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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

Manager, User Experience

LexisNexis
2009 to 2014
  • Began my tenure at LN as the "UX team of one" responsible for the research, design, and validation of 3 practice management application. Promoted to manager nine months into the role
  • Grew and managed global UX, Tech Writing, and Business Analysis Team for Business of Law Software Solutions division
  • Defined and managed 9-month user research project to identify market opportunity and create concepts for new market segment. Involved recruitment and scheduling of 23 site visits across 5 major US cities. Engagement required oversight of user research/design firm team and collaboration with 4 LexisNexis product managers and stakeholders