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Mike Bland
Worked at Google
Attends Berklee College of Music
Lives in Alexandria, VA
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I've been busy.
A number of initiatives that I've started within 18F have been taking off, with more to come.
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Great piece, I am most heartened to read that you're having the time of your life.  Loving your job is a good practice itself, and over the long haul, one of the most important.
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I'd like to thank the academy...
I've been awarded a January 2015 "Flushy" award for being the first Xoogler (ex-Googler) to write Google Testing on the Toilet episodes.
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Well deserved.
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So this is why I've been in Fixit Mode since I started 18F two months ago.
The Hub is a Jekyll-based documentation platform that aims to help development teams organize and easily share their information, and to enable easy exploration of the connections between team members, projects, and skill sets. It also serves as a lightweight tool that other teams can experiment with and deploy with a minimum of setup.
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A quick couple o' bits. Happy Thanksgiving!
Quick updates on my progress as part of 18F, and "Large Scale Culture Change: Google and the US Government" at the GSA on Dec 2
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I almost just gave one of your old talks ("Great program, lousy name").  Glad to hear you're still alive. Happy December.
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IT'S ALIIIVE!!!
I've produced a report on the early, promising results of my OpenSSL makefile refactoring experiment, in which I was successful using GNU make.
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Heh.
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I really wish they let me keep the hat.
The White House just launched its U.S. Digital Service recruiting website, in which I play a small but proud role.
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Really good to see Mike!
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Two posts in one day? What is this madness?

(OK, perhaps it's not madness, but pure vanity.)
The General Services Administration today launched a new Jekyll-based documentation platform called the Hub. What's that? FedScoop's assistant editor, Billy Mitchell, has the latest.
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I remain plainly transparent to you after all these years. ;-)
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A little more about what I've been up to lately.
18F has begun collecting and publishing team member "snippets", short lists summarizing what you worked on the previous week and what you plan to work on during the upcoming week. Team members submit their snippets each Monday, and they are published internally for all to peruse. Snippets foster transparency and team cohesion, spark productive interactions, and can be cultivated right away using tools already at-hand.
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For those that love the sound of my voice...
The webinar video from my December 2, 2014 delivery of "Large Scale Development Culture Change" at the GSA via DigitalGov
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Thanks Mike. I thought I would see you at the USPTO DevOps Discovery day. Not many people showed up but they had great presentations.
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The trip keeps getting longer and stranger.
I'm moving to Washington, D.C. to join the 18F team, to help change how development is done throughout the Federal government.
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Congratulations. Welcome back to the wonderful world of software development/engineering/programming/coding/what-have-you.
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On top of all that, I won the Virginia-in-July weather lottery. Low 80's, no humidity. Priceless.
I paid a visit to Washington, D.C. this past week, gave a tech talk on unit testing and culture change, and was amazed at the positive energy there.
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I missed you!     How are you doing?
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Music student
Employment
  • Google
    Software Engineer, 2005 - 2011
  • Northrop Grumman
    Software Engineer, 2001 - 2005
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Alexandria, VA
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Boston, MA - NYC - Hampton, VA - Newport News, VA - Mountain View, CA - St. Louis, MO
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Introduction
Music student, semi-retired programmer, and former Googler
Education
  • Berklee College of Music
    2013 - present
  • Christopher Newport University
    Computer Science, 1999 - 2001
  • Christopher Newport University
    Fine Arts/Theatre Concentration, 1992 - 1997
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