I’m Maik van der Gaag (@maikvandergaag) and a Architect / Trainer / Coach and I’m based in the Netherlands. I have more than 15 years’ experience in programming software with a lot of experience in the ALM and DevOps side of things.

Why do you want to join the Rangers?

During my day to day work I love to coach colleagues and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with the community by presenting and writing articles on my blog (https://msftplayground.com). By joining the ALM | DevOps rangers I hope to extend the way on how I share my knowledge, use my knowledge to support the ALM rangers community and try to reach more people and teams to help them achieve their goals.

What makes you “tick”?

New and innovative challenges make me tick. I love to be challenged in everything I do. I also coach a soccer team and I challenge myself to make them better and let them have fun in playing the game. During my day to day work I do exactly that, I love coaching co-workers, but I also expect the best possible thing not only in their project but also in my own projects.

Where you live?

I currently live in Vlaardingen in the Netherlands with my girlfriend Charlotte and my three kids.

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

I haven’t been working on a specific ranger project yet but hope doing so. For myself I have been working on an Azure DevOps extension called “Power BI Actions” and I am actively developing a new release.