Dan DiGangi - Software Engineering Manager, Tech Instructor/Mentor

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Dan DiGangi

Software Engineering Manager

Thanks for stopping by my website. Below I've written what I hope gives you an idea of who I am, what I've done, and where I'm going.

Fall 23' Update: Looking for a new engineering manager role. Laid off recently. Email me at dandigangi@proton.me.

Overview

For over 20 years I've worked as a software engineer dedicated to high quality delivery and solving complex problems. The last 5+ years I've held multiple engineering management and leadership roles.

Build experiences, not software

My core mission is building diverse, high performance teams delivering the best software & experiences. We are customer/experience first thinkers that apply the engineering lens. Our decisions are impactful, needle forward actions pushing us towards success in the now and future.

Experience

My main experience is developing full stack Node, Typescript, Javascript, React, and CSS. But I do enjoy Go, Python, Kotlin, AWS, and occasionally some poorly written Rust. Now a days I'm on the engineering management track leading small to large teams ranging from 5-25 engineers of various disciplines. Previously I've led teams using Java and C# outside of the frontend.

My skill set shines the most working within the Product/Design/Engineering triangle with close-to-customer (B2C or B2B) products.

Companies I've been worked at in the past include DocuSign, Apartments.com, OpenLane, Arrive Logistics, and ClearStory Data.

Software Engineer: 20+ years | Engineering Manager: 5+ years

Industries: Real Estate, Logistics, Legal, Automotive, CRM/Marketing, Finance, Advertising, E-Commerce

Project Types: Finance, Accounting, Billing, BI, Data Visualization, Workflow Engines, ReactJS Migrations, Developer Productivity/Tooling, Defect Analysis, Data Ingestion, Realtime & Event Systems, Data Analytics, SDLC & Agile, Documentation

Additional Experience: Product Management, UX/UI Design, QA/Automation

More Education: LinkedIn Courses - Critical Thinking, Taking Charge of Leadership Conversations, How Leaders Can Motivate Others by Creating Meaning, Communicating with EQ

More information available on LinkedIn.

Other

Coaching & Volunteering

Coaching/mentoring is a true passion of mine. Spots are available and I'm particularly interested in supporting underserved groups. Previously I've worked with engineers ranging from junior to senior, staff, and even other technical leaders. Product owners and designers are more than welcome also! Let's build your career in technology together.

Mentoring Platforms: Plato, MentorCruise, Private Coaching

Volunteering: Startup Institute Chicago Teacher (Javascript), Chicago Javascript Camp Staff, Oral Cancer Foundation

React Loop Conference

ReactLoop is Chicago's only ReactJS conference that a few friends and I organized in 2019. We're looking for new collaborators and partners to bring it back in 2024.

Year 1: 250+ attendees (sold out!), 12 speakers, 2 keynotes, 5 sponsors, and 8 partner companies


The Longer Story

My background is cliche in some respects but my background started in hacking games, creating game art, and digital art.

In gaming I spent days on days hacking into Age of Empires decompiling DLLs, writing simple if/thens, and creating character art. One day my dad caught me using MS Paint dabbing pixel-by-pixel creating Achilles black Myrmidon armor based on the 2001 Troy movie with Brad Pitt.

He asked what I was doing and in turn introduced me to Photoshop which is my longest running skill set. What a lifesaver for my time and catalyst for what would become my future.

Getting older I started to move into digital art using Photoshop, Illustrator, and Cinema4D. My career as an artist didn't go nearly as far as my friends who became top tier artists but it was a great experience. If you've known me long enough you'll remember me from the IF Skin Zone and my forum Elite Graphics.

Those skills took me into freelance where I created websites, designed marketing/print, and went deep into Wordpress/LAMP stack. Arrogantly I even took my portfolio at 16 to apply for a design job at State Farm. They shot me down but it didn't matter.

It didn't stop me from continuing forward growing as both an engineer and designer.

What's important is the foundation was built and supported my future career every step of the way. I've been permanently influenced with an exceptionally passionate drive towards the best design and user experiences.

It took many years for my tagline "build experiences, not software" to come to life but it's been my core mission for longer than I can remember.

There's much more to this story that I'll update in the near future.