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10 Questions with Winston Y., Shipt Quality Assurance Engineer

From shoppers to members to engineers, marketers, and our shopper appreciation team, it’s the people who make Shipt, Shipt. In this series, we get to know the members of our diverse community, from their favorite meal to share with family to their proudest work moments.

Communication is key and luckily technology is able to bring us closer than ever. But in order to keep that communication running smoothly on technology platforms, we need people like Winston: a quality assurance engineer for Shipt. The Shipt app helps you choose your store, your entire grocery list, pairs you with a Shopper, and allows that Shopper to find their way to your door all through one app. Winston works hard to make sure the app is in tip-top shape to make it easy for both the members and the Shoppers. Keep reading to learn about what excites Winston about his job and his dream Shipt delivery.

1. What does your typical day look like?

I start my day with an English breakfast tea. After breakfast, I ride my bike into work (I ride 3-4 days out of the week). When I arrive at my desk I catch up on messages in Slack. I then check for any bugs that may have been reported with our app during the night. If there are any, I triage them by figuring out the cause and severity of the issue. I then focus on testing new features or changes in our app that are related to the projects I am on. I have a crew meeting at 11:30am where we give updates on what we have been working on or have accomplished in the past day. After lunch, I continue testing new features and make changes if needed. Testing may last through the rest of the day if there is a lot to test. If there is no other testing needed, I then set upon developing automation to test our app and website. This will sometimes involve a learning period so that I can write better programs to test our app.  

2. What excites you most about your job?

What excites me most about my job is a tie between the opportunity to learn new skills and having a direct impact on something larger than myself.

3. What’s your favorite meal to make for or enjoy with your family?

My favorite meal to cook with my family would have to be pork that is slow cooked in a crockpot and then broiled in an oven. Throw some white bbq sauce and some Dixie Pig Sauce on that and you will be in heaven. The Dixie Pig is a BBQ place in Blytheville, Arkansas where my mom is from.

4. You’re making a PB&J. White or wheat? Crunchy or creamy? Strawberry or grape jelly? Any wacky ingredients on top (bacon, pickles, etc.)?

Wheat unless I can get a hold of sourdough. Creamy. Grape but I would be fine with strawberry. In regards to wacky ingredients: It’s a PB&J, not a PB&J&etc.

5. What’s always on your grocery list?

Great Grains Banana Nut Crunch Cereal is a staple on my grocery list.

6. If you could deliver groceries to anyone in the world, who would it be?

It’s been said that you should never meet your hero. A nonspecific person I would love to deliver to is a member on North Captiva Island. North Captiva is an island off of Florida’s western coast near Cape Coral. We do somewhat provide delivery to the island despite it being surrounded by water with no bridges. Our shoppers drop off the delivery with one of a few ferry companies that then delivers it to the island. I would love to complete the delivery all the way to the member’s door. If you are forcing me to pick someone who I would deliver to, I would like to deliver to Adam Savage (formerly the co-host of Mythbusters, now Tested).

7. What’s the last book you read?

The last book I completely read was “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green. I am currently reading “Clean Code” by Robert Cecil Martin.

8. What is your secret weapon?

My secret weapon is probably hard work. I am a firm believer that talent has very little to do with success and that putting in the work is what makes the difference.

9. What’s your favorite Shipt memory?

My favorite Shipt memory would have to be the day in early 2015 that Bill Smith (CEO) told me and a few others that we were transitioning to grocery delivery. The opportunity to be there at the beginning with a small group of people just blows my mind when I think about it. I feel so lucky to have been in the right place at the right time and am extremely thankful to all of the people that helped me get there.

10. Complete this sentence: I love working at Shipt because….

…I love being a part of something much larger than myself and seeing the amazing things that we can make happen as a group!

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