JT Archie #
I’m a full-stack engineer and tech lead with experience in hiring, building, and
mentoring product teams, enabling the successful delivery of applications
serving single users to millions. I’ve learned that problem-solving,
communication, and collaboration can be as important as technology.
Technical Skills #
- Frameworks & Libraries: Ruby On Rails (12 years), Nest.js (3 years)
- Databases: PostgreSQL (10 years), SQLite (8 years) MySQL (5 years)
- Cloud & DevOps: CI/CD, AWS (10 years), GCP (8 years)
- Concepts & Methodologies: Pair Programming, Test Driven Development (TDD)
Professional Experience #
Saber Consulting Coach Denver, CO Dec. 2022 - Present #
- Provided expert advice to help clients convert their legacy CAD models to
Jupyter Notebooks to ensure the ability to use new tooling and share
- Conducted one-on-one with clients to provide insight on improving their
technical knowledge to level up their careers.
- Technologies: Ruby on Rails, Typescript, NextJS, NestJS, Neptune, GraphQL,
React, MongoDB, ECS
- Supervised a group of 8+ engineers in the creation and execution of user
journey enhancements throughout the Realtor suite of websites, employing
advanced NestJS, GraphQL, AWS Neptune Graph, and Typescript technologies to
enhance multi-site user experience.
- Coordinated with stakeholders such as Front-End Development and Mobile (iOS &
Android) teams and the Director of Engineering for Personalization Enablement
to develop and implement quarterly project objectives, prioritize
functionalities, set technical standards, and guarantee seamless integration
across Realtor websites.
- Pioneering a practical testing framework, I ensured the optimal utilization of
AWS Lambda at Edge, enabling faster developer feedback loops by allowing local
- Successfully leading the scaling of a critical application, I implemented
advanced load balancing strategies, resulting in its capability to handle over
150,000 requests per minute. This initiative reduced infrastructure expenses
by 10% and significantly decreased the failure rate by 45%.
- Identified and achieved the strategic termination of outdated applications and
coordinated with internal teams, saving the company $600k annually on
- Comprehensively assessing and defining technical requirements, I strategically
analyzed the legacy user login experience application with a build versus buy
decision. Leveraging metrics such as cost and time to release, I effectively
presented the information in a consumable manner to leadership, enabling
informed decision-making to purchase externally.
- Proactively mentoring team members with one-on-one sessions, I facilitated
their career progression, resulting in four individuals attaining
well-deserved promotions within a year of our collaboration.
- Technologies: Ruby on Rails, Kubernetes
- Participated in the technical effort by spearheading the core backend team as
Technical Lead, meticulously crafting and perfecting the GraphQL API utilizing
Ruby on Rails.
- Dramatically decreased the rendering duration of developer documentation by a
factor of 20, implementing innovative caching techniques to guarantee a fluid
and intuitive user experience.
- Technologies: Go, Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry, AWS, GCP, Azure
- Rejoined Pivotal as Tech Lead following its acquisition by VMware (purchased
Pivotal), significantly impacting the company’s technological direction and
taking decisive actions to fulfill responsibilities.
- Formulated CI/CD processes to automate security updates, produce release
notes, and facilitate same-day release, ensuring rapid application security
measures and speeding-up platform distribution from 3 days to 15 minutes.
- Engaged with the leadership team to provide expertise on latest best practices
& technologies and recommendations on potential process improvement.
- Presented to stakeholders with product and design, leveraging storytelling and
adapting messages to specific audiences for understanding and alignment with
Pivotal Cloud Foundry Staff Engineer Denver, CO Dec. 2014 - Jan. 2020 #
- Technologies: Go, Cloud Foundry, AWS, GCP, OpenStack, Azure
- Assisted various groups and components within the Cloud Foundry Platform,
employing expertise in Golang and demonstrating adaptability with Ruby,
Python, Java, and Bash, while working closely with cross-functional teams to
ensure the delivery of high-caliber software.
- Championed several endeavors to retire products by counseling clients on
suitable alternatives and managing their migration, which contributed to
seamless transitions. Cooperated with clients to comprehend their objectives
and requirements, and guided them in successfully adopting new products.
- Employed CI/CD for constructing pipelines essential for automation tooling in
numerous projects, resulting in streamlined operations and stabilized
processes and releases.
- Revitalized a team in their software release cycle by implementing a
comprehensive set of measures, including the establishment of robust testing
environments, automation of release cycles, and enforcement of code best
practices. As a result, the team transitioned from consistently delivering
last to achieving first place in the platform release cycle.
- Incorporated Pivotal’s methodologies for pairing and test-driven development
(TDD) to instruct junior engineers across a multitude of projects, fostering
their growth as proficient team members and promoting the production of
superior, stable software with a decrease in defect rates.
- Offered technical guidance and support to enable team expansion and success,
contributing to an increase in overall team productivity.
Pivotal Labs Software Engineer New York, NY May 2010 - Feb. 2014 #
- Adapting to 9+ projects as a consultant, swiftly changing technology stacks,
diverse business domains, and ambiguous product requirements. Rapidly
acquiring and applying new technologies, I contributed to successful product
- Actively promoted Pivotal Labs’ strong culture of pair programming,
test-driven development, and agile development practices to all projects.
Advocated for agile methodologies and fostered a collaborative environment to
support team success.
Context Optional Software Engineer SF, CA Aug. 2008 - Jan. 2010 #
- Technologies: Ruby On Rails
- Developed robust social media applications using Ruby on Rails and MySQL,
catering to millions of users across Facebook and OpenSocial platforms, while
diligently addressing software issues and adhering to architectural
Chumby Industries Software Engineer San Diego, CA Feb. 2007 - Aug. 2008 #
- Technologies: Ruby On Rails
construct a multifaceted network of websites encompassing community,
e-commerce, and marketing applications.
Soapbox Mobile Software Engineer San Diego, CA Jan. 2006 - Jan. 2007 #
- Developed sophisticated SMS marketing applications employing WAP, SMS
protocol, and PHP in collaboration with an agile team of engineers for
expedited deployment and testing.
- University of Miami with Bachelor and Master of Science in Computer