Nick Simons
Nick Simons

I'm a Product Manager with a proven track record for bringing complex products to market.

I have years of experience managing people and projects.

Fluid Framework, TypeScript, JavaScript, C#, React, HTML, CSS, SQL
2019 - Present
Principal Product Manager

Developing the Fluid Framework – an innovative way to deliver low-latency, highly-scalable collaborative web apps.

2012 - 2019
Principal PM Manager

Managed a team of PMs instrumental in designing and delivering Office on the Web.

Collaborated across org. boundaries to integrate Office with Microsoft Teams and Outlook.

Drove the modernization and simplification of the entire Office web user experience.

Architect of the program that allows 3rd-party file storage hosts to integrate with Office web and mobile endpoints. This program includes 100s of partners and accounts for 15% of Office web usage.

Led the modernization of a large-scale web service including moving from discrete hardware to Azure and the transition from a traditional update cadence to continuous delivery.

2001 - 2012
Senior Program Manager

Drove integration between Office on the Web and SharePoint Online, OneDrive, and Exchange Online.

Delivered an on-premise version of the Office service for enterprises not ready to move to the Cloud.

Modernized Office comments and brought them into Office on the Web.

Designed the first web-based Office experiences for delivering help, templates, and clipart.

Owned and ultimately removed the Office Assistant (Clippy) from Office. Yes, I killed Clippy.

1999 - 2001
User Education Manager

Managed a team of Programmer Writers who delivered the technical documentation for the object models of all Microsoft Office products.

1998 - 1999
Bell Canada
Senior Project Manager

Drove the development of Bell Canada's first browser-based employee survey.

1995 - 1998
Documentation Manager

Managed a team of writers delivering documentation for the suite of Corel graphics products.

1994 - 1995
The Fulcrum
Production Manager

Designed and produced a weekly newspaper with a circulation of 10,000 and a largely volunteer staff of about 50.

1990 - 1994
University of Ottawa
BA (hon.) in Philosophy

Magna Cum Laude – Focus on Logic, Philosophy of Science, Cognitive Science, and Moral Philosophy

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