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 you are?
James Pickell … senior consultant, Microsoft.

What makes you “tick”?
I enjoy building software engineering systems that persist and adapt through product releases, management changes and staff turnover.

Where you live?
I live on Bainbridge Island, WA (just outside of Seattle) and call that my home too.

A photo from last month pretending to sneak up on Sasquatch.
That was a pretty special event.

Why are you active in the Rangers program?
The Rangers are the best option for identifying a best practice of an individual or team and surfacing that for use and improvement to the world. 

What is the best Rangers project you worked in and why?
Working on the TFS Branching Guide project was a fantastic experience.  Not only did I get to build on top great existing content, delivered from a previous Ranger project, but also got to work with some passionate folks from all around Microsoft.  Finally, seeing over 50k downloads of the final product was conformation that this work is urgently needed.