I live in the extreme north of the continental United States with my wife, our dog, and two cats. In my spare time I like to read, garden, hike, bike, cook, program, and play video games. I also like to learn about new software, technologies, frameworks, design patterns, methodologies and philosophies. I periodically try to learn to play the piano or guitar, with varying but limited success. I love to solve problems, listen to music, experience wildlife, and collect information!
I enjoy leading and participating in software development project management, design and implementation. I work at a university; I spend most of my software development time on projects specific to higher education and research. I do not work with ‘cutting edge’ stuff, but my software is used by a lot of people to help provide higher education, and I get to have a great impact on our SDLC and related processes. Specifically, much current work involves maintaining and redesigning our various IDM systems, integrating them with other systems (both internal and 3rd party), and developing our burgeoning SDLC policies. I have been developing and implementing change management policies and developing SDLC related training courses for our organization (e.g. “hello, git!”, “the CM way to modify configuration files”).
I feel that I am in a unique position to have a large and positive impact on the university (especially with respect to the software running in it’s guts), and I am gaining valuable experience, so I am not in a hurry to leave. Eventually (a couple/few years), I may like to move somewhere closer to more developers, and to experience working with them. I’m interested in most aspects of software design, development and project management; hopefully I will not have too much trouble finding a nice fit, once I am ready to leave my current position.
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