My name is Paul de Raaij. I live in Wateringen, near Rotterdam, in The Netherlands. I am Team Lead of Technical Pathfinders @ Coolblue, a team of hands-on architects. Besides my focus on that team I am part of the IT management team.

In the last couple of years I have learned a lot. I’ve learned how to develop & operate software in high-traffic environment. Not only how to manage the software, but also the teams creating those applications. Experimenting and reflecting on how to take ownership and improve operations.

I am a firm believer of continuous learning and fail fast. I dislike long delivery cycles and aim for continuous deployment where possible. Reflection is an important characteristic in order to grow and improve.

Next to my day-to-day job and passion for IT I’m into sports (handball & fitness) and music.