The long story of Austin Higgins…
Austin Higgins is a technology consultant, author and university lecturer who helps organizations increase profits and customer retention while reducing time-to- market and investment costs of developing technology products. He has worked with marketing, finance, technology and executive leaders from companies of all sizes to design, build and launch technology products.
Austin has worked with companies like Southwest Airlines, AT&T, McKesson, Slalom, Pioneer Natural Resources, Bank of America and more. To date, tech products he has been responsible for deliver more than $1 billion per year in annual benefit.
He has designed, tested and implemented methodologies for improving financial performance of technology products, increasing the effectiveness of product requirements teams, reducing waste in governance and prioritization systems and increasing time-to-market with Agile transformations.
He has built e-commerce platforms, sales and service portals, financial transaction systems, API-based communication tools and other technology products. He has run process improvement projects to identify and eliminate waste in a $90 billion financial transaction center and development service offerings at a leading management consulting firm.
Over 6.2 million readers have read his expertise in executive strategy and investment finance in dozens of publications like Seattle PI, Houston Chronicle, Stamford Advocate, WTOP Washington DC News, San Francisco Gate and others. His articles have reached the home page of Yahoo! Finance and Google Finance over 120 times. He regularly speaks at conferences, businesses and universities to distill tools and methods to build better products.
He is an accomplished jazz musician, amateur chef and life-long learner. Some of his personal interests include automation, rock climbing, music theory, sailing, space exploration, cycling and lifestyle design.
He holds an MBA in Quantitative Finance and Strategy from the University of Texas at Dallas, a BA in English and Comparative Linguistics from the University of North Texas and a certificate in Hindi Language and Literature from the Defense Language Institute. Austin is an active duty veteran of the United States Air Force where he was assigned to the Emerging Language Task Force at the prestigious Presidio of Monterey.
Technology Product Financial Benefit Growth
Since 2012, Austin have been responsible for technology products that deliver an annual financial benefit (revenue, direct profit and cost savings) of over $1.5 billion. He has lead the design, solution, execution and launch of mobile, desktop, transactional and database products for Fortune 100 to growth companies.
Some of Austin’s top skills…
Business Case Development
Portfolio & Enterprise Governance
Engineering & UX Management
Project & Program Management
Process Improvement (Six Sigma)
Valuation & Investments
Product Management & Strategy
Product Feature Definition
Product Launch Metrics & Analytics
Product Financial Forecasting
Financial Strategy in Technology
Agile and Scrum Transformation
Austin Higgins, professional speaker…
Austin Higgins is a recognized expert in building technology products that solve customer’s problems. He works with finance, marketing and technology leaders at organizations of all sizes toincrease profits and customer retention while reducing time-to- market and investment costs of developing technology products.
Organizations like McKesson, Slalom, Bank of America, Pioneer Natural Resources and Southwest Airlines have counted on Austin to help them deliver additional value to their customers. Austin regularly speaks at business, universities and conferences distilling pragmatic tools and methods to build better technology products.
“Running a Blockchain Proof of Concept”, IQPC
“What it Takes to be a Great Consultant”, ALFPA Dallas,
“Non-traditional Paths to Management Consulting”, Cohort MBA Program, University of Texas at Dallas
“Practical Business Value of Agile Development Projects”, AgileCamp Dallas
“Business Value Forecasting in Software Development”, The i4Group
“Management consulting case competition”, Southern Methodist University
“Rapid Skill Acquisition in STEM Fields”, Texas Academy of Math and Science
“Crafting a Professional Online Presence”, Career Management Center, University of Texas at Dallas
“Internal vs External Consulting Methodologies”, Consulting Club, University of Texas at Dallas
“Corporate Etiquette”, Career Management Center, University of Texas at Dallas