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Mike Bland
Worked at 18F
Attended Berklee College of Music
Lives in Alexandria, VA
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Late notice, but I'm yapping in public again this Friday.
I'll be delivering "The Convergence of Wills" one more time at Surge 2016 this Friday at 11am.
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Same story, slightly new angle. Plus, I forgot just how nice the weather is here.
One more iteration on the Google Testing Grouplet story, this time tailored to Netflix's culture of "Freedom and Responsibility".
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Alas, I am at SFO as we speak. Maybe next time!
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I definitely got into more than I signed up for at DevOpsDays DC 2016.
Links to the video and slides of my "The Convergence of Wills (abridged)" talk, as well as an extra surprise.
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Must be an old Stat, they haven't used roller nuts in a while. I need to dust off my guitars, the kids just don't make it easy.
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My Beyond20'16 presentation went really well; here's the slides if you're interested. Tons of thanks to Tony Harper, Alan Kraft, +Bill Shelton, Carlo Costino, +Nick Brethauer, and Jackie Kazil for review and feedback.
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Awesome. Thanks for sharing 
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Taking it easy, but still causing trouble.
I've resigned from 18F, am taking some time off, and am speaking at the Beyond20'16 conference next week.
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On yet another break? I am not mad at you. Good for you--lets change the image of the GenXer. We haven't connected since you have been in DC. We should soon. I am 8 mo pregnant with #2 and once she comes, I hibernate for at least 6 mo.
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The end of the trilogy.
In the third post in our series on how transparency, autonomy, and collaboration produce organizational culture change, we describe other knowledge-sharing initiatives we’re working on that we believe are also of immediate benefit to other organizations, and will maximize our impact on government IT beyond product delivery.
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A labor of love, on a special (to me) anniversary.
I've been obsessed with writing a framework for ./go scripts in Bash, and have just released v1.0.0.
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Wow, that was fast!
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I'm so happy that my only real contribution to TDD culture "small, medium, large" will live outside Google.
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Preaching what I practice, as always.
I delivered a talk Monday, am halfway through the automated testing workshops, and will be live streaming another talk Thursday at noon.
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Busy couple weeks ahead. But, road trip!
A last minute announcement of my DevOpsDays DC talk and upcoming unit testing workshop in Chattanooga.
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Nice to hear you are doing so well!
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Node.js is addictive.
I've written a Slack bot in Node.js that files GitHub issues, and a unit testing tutorial in Node.js based on the bot.
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All the more reason to learn how to test the hell out of it in the first place. Debugging sucks. Testing rocks! :-P
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Trilogy part the second.
In the second post in our series on how transparency, autonomy, and collaboration produce organizational culture change, we describe a few of the initiatives we’ve undertaken to increase transparency into 18F’s internal operations
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18F Practice Director and Stratocaster aficionado
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  • Berklee College of Music
    Performance, 2013 - 2014
  • Christopher Newport University
    Computer Science, 1999 - 2001
  • Christopher Newport University
    Fine Arts/Theatre Concentration, 1992 - 1997
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    Practice Director, 2014 - 2016
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    Software Engineer, 2005 - 2011
  • Northrop Grumman
    Software Engineer, 2001 - 2005
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