About

Hi! 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 5 years now, including at two pioneers of the remote industry: 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. I believe that being remote does not have to mean that you are isolated or disconnected from your team; you are physically distant, but socially connected.

I lead through compassion, empathy, and believe in servant leadership.

When I'm not at my desk working or writing this blog, I enjoy playing hockey, watching a good movie, but most importantly, spending time with my lovely wife and five amazing kids.

For opportunities, questions, or just fun talk, I can be reached at wissam@designingforscale.com.

Current Focus


GitHub

I am currently a Senior Engineering Manager at GitHub, where I get to work on the API team and help bring industry-leading APIs to developers around the world.

Previous Noteworthy Work


InVision

I was an Engineering Manager at InVision, where I got to focus on scaling products and building all-star teams.

It was extremely humbling to get to work with such an amazingly talented team on a product that affects hundreds of millions of people. InVision is used to design and prototype apps by some of the most popular companies in the world, which end up affecting most of our lives on a day-to-day basis.

My team was in charge of several tier-1 services that are at the core of InVision's microservice architecture. These are critical services that every other service depends on — directly or not — and we put a lot of emphasis on scalability, performance, and reliability.


Frontdoor

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 thousands of 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.

Here are some articles that talk about Frontdoor's goals and challenges:


Ionic Montreal

Co-organizer of the Ionic Montreal meetup group.