Hi. My name is Tim Sheiner. I design systems.

I apply a system thinking approach to the development of enterprise software, process and service models for business and the efficient execution of public-interest projects.

I excel at

  • identifying leverage points for creating change in systems
  • measuring and improving the quality of system output
  • representing systems in software, or redesigning existing implementations

I am comfortable as creative lead or supporting manpower. I bring innovation and efficiency to the strategy, research and conceptual phase of a project and continue to deliver value during implementation with expert quality presentations, specifications, prototypes and my extensive knowledge of software development processes.

"Tim has a special skill for taking apart a complex problem and putting it back together better than anyone I have known. When they are reassembled, even the most complex ideas will flow with new, compelling logic and clarity."

Mark Hovde, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Pharsight Corporation

Enterprise Application

I collaborated with the fantastic folks at Hot Studio on the redesign of this self-service portal; my major contribution was an easier to understand navigational model.

As presented by Akamai:

"I hired Tim to help us with a project to redesign a complex enterprise web application. He connected immediately with our internal team and also developed a strong positive rapport with our client."

Dani Malik, Executive Director, User Experience, Hot Studio

Visual System

I was creative director on the project to create an engaging and consistent visual design for this server product.

"Tim transformed Jaspersoft. He took a product weakness and turned it into a competitive advantage."

Mary M. Flynn, Worldwide Sales Engineering, Jaspersoft

Mobile Application

I worked with a team of designers on a tablet version of a previously print-only cognitive assessment system. I introduced HTML5 prototyping to our process to improve the efficiency of our communication with both our client and our development partner.

As presented by Pearson:

Software Framework

I designed and implemented the HTML and CSS for this modular and standards-compliant interface system.

Simple Theming

Semantic Markup

Object-Oriented CSS

"Tim was the UX architect for JasperSoft's pioneering UI framework and his innovative generic HTML container served as a centerpiece for the project."

Angus Croll, Architect, Jaspersoft

Service Model

I catalyzed internal strategy discussions by introducing a model of Schwab's retail business that was simple enough for anyone to sketch on a white board.

The model, reproducible by anyone, created a shared discussion context in meetings

One variation was used to envision new business lines

Another variation helped to plan different service levels

Public Interest Process

I worked with a neighborhood group to create a process for park renovation based on community-owned design and a public-private funding model that has become the standard approach for park redevelopment in San Francisco.

Community ownership of the design process was the true innovation that we brought to a broken system of civic park stewardship.

Our first tiny grant paid for a party in the park to bring the community together around our needs. Signatures gathered at the party established credibility with a private foundation who gave us enough money to sponsor a design competition for the park. The excitement of the competition and the neighborhood meetings surrounding it resulted in a great design, and convinced both our private sponsors and the city that investing in our park would produce success for everyone.

"The Friends of Walter Haas Playground were extremely successful in raising private funds, and hired a Landscape Architect consultant, Studio Green, to assist the Department in preparing both preliminary park drawings and construction documents."

San Francisco Public Works Website

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