Agileista

Levent Ali Agile Software Technologist

I am a problem solver and advocate of simplicity and self-organisation.

I have 15 years experience managing, building and leading technical teams and creating internet products for early stage startups and public companies.

With ten years Scrum experience under my belt, I dedicated my full attention to being a Scrum Master (CSM) and informal Agile Coach for Xively under a time of rapid change across LogMeIn. As Director of Engineering Operations, I focussed my efforts on bettering myself as a Scrum Master and coach. I love helping companies grow and work as genuine teams.

Prior to this, I was Pachube’s lead developer. I helped grow the team and instil agile processes and engineering practices. Together we designed, built and maintained what was the primary IoT network for sensors, devices and their data. LogMeIn acquired Pachube in July 2011.

One of our proudest technical achievements was migrating our datapoint storage API from PostgreSQL behind a Rails app to a Cassandra backed Clojure API, whilst maintaining hundreds of writes per second and not disrupting our users.

I am still an active open-source contributor and the maintainer of Agileista.

If I had to choose, I’d say I specialise in Agile Software Development for the web.

I have professional expertise with the following buzzwords: Cassandra, Clojure, front-end development, microservices, open-source software, PostgreSQL, Ruby, Scrum, and XP.

I am currently spending a lot of time in Xcode writing Swift.


Contact me if you need

  • A Part-time CTO to get the best out of your early-stage startup
  • A Scrum Master or Agile Coach for your team
  • Web Application Development

levent@purebreeze.com


Recent work

LogMeIn

Migrated xively.com to personal.xively.com. This work was predominantly updating puppet manifests, nginx configuration and implementing the new site designs in Jekyll and Rails.

New England Biolabs

Helping LogMeIn build and design an IoT solution for New England Biolabs’ self-service enzyme freezers. My focus is to bring stability and resilience to the various software components including the cloud api, tablet user interface and hardware interaction layer on the freezers. Here is a case study and video of their product.

Mobile music application

I am currently architecting and developing a music social network and iOS app with a group of talented freelancers for a startup still in stealth-mode.

Curators Coffee

Designed and developed their website, class booking system and I manage their IT infrastructure.

Curators Coffee recently helped Square launch their global free register system and has been featured on their blog.

Please visit my LinkedIn profile for more.


A bit more about me

Me

I am married to Catherine Seay, co-founder of Curators Coffee.

I have lived in the desert, on top of a mountain and now call London home. Once upon a time I worked as a portrait photographer. I don’t ride the tube because I am obsessed with cars, motorbikes and bicycles.

I can be found on Twitter as @lebreeze or via email at [email protected].