My name is Wissam and I'm a Senior Engineering Manager at GitHub, leading a team that is responsible for our global scale public APIs. I've had the privilege to work remotely full-time for over 4 years now, including at two of the biggest remote companies: GitHub and InVision. This has helped shape my thoughts and philosophy on scaling engineering organizations and managing remote teams. I focus on fostering strong engineering cultures in distributed organizations to increase impact.
Sorry, I am not currently available for mentoring sessions.
Designing for Scale
May 2016 - current
I blog about architecting websites with scale and performance in mind over at https://designingforscale.com.
May 2016 - Nov 2017
I worked on the backend (Node.js, Express), database (MongoDB), frontend (React, Redux), and automated tests.
My work involved dealing with clients directly: daily standups and constant updates through Jira tickets / Slack, breaking down the business goals into concrete technical tasks, planning sprints, and ensuring that the projects were on track.
Co-founder / CTO
Sep 2015 - Apr 2017
I'm the cofounder (and previously CTO) of Frontdoor, an app set out to make apartment hunting easier.
I was in charge of developing the first version of Frontdoor and improving it for the next 1.5 years. I built a product that was used by over 5k users and available in multiple cities by the time I stepped down.
My role at Frontdoor allowed me to wear multiple hats: backend, database, DevOps, frontend. I developed our RESTful API running on Node.js, our databases, the integration with third-party services (retrieving listings from partners, analytics, email integrations, etc), deploying and maintaining a product / staging / development environment. I was also in charge of breaking down the features and product roadmap into concrete tasks for our team of engineers, and making sure that nothing is blocking them from moving forward with their tasks.
It started with a question that makes millions cringe. "When can I see it?” We're entrepreneurs, engineers, and product folks gathered around the idea that frictionless apartment search is the best way to empower busy city dwellers everywhere.
We're building the future of housing: a fast-learning, software-driven digital concierge that takes care of your apartment search so you don't have to. Frontdoor is a product that anyone moving anywhere can use.
In 10 years, we will look back and wonder: How did anyone use emails and phone calls, more so waited days to see an apartment they loved? How could traditional real estate online businesses and housing apps ignore 94% of city dwellers in demand of a more responsive process?
We're building a better way to live.