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I am a manager at Sallie Mae, helping lead a SAFe Agile transformation as a leader for quality.
I lead fellow engineers, folks at local quality meetups and I present at national conferences.
In the last three years my skill set has shifted. As a passionate developer I've reached a point where my greatest reward is teaching and inspiring those around me as well as working with other senior engineers to solve fun challenging problems
I am a constant learner and in 2018 the focus has been more on books such as "Seat at the Table", "Devops Handbook", "Lean Startup", "The Agility Shift", "Leading the Tranfsormation", "Infrastructure as Code" and more.
My preferred technologies for UI Automation are Ruby, RSpec and Selenium through Capybara.
I have a passion for new technology and using it to provide users with practical solutions to their needs.
I'm also a Stack Overflow fan as I enjoy learning and sharing knowlede, plus I also spend quality time on Software Quality Asurance and Testing.
Though I consider myself a proud geek, my friends, colleagues and co-workers tell me that my greatest asset is my attitude and proven experience by working well with both technical and business users and understanding the needs of each.
To provide users with useful and innovative solutions.
To learn from others while sharing my own extensive knowledge, skills and experience.
To do the above in a fun, relaxed, environment, focused on the work with no big egos.
Stack Overflow: http://stackoverflow.com/users/631619/michael-durrant
June 2017 - current Sallie Mae, Newton MA / Indianapolis IN
Manager, Data Architect and Agile Thought Leader
Working to help transform people, technology used and most of all culture.
As a manager and architect in the quality space I've become a huge advocate for a lean agile approach
Interviewed and hired 30 engineers, currently leading them to good practices
Constantly exploring better XP programming and collaboration methods, fan of code reviews
Using a new toolset for me - VSTS, Visual Studio and C# along with my open source favorites
June 2015 - May 2017 EverQuote, Cambridge MA
Manager and Senior Quality Engineer
Worked as the first Quality Engineering Manager, introducing best practices to Everquote.
Wrote automated tests at Functional UI levels using Ruby, RSpec, Capybara and Selenium.
Performing Manual and Exploratory testing.
Hiring and training junior engineers and interns (who tended to return).
Nov 2013 -June 2015 Zipcar, Boston MA
Senior Quality Engineer
Worked on a variety of Rails applications that are used for Car Sharing.
Created Unit, Integrated, Performance and Load regression tests and performed Manual and Exploratory testing using Ruby, RSpec, Capybara, Selenium and Site Prism.
Used Jira and Trello for issue tracking, Fisheye for code review and Jenkins for the CI environment.
Jul 2012 - Oct 2013 The District Management Council, Boston MA
Rails Developer & QA Specialist
Worked on a variety of Rails applications that help school districts manage their resources and schedule their staff for both General and Special Education.
Worked to develop new functionality and also to QA all development effort as the single QA engineer at the company.
Used jQuery, Rails versions 3.2.11 and tools such as git for the DVCS, Selenium and Rspec for testing and Pivotal Tracker for project tracking
Jan 2011 - Jul 2012 Boston Agile Partners, Cambridge MA
Worked on a variety of client (Rails) applications, from a Hospital Survey tool to a Salesforce assistant to a Real Estate application.
Worked to develop new functionality and convert poorly engineered applications to more standard RESTful simple code.
Using mostly jQuery and Rails versions 2.3.8, 2.3.11, 3.0.3, 3.1 and 3.2 and tools such as git for DVCS and Pivotal Tracker for project tracking
May 2003 - Jan 2009 Children's Hospital, Boston MA
Senior Business Intelligence Developer
Developed data extracts and reports for a large number of users and departments using
Business Objects, Crystal Reports with Oracle and SQL Server databases.
Used Cold Fusion to voluntarily write a 'Wikipedia' like "CDD" (Common Data Dictionary) internal application for the group with an Oracle backend.
Created a number of applications and reporting solutions in a number of different projects with a diverse cross-section of users and opinions,
often working behind the scenes to resolve key issues.
Ran a Data Quality Group with a variety of Hospital users at various management levels to identify and resolve complex Data Quality Issues.
I was headhunted into this position by a former colleague, as I wasn't looking for a new job at that time.
June 2002 - May 2003 Balanced Scorecard Collaborative, Lincoln
Created, modified and maintained Cold Fusion Applications using
Cold Fusion 5.0 and SQL server 2000. Designed and coded new Bug Tracking
application to track all bugs and enhancements.
Sep 2000 - October 2001 Brandstamp, Cambridge Innovations,
Created Oracle 8i PL/SQL based Cold Fusion Applications to merge
data and create email campaign applications.
2016 QA, QE and all things test related in Agile environments
2015 Read Agile Testing by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory
2014 Agile development workshoips with Steve Vance
2013 Passed Linux Certification at level I
2013 Rails TDD, Rspec and Capybara at Thoughtbot Workshop
2013 Python, Code Academy
2012 Code Year, Code Academy
2011 Rails best practices, Code School
2010 Ruby Group Meetups
2010 Personal Rails App 1-6 with Ubuntu and mySQL
2010 Switch to Linux(Ubuntu) from Windows (3 new machines, etc.)
Degree: B.Sc. (Hons) Business Information Technology Studies, Manchester
I am continually reading new books and learning new techniques and languages and I go to several local meetups each month.
I maintain a bookmarks library (A Rails app of course!) of scripts,
examples, code & organizations
Antique car restoration (1956 Buick), extreme
skiing, Bonsai cultivation, world travel, Ruby.