Alf Orion Watt
Design and develop superlative user-facing products with a focus on wireless connectivity.
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.
Team building and leadership ;
Wi-Fi [10+], Bluetooth [8+] & RF Measurement[10+];
Bonjour Service Discovery ;
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 ;
, 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.
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
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
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
. 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,
which integrates into the Ruckus Carrier and Cloud management systems.
AirPort Software Engineer
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
, 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.
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.
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.
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.