Chief Executive Officer
Paul Pagel co-founded 8th Light in 2006, and has been a driving force in the software craftsmanship movement ever since. He organized the first Software Craftsmanship Summit in 2008, and later contributed to the Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship. He is a part-owner, and serves on 8th Light's Board of Directors.
Under his direction, 8th Light has grown to employ more than 50 software craftsmen spread across two continents. Paul has overseen the evolution of the company’s apprenticeship program, and directly mentored five 8th Light craftsmen: Eric Meyer, Patrick Gombert, Kevin Liddle, Ben Voss, and Kelly Steensma.
Paul was one of the software craftsmanship movement’s first formally trained apprentices. After spending several years under the mentorship of Uncle Bob Martin and Micah Martin, Paul led several projects as a consultant for Object Mentor and helped build the massive Fidelity Life application. He has professional experience using Ruby, Java, C#, and Rails.
In his third year as 8th Light’s CEO, Paul entered the Executive Masters of Business program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in the fall of 2014. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in computer science from DePaul University in 2005.
Paul has given presentations on software craftsmanship and apprenticeship at numerous conferences, including Ignite Chicago, Ruby Conference, Software Craftsmanship North America, and 8th Light University. You can also view his conversation with Corey Haines.