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Kenya Freeman Oduor, Ph.D.

Human-Centered Researcher, Strategist, & Designer

Kenya Freeman Oduor, Ph.D.
Raleigh-Durham United States (North Carolina)
Professional Status
Employed
Available
About Me
I follow a human-centered approach to solution research, strategy, and design. After nearly 18 years in enterprise software development organizations, I formed Lean Geeks. Lean Geeks, a consulting and staffing firm, helps organizations discover market opportunities and define the most effective solutions for their market.

Leading business strategy and org change in human-centered solution definition and design (Design Thinking) is my strength. I enjoy working with others across organizations from the top-down and bottom-up on defining and implementing processes that lead to better problem definition and improved solution outcomes. I coach cross-functional teams on collaborative discovery, definition, and design processes that are complimentary to Agile methods.

I hold a doctorate in Human Factors Psychology from North Carolina State University. I am an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at N.C. State. I am also Pragmatic Marketing Certified and have Agile Scrummaster and Product Owner training.

I help cultivate the strengths and capabilities of user experience research and design talent embedded within teams. Supporting their ability to successfully work with product management and development is important to a cross-functional product team's ability to collaborate and create successful outcomes.

Technical expertise: Sense-making, broad thinker with experience in user research, requirements gathering and elicitation, information synthesis, ideation, software interface design, product design, innovation, research & development, and process improvement

Interpersonal skills: Adaptable to changing requirements and unexpected obstacles, strategic thinker, risk taker, facilitator, capable of delivering clear and useful feedback, inspire and coach others
  • Provide feedback and consulting to start-up entities on strategies to improve their understanding of users and application of these insights
  • Volunteer with non-profits such as Habitat for Humanity, Shepard's Table Soup Kitchen, Food Bank of Eastern and Central NC, Housing for New Hope, among others
  • Mentor/mentee relationships with several women in tech and entrepreneurship
  • Planned and led 5-day STEM camp for 25 middle-school girls that included 50+ corporate volunteers and presenters
  • Partner in agricultural venture that strives to support economic development in Western Kenya by providing business education and individual empowerment to be self-sustaining