In this episode Christina Storm, Director of Design at Microsoft for Cortana Analytics family: including Azure Machine Learning, Data Factory and Stream Analytics, joins Gary Rozanc to discuss what skills are necessary for entry level interactive designers such as being multi-disciplinary and understanding customer development. Christina also shares how important user research and real life scenarios are at the beginning of a project to help students create better designs. Finally, Christina shares what she doesn’t want to see a portfolio!
Christina Storm. Christina has 22 years of software development experience with the Microsoft Corporation spanning diverse businesses including Windows, Office, Visual Studio, Xbox, SQL Server, Power BI and Azure Machine Learning. Christina has extensive knowledge in managing the product development lifecycle from initial planning phase to delivery, both for established products and for new incubations.
Passionate about creating products that people love, Christina’s specialties include Program Management, User Experience Design and Design Research. Currently Christina is the Director of Design for several big data workloads in the Cortana Analytics family: including Azure Machine Learning, Data Factory and Stream Analytics.
Outside of Microsoft Christina is an active member of the Seattle Angel Investor Community and is currently in her 5th year of mentoring entrepreneurs during TechStars’ startup accelerator programs.