Introducing the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Lars Roith

This post is part of an ongoing series of Rangers introductions. See An index to all Rangers covered on this blog for more details.

Who are you?

My name is Lars Roith and my colleagues and I support customers in achieving their goals in software development projects. In order to do so we deliver ALM services, development support or even complete outsourced development with our teams and partners across Europe. Beside that I’m responsible for one of our nuggets: The AIT Task Board

What makes you tick?

I like to be challenged and I like to challenge others in order to get the best solution possible. And  I’m feeling somewhat proud about the solutions  I was allowed to deliver with and for my customers. We only changed small bits and bytes but the final solutions form parts of the world around us. It’s really amazing when you look up from your desk through the window to the outside and recognize that you helped a little to make some of things around you a little better. And there’s plenty of stuff influenced in some way by software we delivered: the windows, the cars, the buildings and their automation,…

Where you live?

I live near Stuttgart during normal days. The other days I’m mostly somewhere else in Germany ;o)

Where is the place you call home?

After living for nearly 10 years in Stuttgart now I call this place home, but I have also still strong relations to the  town where I grew up: Nossen/Saxony. I really like to remember the days when we lived in the castle, my room was oval, had walls about 3.5m high and nearly 70cm thick and my friends and I played in the dungeons…

Why are you active in the Rangers program?

I believe it’s sometimes quite hard to free your mind from the product you are working on and ask yourself: What do my users really need. I hope to provide some parts of the answer by providing my experience in and feedback from the field and thus making the Ranger nuggets and maybe upcoming product features even better.

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

It’s hard to name the BEST project. I had the chance to review quite some of the Ranger’s work the AIT TeamSystemPro Team supported and so the BEST really depends on the situation you are in. I liked the Integration platform because it already helped me moving data from team project to team project. I also like the architecture tooling guide. And right now I’m very keen to see what Wall of Scrum and the Word Plug-in will allow us to do.

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