This post is part of an ongoing series of Rangers introductions. See Ranger Index (Who is Who?) for more details.
I'm a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer working in Australia supporting customers on TFS, ALM and general .NET development. I'm also a Certified Scrum Master and am planning to become a SAFe certified practitioner.
I've always had a passion for Microsoft software and I began my Career in 2001 as a .NET developer working with the first beta version of .NET 1.0. Since then I've been a tech lead, consultant, software architect working in a variety of private and public organisations. I joined Microsoft Global Business Support as a PFE back in October 2013 which was an exciting time as TFS 2013 was just launched.
What makes you “tick”?
Lots of things but work related what makes me tick? Being on the forefront of technology, knowing what's coming and sharing my knowledge with customers on more efficient ways to use technology to help them do their job. I love coaching teams to be more agile using the Visual Studio ALM platform. I'm currently spending more time in the DevOps space and really enjoy showing customers how they can mature their existing practices to a Modern ALM world.
In my personal time I enjoy sport - I coach the Ice Dragons Dragon Boat Racing Club (check out the Engineering Stories for a picture of what dragon boat is). I train at a local CrossFit box and compete when I can. My family (Sarah and our pup Charlie) enjoy relaxing watching TV shows, renovating our house and spending weekends away down at the beach.
Where you live?
I live down under in Australia's capital city, Canberra. It’s more of a large country down than a city which is 3 hours' drive south west of Sydney, 90 minutes from the beach and 2 hours from the snow. The only downside is that I'm not by the beach but that's something I hope to change.
Why are you active in the Rangers program?
I'm active in the ALM Rangers as I'm passionate about sharing ALM knowledge and best practices to my customers and the community and ever since I read my first Ranger guide, I've felt compelled to help out. I spend a lot of my time assisting customers transform to modern ALM practices including coaching on agile, Scrum and SAFe frameworks.
What is the best Rangers project you worked in and why?
I have not yet worked on a project, but I'm looking forward to it.