Alf Orion Watt
San Francisco, CA

alf@istumbler.net
+1 (415) 449-0905

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M. O.
Design and develop superlative user-facing products with a focus on wireless connectivity.
Summary
As a mobile developer and application designer I'm happy to scale all the way from 'code monkey' to 'mobile strategist' depending on your needs. I'm a firm believer in figuring out how to most significantly impact business with mobile apps: marketing showpieces may be fun for a quick splash, but most businesses have opportunities to deeply integrate Mobile into their offerings in a way that really works for customers.

Working from product discussions I can produce design documents, wireframe sketches and UI treatments for executive review and approval. From that point I can implement myself or direct a group depending on the project size. Setting up and running a a small focused team of app developers would be ideal, I have successfully applied the Apple development process and have found that it really supports teams working to produce high quality reliable products.
Skills [years]
Team building and leadership [2]; Wi-Fi [10+], Bluetooth [8+] & RF Measurement[10+]; Bonjour Service Discovery [6]; OS X, BSD, Linux & Solaris [10+]; User Interface & Usability Design [10+]; Object Oriented Analysis & Design [10+]; Threading, Concurrency and Performance & Tuning [10+]; XML, CSS, HTML & HTTP [10+]; Tech Writing, Specifications & Design Patterns [10+]; Objective-C & Cocoa [10+]; Web Cloud Service Architecture [6]; Java [6]; Perl, Python, JavaScript, Shell etc. [5]
Résumé
Instigator, iStumbler
iStumbler, San Francisco
April 2014 - Present
Launched iStumbler Release 100 as a commercial product, with an integrated store and more than 100 new features and bug fixes.
Hacked together and released Orange Card, a free Utility for Mac OS X.
Appeared on Mac Geek Gab with Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun to discuss Wi-Fi, including this one weird tip that will improve Wi-Fi reception.
Manager, Mobile Applications
Ruckus Wireless Inc., Sunnyvale
September 2012 - April 2014
Built the Ruckus Mobile Applications suite from a set of small demonstration apps into a cross platform enterprise wireless management toolset. Analyzed requirements, produced design proposals, estimated, scheduled and managed implementation of multiple mobile and embedded app programs for embedded, iOS and Android devices.
Evaluated contract service providers, negotiated contracts for both individual contributors and multi-year high value development service providers. Recruited, managed and developed technical staff including multiple Sr. Mobile Application Developers, Jr. Application Developers, Interns and contractors. Attended and hosted multiple daily calls and meetings with staff, offshore developers and remote offices.
Delivered ZoneDiretor Remote Control, triaged launch bugs, coordinated with quality assurance, marketing and controller teams to deliver an industry leading Mobile app for monitoring the Ruckus ZoneDirector Controller.
Specified, designed and managed implementation of the Ruckus SmartWay Bonjour Gateway, which is integrated into the ZoneDirector Controller. SmartWay allows administrators to selectively proxy Multicast DNS Service Discovery messages from one VLAN to another, in order to provide excellent user experience for applications which utilize Bonjour.
Designed, specified and managed development of Location Based Services provisioning tools, SPoT. Worked with newly acquired company to integrate their indoor position calibration application into our mobile apps portfolio and deliver excellent user experience for system implementors.
Managed development of a rapid Wi-Fi provisioning tool, Ruckus SWIPE which integrates into the Ruckus Carrier and Cloud management systems.
AirPort Software Engineer
Apple Inc., Cupertino
April 2007 - July 2012
Responsible for Wi-Fi User Experience on OS X from Snow Leopard (10.6) through Mountain Lion (10.8). Implemented improvements in feedback during network selection and connection processes, designed and implemented Wi-Fi Diagnostics to provide detailed diagnostic information to assist in debugging complex connectivity issues.
Worked closely with multiple teams: Wireless Hardware Engineering, Apple Care Support Teams, CoreOS Networking & Mac Applications. Developed software deployed in factory to improve RF testing process, analyzed support issues to identify areas in which the user experience needed improvements, coordinated development of diagnostic tools & provided supporting frameworks for wireless device management.
Managed multiple projects: Wi-Fi Diagnostics, Network Utility & several internal frameworks. Learned and implemented the Apple Development Process to manage priorities and release schedules; gathered requirements from customers, created brief white-papers and demos for reviews, developed implementation plans & schedules once approved, lead implementation and track schedule, progress, testing & bugs.
Mac OS Development Lead
imeem.com, San Francisco
October 2006 - March 2007
Proposed, specified and developed a desktop media player which used web services to populate its library of music, video and photos for full screen, remote-driven, presentation. Leveraged open-source technology to speed development while contributing new features back to the community. Personally demoed the product to an excited audience at Mac World 2007.
Lead a small team to maintain a hybrid Cocoa/C# messaging and social networking client for a media sharing & community startup. Added upload features with integration into iLife Suite for easy posting of photos and movies to the imeem.com web site.
Open Source Developer & Consultant
January 2001 - October 2006
Developed Desk Lamp for OS X, currently in stasis Desk Lamp is a flexible desktop search tool which focuses the power of Apple's Spotlight search engine on your documents, projects and work flows. http://desklampapp.com
Designed, implemented and published iStumbler for Mac OS X. iStumbler is the leading wireless discovery tool for Mac OS X, providing free and open source tools for finding AirPort networks, Bluetooth devices, Bonjour services, and GPS locations with your Mac. http://istumbler.net/
Built and installed the first four radios for SFLAN, a project aimed at creating a member owned and maintained city-wide wireless network using long distance 802.11b links, and embedded linux systems. http://sflan.com/
Server Software
LightSurf, Santa Cruz
March 2000 - December 2000
Played principal architect and technical lead for the LightSurf Media Application Hosting Platform, which manages photos, associated meta-data, user accounts, sharing, e-commerce and fulfillment. The platform had a web based API for easy integration into existing systems.
Coordinated local and offshore development groups implementing Media Application Hosting Platform. Developed persistence API, supporting documentation and implementation requirements for powering the Kodak Picture Center Online.
Consulting Web Developer
NextCard, San Francisco
December 1999 - March 2000
Developed Administrative Tool kit allowing business owners to manage customer accounts, alter pricing strategies on the fly and provide real- time customer service and graphical reporting.
Internet Applications Technical Lead
Microsoft bCentral, San Francisco
November 1998 - September 1999
Provided architecture and technical leadership in a small team working on an application using mod_perl and Apache on FreeBSD systems.
Software Engineer, Build Master, Quality Assurance Engineer
Perspecta, San Francisco
July 1997 - November 1998
Prototyped a user interface for editing a complex database modeling of conceptual and ontological relationships between keywords.
Developed an integrated cross platform build and install system for java server applications similar to ANT using Perl and XML.