MyDante is a web application that displays the text of Dante’s Divine Comedy and allows users to annotate the text. It also goes beyond annotations because it includes other applications like blogging and discussion forum within it. CNDLS’ unique take on the platform is to provide users with a platform that encourages and aids contemplative reading.
As the product manager on the projects, I worked with a team of 10-15 people. The product team included UI designers,, debelopers, QA specialists and a system administrator. The team consists of internal staff and contractors. I was tasked with managing the development of the project, manaing the backlog and making sure the product launched on time.
This role as a product manager provided me with a unique experience of being able to participate in a variety of conversations and challanged me to see the different connecting pieces. Overall, it was an an amazing yet challenging experience to go from managing smaller products to managing a large and a very public product.
In addition to being product manager, I was also one of the core developers of the platform. Again, this was a unqiue opportunity for me because I was able to contribute to the project as a developer but who also had to make sure the larger pieces were moving along.
I was able to work with a large team and with some of them in a mentor capacity. This was a very rewarding experience as I was able to watch people grow and take responsibility for various parts of the project.
Technology stack: Django, HTML, CSS, JS, MySQL