October 11, 2017

Backstage with the Digital Development Team

Backstage is a new series that profiles members of various teams across the Bell Media organization.

In the age of the Internet, mobile technology has had to exponentially adapt to the changing world around it. The rise in popularity of apps and their functionality advancements require constant care from teams of highly skilled experts. Most of us simply press update when these changes happen, but what we don’t realize is the hours of work and development that go into them.

At Bell Media, the team that takes care of their numerous apps is the Mobile Application Digital Development Team. Comprised of DevOps Architects, Developers and more, this team is always looking to improve on their already innovative technology. They constantly work in the background to ensure our mobile apps are the best they can be.

So, let’s take a peek backstage at four members of the Mobile Application Digital Development Team!


Bryan Bai

Title: DevOps Architect (Technologist)
Working at Bell Media since: May 2016
What do you do? Fun DevOps stuff! My goal is to deliver better services across the board by utilizing different tools and automation.
What is your favourite part of your job? I get the chance to work with different people from different departments all across the company.
What is the coolest part of your job? Every day I get to use new technology, and I get to keep my hands dirty by working directly with the tech.
What has been the most memorable moment in your job? I successfully on-boarded 6 different teams into JIRA service desk within 3 months!
What’s your life motto? A dream job turns what you are doing into part of your life.
What’re you currently listening to? https://www.arresteddevops.com/
What is one thing you can’t live without? wechat
If you were picked to do a TED Talk, other than what your current job is about, what would you speak about? Underwater photography.
What gets you out of bed in the morning? My daughter is an early bird who will wake up the whole house!
What is one morning ritual you can’t live without? Grinding beans to make fresh coffee.
What’s next on your travel bucket list? The Dominican Republic.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve bought for under 100 dollars? A collapsible charcoal BBQ grill – I am also a grill master!


Robyn Payne

Title: Digital Operations Manager
Working at Bell Media since: January 2016
What do you do? I help with the day to day operations of our team to ensure that our developers and Quality Assurance (QA) team members can do their best work. This includes helping with resource planning, equipment, and organizing learning opportunities, like lunch and learns.
What is your favourite part of your job? Continuous learning! I get to work on a wide variety of brands (CraveTV, TSN, TMN, and CTV to name a few) and with a very talented team of developers, who I’m constantly learning from.
What is the coolest part of your job? Definitely the toys. Our team gets all of the latest and greatest devices for testing our apps on.
What has been the most memorable moment in your job? Our team recently developed Offline Download for TMN GO. The project involved every person on our team – from developers to DevOps to QA – so it was incredibly satisfying to see the project launch and to celebrate the launch together as a team.
What’re you currently listening to? Piano Chill Playlist on Apple Music. I usually listen to classical in the morning to help me focus, and by the afternoon I usually switch it up to something more upbeat to perk me up.
What’s next on your travel bucket list? Vancouver Island to visit my brother and his family, my 7-year old niece and 10-year old nephew!
What’s the coolest thing you’ve bought for under 100 dollars? My kachula 2.0 blanket! It’s great for traveling and can be used as a blanket, poncho or a pillow. Plus, it has a secret pocket!


Matthew Crooke

Title: Application Developer
Working at Bell Media since: November 2016
What do you do? I develop digital media applications for the Android platform.
What is your favourite part of your job? I get to work with the newest Android devices and technologies.
What is the coolest part of your job? Seeing people interact and enjoy the apps we publish!
What has been the most memorable moment in your job? When we launched offline download for TMN Go.
What’s your life motto? Put me in coach.
What’re you currently listening to? Post Malone – Stoney.
What is one thing you can’t live without? A strong Wi-Fi signal.
If you were picked to do a TED Talk other than what your current job is about, what would you speak about? The science behind why The Office truly ended on Season 7 Episode 22.
What gets you out of bed in the morning? Needing to take my little French bulldog Lola for a walk.
What is one morning ritual you can’t live without? Hot black coffee, one milk, stirred 2.5 seconds counter clockwise.
What’s next on your travel bucket list? I need to go check out Sweden.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve bought for under 100 dollars? A Steam link so I can stream video games from my PC to my television.


Won Jong Yoo

Title: Web Application Developer
Working Bell Media since: April 2014
What do you do? I am responsible for both the frontend and backend development of web based platforms.
What is your favourite part of your job? Writing code. It is like writing a novel.
What is the coolest part of your job? My role often needs not only programming knowledge but also server and network knowledge. This keeps my expertise up-to-date.
What has been the most memorable moment in your job? The first interview was the memorable moment when I met my manager and co-workers.
What’s your life motto? My grandfather used to tell me, “Do your best. Even if you fail, that is a try.”
What is one thing you can’t live without? Not a thing, but my wife.
What is one morning ritual you can’t live without? A cup of coffee!

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