This post is part of an ongoing series of Rangers introductions. See Ranger Index (Who is Who?) for more details.
Who are you
I am currently a Program Manager 2 in the Visual Studio ALM Rangers team. I am also a creative person who has dev skills.
I started working for Microsoft in 2010, in the UK, where I was a UX dev consultant for 3½ years. I moved to Redmond, Seattle after accepting a Design Developer role in the Xbox One team, where I bridged the gap from design, research, and engineering, throughout the design process. I then moved to my current role as a Program Manager in the ALM Rangers team working alongside Willy. During most of my Microsoft life, I have been involved with the Rangers, moving from an associate to an active Ranger, becoming Ruck certified, and a Scrum Master to a Rangers PM.
Being a creative person, I have always enjoyed art and design since I can remember! My love for information technology first started when I was completing my A Levels in IT, and that’s when I knew that I could mix both my love for design and IT together. From there, I moved onto exploring how people use and work with information technology from all ages. Being a creative person, I also love to dance. I am a traditional Indian dancer, and have done many performances at big venues such as the Millennium Dome now known as the O2 centre.
What makes you “tick”
Making someone’s life ‘that much more’ easier.
Where do you live:
I currently live in Redmond, and the summers so far have been beautiful. The winter isn’t much different from where I used to live in London.
Where is the place you call home
Definitely my parents’ home. Nothing like home.
Why are you active in the ranger’s program
The Rangers program gives me the opportunity to share and to learn more about application lifecycle management. It also gives me the opportunity to meet new people and to reach out to others not only in Microsoft, but those outside – we are a great community.
What is the best rangers project you worked on and why
I joined the Rangers program late in 2011, and I have been involved in a variety of projects. The one that has been the best Rangers project, and my first, has to be the ALM Treasure Map, which has been brilliant. Being the UX’er in the team, I have been able to give my views on why some things would work better in a certain way than others. All Rangers projects are great!!