criteria based on this information and feedback from the product owner.
  • New World supermarkets: smartphone, tablet, and responsive web applications for online grocery shopping. I bridged the gaps between our remote design team, locally-contracted developers, and executive stakeholders to ensure screens met specifications and the customer journey followed the correct path.
  • Simple Build Group: productivity and task management web application for home builders, their clients, and their contractors. Each of these three personas was a different account type with individual requirements and contextual knowledge to consider. I created wireframes and a sitemap, then presented them to the client and modified them based on feedback.
  • Nokia: GIS map web applications. I met with users to discuss their needs and gather feedback, designed new features, presented ideas to stakeholders, and implemented the designs into the software.

Skills

  • User research
  • Data analysis
  • Information architecture
  • Prototyping
  • Wireframesketcher, Balsamiq Mockups
  • Sketch
  • Invision
  • User testing
  • Presenting/public speaking

Front-End Development

My roles as a front-end developer have advanced my skills in coding best practices, responsiveness, accessibility, and SEO. My top priority is always that my work be legible: to my fellow developers, users with disabilities, and web crawlers.

My experience with JavaScript libraries and application state is limited to the ability to apply CSS, discuss concepts with my team, and occasionally create simple components.

Key projects:

  • Centrality: I refactored existing styling to adhere to CSS3 standards, added responsiveness to desktop applications using SASS within a ReactJS environment, and customised Material-UI components to fit our project's needs before implementing new features using them.
  • Freelance: I have designed, built, and customised a wide variety of WordPress sites and plugins using HTML5 and PHP, in addition to sourcing hosting and providing ongoing technical support.
  • MYOB Gift of Time Competition page: I developed a responsive microsite consisting of a lightboxed video, winners gallery, and an entry form. Each section utilized custom animations written in jQuery and CSS.
  • Conversant: I translated static frames into animations for multiple sizes of advertisements while maintaining a consistent brand feel. The work was done using HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, and a proprietary framework.

Skills

  • Responsive design and development
  • HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript
  • Less/SASS
  • jQuery
  • ReactJS, Angular, Redux
  • Command-Line Interfaces
  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • Accessibility
  • SEO

Leadership

In addition to my daily responsibilities, I have often picked up additional leadership roles on teams.

Key roles:

  • Freelance: In my free time, I design and develop websites as a sole trader. This work strengthens my leadership skills as I must manage my client relationships and maintain my own business.
  • Centrality: As one of the few developers at the start-up with formal Agile training, I took on the role of training my teammates in the methodology.
  • Conversant: As part of a 3-person Quality Assurance team, I helped implement a new tagging process in JIRA for the entire production group.
  • Nokia: I acted as a UI/UX consultant for other teams in my department when they wanted to implement new features. I also won several company competitions to build better products.
  • KeyLimeTie: I helped host a two-day hackathon at the American Automobile Association. I presented on the importance of usability and how to create wireframes, then helped teams develop their submissions throughout the competition.

Leader in Agile

I was Scrum Master on my team at Nokia, where we followed Agile strictly. I conducted daily standups, coordinated with stakeholders, led retrospective and sprint planning meetings after every sprint, performed backlog maintenance in JIRA, and attended on-going training for my role.

Many other organisations I have been a part of have also followed the Agile framework to varying degrees, providing me with the opportunity to share my knowledge of the methodology with others, either in the form of established training sessions or just as a resource for team members wanting to learn more.

Additional Skills

Adaptability

My past employers and target audiences have been highly diverse, helping me develop skills to work well in many settings and impressing upon me the importance of a strong foundation of user research.

I have been on teams at companies that range in annual revenue from holding not-for-profit status to holding a place on the Fortune Global 500 list, and ranging in number of employees from less than thirty in a borrowed office to over sixty thousand people working worldwide.

Our target audiences have ranged from educators with a small amount of variation, to literally anyone who would be interested in doing their grocery shopping online, impressing upon me the importance of knowing who one is selling to.

Within the teams I have been part of, our roles within these companies has varied from in-house development to agency work to a blend of both. As for my personal role, I have worked as everything from the only UI/UX developer on a project, up to being one of a group of 15 front-end developers. Most of the teams I have been on have numbered less than ten. I like the greater opportunity for collaboration offered by large teams, but I also find the autonomy one has when working within a smaller group creatively stimulating.

Server-Side Development

Through my university studies and some of the work I did at Nokia, I gained experience with server-side development. I am familiar with many of the development tools and capable in some languages.

These skills are beneficial to me because they help me communicate with developers about how an application's data is structured. This makes projects more efficient, and also fosters open channels of communication between teams within the organisation.