My name is Ross Poulton. I'm 30, and I'm a problem solver.
I've got a pretty broad collection of interests: computers & IT, fatherhood, music, photography, and craft beer. I've written a little about some of those things below.
In 2011 I became known as "Dad" to a pretty cool little kid. Being a dad has bought me more enjoyment (not to mention taught me more about time management and shown me what my real sleep requirements are) than I ever imagined possible.
Also in 2011, I completed my Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University. I started working immediately after completing high school, and later decided a tertiary education was a good idea. Unlike many university students I wasn't there to get a job, but rather to broaden my horizons a little and expand my understanding of business theory. So far it seems to be working.
I work for Professional Advantage as a Microsoft Dynamics CRM consultant. Each day I help companies make the most of their CRM system, helping with everything from the pre-sales and demonstration through to solution design through to implementation and training.
We use a number of methodologies from the older waterfall design-up-front-then-build-it-all process to newer agile processes, and all sorts of hybrids in between. No one process suits every client, so we need to be a bit flexible.
My day job doesn't have me doing any development these days, but I like to keep my skills up to speed by playing around with Django.
I'm the curator of DjangoSites, a big listing of websites powered by Django. I created and open-sourced django-helpdesk, a project to help businesses manage their helpdesk or support ticket load. A few other projects can be seen on my GitHub profile.
One of my main projects is WhisperGifts, an online bridal gift registry service without the bullshit.
Walking, hiking, trekking, tramping, whatever you want to call it. Walking in the great outdoors is awesome. My adventures have been relatively limited, with walks throughout country Victoria, Tasmania, and Nepal.
That photo is me at Gokyo Ri, 5,457m altitude, one of the most amazing places on the planet. The triangular mountain abve my head is Mount Everest (8,840m)
I love beer. Not in an alcoholic drink-at-all-hours way, but in a drink-great-beer-meet-great-people way. Australia has a fantastic emerging craft beer scene, and it's exciting watching new breweries start up and produce fantastic beers.
I also love crafting my own beers. I brew beer in my garage using the traditional full-mash method, just like the big boys. Brewing my own beer lets me have a wide range of beer on tap without spending a fortune: everything from English Bitters to New Zealand IPA to Belgian Saisons.
I brew under the name of Falling Sky Brewery, and one day hope to release beers commercially under that banner. For now it's just a bit of fun, though.
I'm a keen amateur photographer. I've got a simple portfolio online with a few recent photos showing.
I don't think it matters, but people ask: I shoot with a Canon EOS 30D and Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS. Occasionally I throw a Canon Speedlite 580EX II on top for extra light.
Well, occasionally. I don't regularly write blog posts, but you can see everything that I have written in my blog archive that dates back to 2006. Most of my older posts are somewhat technical, but recently it's got more of a mix of personal, business, and technical.
I'm a regular user of Twitter, find me as @RossPoulton.
© Copyright 2006- Ross Poulton. All Rights Reserved unless explicitly defined.
Opinions expressed here are my own, and not those of my employer or any other party.