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MATT JONES

Proven technology executive & strategist with over 20 years experience.

ABOUT ME

MATT JONES - Technology Strategist

Writing software is fun.  Especially large scale, complex web applications.  I'm equally comfortable working on a strategy to help make an application scale to support orders of magnitude more users as developing a plan to make an application more intuitive for the users.  I've been doing this long enough to be very flexible when it comes to languages and platforms.What drives me is technically challenging work that delivers business value.

In addition to the skills listed below, I also understand the language of "Business" very well.  Often, I find myself serving a team as a translator between the business and the engineering teams.

As a manager, I enjoy mentoring leads & programmers and honing our skills together.  I've successfully built teams from scratch as well as assumed leadership over existing teams.  But I love writing software, so even if I am in a primarily management role, I'll find a way to contribute on a technical level.  Regarding delivery, I'm a big fan of agile methodologies, microservices, and continuous delivery.

SKILLS

I AM REALLY GOOD AT THE FOLLOWING TECHNICAL SKILLS

REST APIs
100
Microservices
100
C#
90
Java
90
SaaS
100
Architecture
100
Cloud Dev
100
Management
100
Mentoring
100

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL...

I've been doing this long enough to know that my biggest asset is the ability to learn in a constantly changing environment.

EXPERIENCE

PREVIOUS ASSOCIATIONS THAT HELPED TO GATHER EXPERIENCE

Fitch Solutions

Director, IT Product Development / Head of Platform Engineering

  • Building awesome self-sufficient teams
  • Hiring, managing and mentoring some amazing developers and tech leads
  • Selling the vision of a strategic RESTful API based platform to internal stakeholders
  • Building a Microservices based architecture that is deployed using Docker on Kubernetes.
  • Our next step will be moving our clusters into Amazon Web Services and implementing an event driven architecture with Kinesis, Lambda, and Amazon Elasticsearch!
2015
APR 2014 - NOV 2014

Harrison Street Software

Sr. Director of Innovation

Designed, architected, and building an employee goal management and performance review solution on Google App Engine with a Java backend for the REST API, and a Dart language Single Page Application (SPA) using Polymer and Material Design for the front end.

SpringCM

Sr. Director of Software Engineering

Served in various roles from UI Developer to Sr. Director of Software Engineering to build an enterprise class document management and business process automation solution.

JAN 2007 - APR 2014
DEC 2003 - DEC 2006

Matt Jones Photography

Owner

A lot of hard work, but ultimately, I spent too much time on the web application to sell the photos and not enough time on marketing.  This experience has made me a better engineer and liaison to the business!

Various

Software Engineer

I spent these years during the dot com boom and bust cutting my teeth on C++, memory management, pointers, and various other experiences.  See the PDF resume for details.

SEP 1997 - NOV 2003
SEP 1995 - JUL 1996

AmeriCorps NCCC

Corpsmember

Almost 20 years ago, I took this pledge before commencing on 1750 hours of community service.  I still Get Things Done.

I will get things done for America - to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier.  I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities.  Faced with apathy, I will take action.  Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground.  Faced with adversity, I will persevere.  I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond.I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done.

 

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WONDERFUL CHILDREN

EDUCATION

PREVIOUS ASSOCIATIONS THAT HELPED TO GATHER EXPERIENCE

Eagle Scout

Boy Scouts of America

1992

Yes, I'm Prepared!

There isn't much a person does in high school that you can still put on your resume 20+ years later...

B.A. in Computer Science

Western Oregon University

1998

3.83 GPA in CS

I thought I was going to be a teacher.  Computer Science was fun so I changed majors.  WOU has a pretty awesome Computer Science program that really prepared me for my career.

Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

Scrum Alliance

2011

Agile Evangelist

Scrum, Kanban, Agile.  Let's just get it done without Gantt charts.  They even gave me a certificate.

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Why I am choosing inclusive language in technology this Juneteenth, and how you can too!

In the course of writing software or security policies, we often need to specifically allow some items or exclude other items.  For years, most software development teams have referred to these as “whitelists” and “blacklists.”  Examples include only allowing (whitelist) or blocking (blacklist) traffic from a set of known IP addresses.   In recent years, software […]

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Videos for Programming Merit Badge

I made some videos for my Troop as we worked on the Programming Merit Badge. It seems the effect was lost on Zoom, so I am posting the videos of the guest speakers here. These were generated using a service from Amazon, called AWS Polly to generate the audio. The audio was then lip-synced to […]

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Kubernetes Interview Tips

At work, we’ve been using Kubernetes for several years now. There’s a lot to learn and know about Kubernetes, but it really depends on the role that you are applying for. For more thoughts, check out this great article by the Enterprisers Project, where I discuss more of my thoughts on the Kubernetes interview. Share […]

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Containerize the old stuff!

Docker and container cluster managers like Kubernetes have helped our industry to embrace microservice architectures. Where I work, we are building cloud native applications at an incredible pace previously inconceivable with a team our size. The productivity gains of a modern stack including Docker, Kubernetes, Spring Boot, and AWS are undeniable. We spend more time […]

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