About

Who are you? V__374Eabel_big

I started my software career at Compaq Computers in the 90’s.  By 2006, I worked in a variety of companies and also founded and sold my own software company.  After selling the company, this allowed me the flexibility to really explore, experiment and do what I really wanted to do. I was extremely curious with why most of the software projects that I was involved in have failed.  And by fail, I mean, they ran over budget, over time, riddled with bugs, not quite what the client wanted (even though all specs were followed) etc.  The easy answer was to say it was the Developers fault.  Except often times, the same core group of devs would be involved and some projects would fail and some would succeed.  My conclusion was that process played an important part in the success of a project.  This started my journey in ALM and software development processes. For the next seven years, I worked at Notion Solutions as a Process Consultant where I helped customers implement ALM using Microsoft tools, namely Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server.  After Notion, it was a logical step to join Microsoft as a Sr. Consultant for Premier Developers specializing in ALM and App Dev.

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There are three things that make me tick.  My family, writing code and music.  I was born into a computer science family.  My mom was a Computer Science professor at Purdue University and ever since I can remember, I’ve been making the computer do things with code.  My running joke is if I won the lottery, I would still be writing code.  Probably not for a specific company, but I would be writing code just because that is what I love to do.  My other passion is music.  I am a classically trained violinist and an avid guitarist.  Music makes my soul happy.  And finally, nothing is more important than my family.  My wife and two children really define who and what I am and why I do everything that I do.

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing your DevOps Nirvana series. I just finished 2/5 and am really looking forward to seeing the rest. I was looking for some good source material on DevOps to share with my clients, so your walkthrough is perfect.

    BTW, I was also intrigued by your URL. I’m not quite sure what “Abel Squid Head” means (excepting, of course, the Abel part) but I thought I’d share a squid-focused post from my own blog: https://squideyes.com/2013/02/26/squids-dont-have-lids/

    Again, thank you! Keep up the good work….

    • abel

      Part 3 and 4 should be coming saturday. SquidHead… long story… I was young… alcohol may or may not have been involved… and now the name kind of stuck :) Love your squid related article!

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