Ryan Parman is a technologist, entrepreneur and open source hacker. He is a software engineer who is fiercely passionate and downright obsessive about user experience. He inherently understands that the customer is the single most valuable asset an organization can have, and is driven by the unrelenting pursuit of customer-driven focus, ideals and user experience.
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I bring 15 years of experience in building for the web. My experience and interests run the gamut from user interaction design, through web development, software engineering and infrastructure, along with the project management experience to pull it all together, and the product experience to ensure that our customers are delighted at each point where they touch our brand.
I want to enjoy my work. I want to feel like I'm having a positive impact on the lives of the customers I support. Those might be internal customers, or they might be external customers. Either way, I want to make their lives easier, better and happier.
I've worked for startups, Fortune 500s, and companies in-between. I can say that I enjoy the passion, hunger and customer-focus of startups (or companies/teams that operate like startups) with the financial security of a Fortune 500. I've learned that I enjoy my work far more when my customers are living, breathing human beings (B2C) — not faceless corporate entities (B2B). My experience at Amazon has been fantastic in this regard.
I'm interested in roles where I'm allowed — nay, encouraged — to keep my hands and eyes on a product every step of the way. Where ownership means not only responsibility when things go wrong, but also the authority to make the necessary decisions for its success. Where I can manage and build a project without having to spend all day in meetings. Where I'm encouraged to challenge the status quo to find newer, better ways of doing things. Where I can work alongside designers, web devs, engineers, and product people to provide the best possible experience for our customers.
<p>tag is if the server is falling over. At the same time, if the server is up, make darn sure that the text is easy to read.
Ryan is the creator and visionary behind the AWS SDK for PHP — AWS's SDK for rapidly building cloud-based web applications (launched September 2010). He invests heavily in supporting the needs of developers by taking the time to listen and understand the needs of developers, and is involved in PHP-related industry groups on behalf of AWS.
Ryan worked with the AWS Elastic Beanstalk team to provide PHP support for the platform (launched March 2012). In addition to working with the PHP community to determine the configuration for a PHP container that would fit the greatest number of developers, he developed a rigorous internal test suite for testing containers which has been used as the basis for testing by other language-specific teams. He also had early input on adding support for
git push deployments.
Ryan was heavily involved in the creation and development of the AWS SDK for PHP 2 — a best-of-breed SDK (backed by Guzzle — a best-of-breed HTTP framework) that takes into account the numerous changes in the PHP language and community since Tarzan/CloudFusion was first written in 2005 (launched November 2012).
Ryan also works with the AWS Design team on the AWS Management Console, where he lends his experience as a web developer and software engineer to bridge the gap between the design and engineering disciplines in an effort to build a high-quality, robust, user-friendly console for interacting with Amazon Web Services.
Vanity is a tool for generating high-quality, user-friendly documentation from PHP source code. Vanity was written to address the user-hostile and generally unhelpful output that most existing documentation tools generate. Vanity came from the experience of working alongside users over nearly a decade of open-source software development, and has been heavily inspired by Rails API, jQ API, jQuery source viewer, Cocoa Developer Reference and Ingredients.app.
CloudFusion is a fast, powerful PHP toolkit for building awesome, cloud-based web applications in a fraction of the time! Design decisions are made in the best interests of performance, ease of use, and overall usability. Goals are to provide a high-performance developer toolkit for leveraging Amazon's cloud infrastructure, to grow the community and, and to build useful user-centric apps based on the toolkit.
WarpShare's mission is to support artists by eradicating digital media piracy in a manner consistent with a free and open future. With a next-generation file transfer protocol, socially-aware service, and a solution that turns traditional, television, and online advertising on its head, WarpShare is poised to be the first to provide the content industry with a successful, internet-native business model for the 21st century.
Ryan is the creator, evangelist, and co-developer of the SimplePie project — a PHP library that enables web developers to simply and easily integrate news feeds into their websites and web applications.
After recruiting additional development resources in June 2005, Ryan began to shift from a primarily development-focused role to a primarily people-focused role, where he currently works to ensure that people are aware of, and can easily use SimplePie through support, documentation, tutorials, plugins, and evangelism.Consulting and development services (2007 – 2009)
As a freelance developer, Ryan leverages a deep understanding of best practices in front-end development, layout and design, information architecture, usability, accessibility, and web culture to provide value to clients. He provides guidance to people and teams about how to maintain best practices after the project ends.
