Our heads are in the clouds.
The Azure and AWS clouds, to be exact.
Working with Ross Lambert was truly a privilege. For me personally, he exemplifies so many characteristics that I respect and appreciate. How to approach complex problems, how to communicate difficult solutions in ways that any given audience can understand, and how to be a team player no matter what opinions are at the table are just a few examples. Ross is a thought leader without being a thought bully, and he always keeps solutions that yield positive results as his end-goal. Ross is committed to doing the right thing, even if it is the difficult thing, and there is not an organization out there that would not be better for having him on their team.
Ross rocks. We worked together very closely at Who's Calling when Thinqtank was lead consultant on the new VoiceXML IVR system. Ross could work almost completely autonomously with minimal direction, synching in person only once every week or so. He can both rapid prototype from a caffeine-fueled half-baked architectural vision on a whiteboard when time is tight or produce detailed architectural specifications, project schedules and other documentation when it's time to formalize the SDLC. He can both lead or follow and doesn't bitch about either. If I ever found another company, Ross will be one of the first people I call.
Ross is an excellent software engineer. His work is thorough and meticulous - both in terms of design and implementation. He is self-managing with a strong sense of ownership, focused yet easy-going by nature and, therefore, a joy to manage. Ross has a natural curiosity to seek out new and improved solutions to technical problems, making him a real asset to any software development endeavor.