Margie is an independent consultant with 20 years of experience simplifying and streamlining systems involving content, enterprise data, customer interactions, and workflows. She has worked with Microsoft, the Gates Foundation, Office Depot, Laplink.com, the Seattle Times, and numerous smaller companies in the Seattle area. Her current passion is combining the business sensibility of Lean Startup with sensible UX to promote software development and business cultures that are realistic, pragmatic, customer-empathetic, and profitable. She especially enjoys simplifying the complex and studying complicated systems to envision simpler design patterns for them. Margie holds a Certificate in Software Product Management from the University of Washington, a Master’s degree in Speech-Language-Communications from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.