Introducing the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Martin Hinshelwood

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?

My Name is Martin Hinshelwood and I am a Solution Architect at SSW, one of three Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP in the UK and I have over 9 years’ experience in the software industry. I regularly write on my ALM blog, have many articles published on Code Project and I moderate on the Microsoft forums. I work with technologies like Team Foundation Server, Scrum, WPF, Silverlight, SharePoint, VB.NET, C#, WCF and ASP.NET. Really if it is a Microsoft technology I am usually all over it :)

This year I have spoken at DDD Scotland, one of the top events in the UK along with a number of User Groups across UK and Europe. I am involved in the Professional Scrum Developer course which is very exciting as it hopes to improve the efficiency of teams, especially scrum teams. I aim to continue improve the engineering practices of development teams in the UK and Europe.

A picture of me hanging out with a couple of RD’s relaxing.

What makes you “tick”?

I love solving problems, especially problems in and around Team Foundation Server. I was involved in TFS early on and it has been a love hate relationship at times.  I have a number of mostly active open source projects on Codeplex and I try to keep them up to date, but my job at SSW and my family keep me very busy. One of the reason I think I like software so much is the amount of Sci-Fi I have read and watched. The concepts and technologies of the future have always interested me to the point of envy and as we move closer to the dream of a connected world I can feel my excitement for software and integration grow.

Where you live?

I live in Glasgow, Scotland where the only things you need on a sunny day are shorts, t-shirt and an umbrella.

Sunny Glasgow at its best …

Where is the place you call home?

I have always lived in Glasgow where I have a lovely home with my Wife Jadie and two children, Evangelina and Kaiden.

Why are you active in the Rangers program?

When you encounter a problem when working with clients that is because of something that really should be in a product and isn’t then there are two schools of though. Raise it with Microsoft and expect them to build it or get your finger out and build it yourself. I like to think I am in the second category and I like tinkering and making things work. The advantages to doing this within the Ranger program are incalculable as your get help and support from within the product teams and the extended Ranger community.

What is the best Rangers project you worked in and why?

I am new to the ranger program and I hope that the requests for projects I have added to the vote are successful and I can help take them to fruition. Recently in my client engagements I have had cause to use many of the ranger projects including the Branching and Visual Studio guidance and more technical involvement with the TFS Integration Platform. I think the term that most sums up my involvement is tinkerer. I like to pull apart products and figure out how they work to better understand them and to offer advice and direction that I think will make the product better. If this involves firing up Visual Studio and doing some coding then all the better.