Chris Brookins

Sr. VP, Engineering
Acquia, Inc.

Chris joined Acquia from Vertical Communications, where he managed engineering for several IP PBX and call centre products, and lead a large adoption of Scrum. Prior to Vertical, Chris managed engineering at Stylus Innovation, a telephony toolkit startup that was sold to Artisoft. At work, he is passionate about user and developer experiences and facilitating high performance teams. He is the proud father of 2 boys and a very amateur photographer, cook and tennis player. Chris earned his BS in computer science from Lehigh University.

Recent blog posts

Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 10:21
Back in June 2010, we decided we wanted to put the Views 3 module into Drupal Gardens to provide site builders everywhere with Views' power and flexibility to manage dynamic content. We have often said that on the Drupal learning curve, Views is the More...
Posted on Monday, March 7, 2011 - 10:37
Back in June 2010, we decided we wanted to put the Views 3 module into Drupal Gardens to provide site builders everywhere with Views' power and flexibility to manage dynamic content. We have often said that on the Drupal learning curve, Views is the More...
Posted on Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 21:53
This sprint the Drupal Gardens team worked on several areas of polish including internationalization, security, multi-image handling, performance and general UX. We hope you like the changes and additions outlined below: Updated all sites to the More...
Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 12:12
Lately the Drupal Gardens team has been busy adding several highly-requested mega-features.  A mega-feature is a feature so large, some companies build entire products based on that feature.  Webforms is the most recent mega-feature we have added.   More...
Posted on Monday, November 8, 2010 - 09:19
Last week we pushed out a new Drupal Gardens update containing several very popular requests that we are thrilled to deliver!  In addition, we are now in the home stretch towards a Drupal 7 release candidate, with only 5 critical bugs left as of More...
Posted on Friday, October 1, 2010 - 08:34
Four weeks ago, the Drupal Gardens team introduced the image gallery feature to all Drupal Gardens sites. While that was great, we wanted galleries to be true media galleries, and so last week the team introduced video support to galleries in a More...
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2010 - 12:03
In the last Drupal Gardens survey of site builders, the #1 requested item was image galleries.  We wanted Drupal Gardens' galleries to be built on Drupal 7's new files and fields architecture, and developed using the powerful media and styles More...
Posted on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 07:55
In addition to the rush the Drupal Gardens team gets when adding cool new features, we like to get things right, striking a good balance between power and simplicity.  In the last sprint, we spent a bunch of time polishing the powerful XML Sitemap More...
Posted on Monday, June 14, 2010 - 09:02
When we started planning Drupal Gardens 18 months ago one of our goals was to help break down the barriers to creating stunning Drupal web sites. To that end we developed the Drupal Gardens' ThemeBuilder -- to allow people to point and click to More...
Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010 - 23:57
Last week the Acquia engineering team finished its first post-DrupalCon sprint and upgraded nearly 9,500 Drupal Gardens sites to a new release. For an invitation-only beta, that is a lot of sites. Considering that this effort is combined with More...
Posted on Saturday, April 17, 2010 - 23:07
Yesterday we completed our pre-DrupalCon sprint and are excited to introduce several great new features, with a special focus on designers and site creators who need an awesome looking site. Specifically in this release we have added great support More...
Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 23:50
Yesterday we completed our 3rd sprint since Drupal Gardens went into private beta at the end of January. Following our Scrum development process, the Acquia engineering teams commit to delivering new features and bug fixes in every 3 week sprint. More...
Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 14:19
In these early days of the Drupal Gardens beta, we are adding new features, beta testers, and cloud servers around the clock. Since our last update 3 weeks ago, thousands more beta testers have been added, and they have clicked to create thousands More...
Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 - 16:59
It's been 3 weeks since we launched the Drupal Gardens private beta and the response has been incredible. Hundreds of Drupal 7 sites have been created and we are getting lots of great feedback on both Drupal 7 and new features testers would like More...
Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 01:40
Last week at DrupalCon Paris, we demonstrated a pre-alpha version of Drupal Gardens, which will allow non-technical users to go from design to online with a powerful Drupal 7 social publishing website in a matter of hours instead of days. The More...
Posted on Friday, May 15, 2009 - 13:46
A little over a month ago we posted a survey asking what you wanted to see next in the Acquia Drupal Stack Installer (a.k.a. DAMP). According the survey results, the most requested feature was support for multiple virtual hosts so you could easily More...
Posted on Friday, April 3, 2009 - 23:49
As part of our mission to help simplify Drupal adoption, we recently made public the Subversion repository (SVN) for Acquia Drupal. Now you can quickly update your site to the latest release of Acquia Drupal with a single 'svn up' command or use More...
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 19:44
So after 15 years leading several great engineering teams in the IP PBX industry I got a call. A start-up called Acquia was working on being the "Red Hat" of the Open Source Drupal project, and looking for someone to manage engineering using the More...

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