I'm Ian Goodsell, a software developer who is currently creating internal developer productivity tools for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. I was formerly one of the developers at Compuware's NuMega Lab in New Hampshire, working on DevPartner Security Checker, an award-winning ASP.NET security analysis tool and DevPartner Studio  as a developer working on automated software quality tools. I worked for Compuware from 1998-2007, working in Technical Support and Quality Assurance for BoundsChecker prior to moving into a development role. I've also acted as a CMM auditor, conducted a webcast on code quality, and made large contributions to teams that created some of Compuware's CMMI and Business Continuity processes.

 Prior to my life in hi-tech:

  • I was a product manager at The Danbury Mint, where I was part of a team which developed and marketed die-cast truck replicas. Note: this is the best cocktail party job you will ever have. My experience was that everyone wanted to hear more about what I did for a living. In a nutshell, I was paid to create and play with models. When I was growing up, I loved building and playing with models. (I didn't tell my manager, but the kid in me would have paid them for that job). Do what you love, and you'll love what you do.

  • I was a sales representative for a consulting firm which sold litigation research services to trial attorneys in Manhattan. This was incredibly challenging on a number of levels, especially getting someone who charges his clients in 15-minute increments to talk to you for more than 30 seconds.

  • I worked for a number of years in college as a conference producer. Kids, this is a great college job since you get paid to travel all over the country. Thanks to that experience, I eventually ended up in the Boston area as a marketing manager for a firm which produced trade shows for the health care industry.

But enough about work.

I've worked with Tom Silva repairing walls in my kitchen on Ask This Old House, left a number of large divots on the 14-17th fairways at Pebble Beach (sorry about that), dug a trench for a french drain in the middle of a heat wave, lucked into tickets for game 5 of the 2004 Red Sox-Yankees ALCS, and built my own digital video recorder using an old Pentium 4 that is the envy of all my friends. I rooted for the New England Patriots when they were 1-15, and believe Pat's Steaks are the best in Philly. I also love being a dad.

There's a book in me, I know it. In the meantime, be sure to check out my blog to get updated on my latest adventures.

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