Ryan lead the front-end development of the Spring 2008 re-launch of the Yahoo! Messenger website. He collaborated with a core team of developers to provide increased usability, accessibility, organic search engine optimization (SEO), and simplified maintenance, resulting in exceptionally tuned performance for 29 locales.
Ryan was involved in tuning the front-end stack for performance, where they employed semantically valid HTML/CSS, caching, gzipping, image spriting, code minification, and reduced HTTP requests, resulting in exceptional performance.
Ryan was a core member of the team tasked with re-building the company intranet site around Oracle Portal. His time was spent writing and discussing functional and technical documentation, conducting usability interviews, and creating a fresh UI that employed user-centered design principles, web standards, and AJAX technologies.
Ryan was also a member of the Endora Marketing Team, which was geared towards spreading information about the company's move to Oracle's ERP software. In that capacity, Ryan maintained the Endora website, wrote numerous articles for the monthly newsletter, interviewed project leads, and created fun little ERP-related polls to help drive interest in the project.
Ryan worked with the eBusiness team to improve maintenance and development for the UI of the GlobalSource project. He also re-engineered the Stryker Endoscopy public site to follow modern web standards, and built a PHP-based templating system for the site that significantly sped up development.
Ryan coordinated with Campaign Managers on email campaign integration, with responsibility for email content and change requests, and ensuring that the content format was consistent with client requirements. He performed the quality tracking and reporting of campaign integration-related metrics, and consulted and troubleshot on text and HTML templates.
Ryan maintained HTML code guidelines, provided optimal design and processing, and provided suggestions for strategic and process improvements. He also acted as syndication expert for the internal RSS development team.
Ryan's client experience included Banana Republic, SBC (now AT&T), Hewlett Packard (HP), Sony Style, Lexus, MAC Make-up.
A full list of recommendations can be found on my LinkedIn profile. Here are a few of my favorites.
“Ryan has sort of become my informal mentor regarding my web development role within Amazon. He's passionate about what he does, he's extremely talented and his "can-do" approach to projects makes him valuable on any team he becomes a part of. Perhaps even more importantly than his direct contributions to a given role however is his steady presence in stress, the ability to absorb (and apply) new information and technology quickly and and unquestioned desire to see those around him succeed. I pride myself in my profession and look up to Ryan as a mentor, a colleague and a friend. Ryan Parman is an outstanding, well-rounded and positive leader who inspires confidence in those who appeal to him for technical help or simply solid advice. I hope Amazon never loses him for greener pastures.”
“Ryan is suspiciously clever. How can he know so much? How can he have such good ideas? We may never know the answers to these questions. He is very approachable and has a warm sense of humor. Have you offered Ryan a job yet? No? Then you are a fool.”
“Ryan is a rock star. Through his work on SimplePie, he has a healthy understanding of PHP and server-side concerns. He is extremely proficient in all aspects of modern web development [...]. He is aware and respectful of standards-body recommendations, but he knows that in the end, user satisfaction (as opposed to developer comfort) is most important. [...] [Ryan managed] to go above and beyond the call of duty by proposing and implementing creative solutions to the hurdles that appeared along the way.”
“Ryan is one of those rare developers who not only wants a functional product, but wants it to perform well, be scalable, and use best of breed technology. Sometimes these goals mean ignoring the status quo and pushing the boundaries of the box — this is a good thing and ultimately keeps the technology moving forward and getting better across many aspects of engineering.”
“What has always impressed me about Ryan was his internal motivation for continual improvement. Whether it's creating software in his spare time or researching and implementing bleeding-edge UI techniques, I've always admired his drive. Coupled with a rich technical acumen and superior interpersonal skills, it was always a pleasure to work with him [...].”
“I had the pleasure of working with Ryan at Rearden Commerce, where I witnessed first-hand his tenacious work ethic and excellent project management skills. Ryan is an accomplished and tremendously talented web developer dedicated to innovation and web standards. He stands out among the rest as an Open Source guru who excels in both front-end and middle-tier technologies, and I believe he is one of the best developers I have had the chance to work with.”
“Ryan has both an excellent technical perspective and the drive to fight for the common user. He has a very wide understanding of development's, web services', and online communities' concepts and finds the best way to accomplish the tasks at hand. The caliber of his work is a rarity among his field and he pulls knowledge and services from the most applicable sources while interfacing quickly, effectively, and concurrently with design, development, strategic, marketing, and executive teams.”
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