Why do you want to join the ALM Rangers?

I want to contribute to some of the helpful tools/processes I’ve used over the years. Plus I feel like the more involved I am on projects the more I will learn why certain decisions and directions were taken.

Who are you?

A book reading/computing loving/movie buff nerd. I’ve been in the software development world in one capacity or another for over 10 years. I started out doing development work and really enjoyed it. As I progressed I started to really study and explore the other aspects of the SDLC. I thought that writing code was the end of the process…boy was I wrong. As I started moving to other companies I noticed that oftentimes the Build/Deploy/Test cycle did not get its due. It was something done because you “have to”. The more I learned about this aspect of developing the more excited I got. I’ve felt like being in the ALM world ever since is something I “get to do”. I don’t take it for granted and enjoying meeting challenges with a wide variety of skills.

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What makes you “tick”?

It’s probably cliché but my family. Without my wife and two wonderful kids I would be lost and in a far different place I am sure. I feel truly blessed to have a great and supportive family and a career I am truly passionate about. Oh…and pizza.

Where you live?

I live in Atlanta Ga, former FL lifelong resident. The traffic sucks and there is no real “beaches” but it’s a great place to live and work.

Why are you active in the Rangers program?

I am not currently active in the Ranger program but I want to be. I would love to work with my peers and learn everything I can in order to become a better consultant and person. I’ve had the honor of working with some high-caliber folks and it has made me grow professionally. Plus I want an awesome T-Shirt if we’re being honest.

What is the best Rangers project you worked in and why?

I’ve never worked on a Rangers project but I have used the TFS Integration Platform and the Branching/Merging Guide. One of these was very helpful and one of my “go to” resources. The other was an….interesting experience.