Get to know the brain behind the technology.
Last month, we introduced you to Julie, one of our many customer support agents, so you could get to know the people you’ll be speaking with should you ever need support with your Sensi™ Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat. Our development team is just as large and just as crucial in ensuring that you have the ultimate home comfort experience. They are the folks who are constantly tweaking the technology to provide the best user experience, who are behind the scenes coding feature upgrades like Keypad Lockout, and who ensuring your Sensi thermostat can communicate with third parties for integration into home automation devices.
In this blog series, we’ll introduce you to some of our developers, so you can get to know the brains behind the technology.
Meet Andrew, Senior Software Systems Engineer
When he’s not experimenting with new technologies, Andrew, our Senior Software Systems Engineer, enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking and playing golf. This former Colorado resident also loves to “shred the gnar” with friends. (That’s snowboarding to the rest of us.)
Meet Joe, Software Solutions Manager
Joe and his wife are big DIYers and love tackling home projects together. When he’s not reading “Entrepreneur” or other tech magazines and blogs, Joe likes to go bike riding with his wife and two wonderful sons.
Meet Scott, Technical Product Manager
Scott is married with three grown children, and is also a big outdoorsman. He enjoys archery and target pistol shooting, and also loves to hike and bike the rural Missouri trails with his family.
Describe a typical day at work.
“When I first arrive at work, our entire team has a quick meeting called a Stand Up so that we can easily share what has been accomplished and what needs to be done. Then we split into pairs. I am normally paired with a Junior Software Engineer so I am focused on teaching him and getting our stories (projects with a specified unit of desired functionality) completed. When I’m not working on bringing the next big feature to our customers, I am focusing on learning new technologies to enhance our current product.” – Andrew
“As manager of software solutions, I work with our product owners to plan and prioritize our workload. I also jump in with the development team to work stories and liaison with our product managers and marketing teams to find other opportunities to expand our market share through automation platforms like the Wink Smart Home Platform. To be able to use their thermostat with the automation platform of their choice is a great benefit to our customers.” – Joe
“My typical day starts by checking the status of the API, ensuring that it’s up and communicating with our partners, and answering any technical support queries. I work closely with both the business development team and the development team to make sure that the API is meeting everyone’s needs. I also help to onboard new API program partners to learn about their different programs and advise on how Sensi thermostat can help them and their customers to maximize efficiency and save energy. – Scott
What is your favorite thing about working on the Sensi Development Team?
“It is always good to see how our team is constantly adapting to the new technologies and challenges made available to us.”- Andrew
“My favorite thing about working on the dev team is being able to walk into the store and show friends and family the Sensi thermostat that I helped build.” – Joe
“We have an incredibly diverse team of developers that can work on virtually any platform or language. From iOS and Android mobile development to cloud services and all types of contemporary web-based technologies. Our developers can program in virtually any language and on virtually any platform. That makes us very well-rounded and able to respond to changing business requirements with the latest technology.” – Scott
What is your favorite feature on the Sensi thermostat?
“No need for a C-wire.” – Andrew
“Sensi thermostat works with Wink!”- Joe
“If my HVAC system has a problem, the Sensi application will email me about the loss of cooling or heating in plenty of time for me to correct the problem.”- Scott