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MATT JONES

Proven software engineer and manager with over 18 years experience.

ABOUT ME

MATT JONES - Creator of Awesome Web Applications

Writing software is fun.  Especially large scale, complex web applications.  I'm equally comfortable discussing, designing, and implementing a plan to make an application more intuitive for the users as I am in architecting the changes necessary to help an application scale to support orders of magnitude more users.  I've been doing this long enough that languages and platforms don't matter much to me.  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 development team.

As a manager, I enjoy mentoring 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 if I am in a management position (which is not necessary), it will be a hands-on position.  I really enjoy being part of the team, not just managing and reporting on progress.  Regarding delivery, I'm a big fan of agile methodologies and continuous delivery.

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WHAT I'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT

TLS All The Things!

We all know to use HTTPS and TLS on things that matter. For the last 15 years of work, without exception, I’ve used use https. But privately, I have quite a few domains for myself and for friends, and having TLS on a personal blog didn’t seem worth the investment. But, thanks to Lets Encrypt […]

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Coding Temple Talk

I had a chance to give a talk for Coding Temple last night touching on why learning Javascript is a good idea. I also touched a bit on AngularJS and gave a perspective of a hiring manager to the participants of the coding bootcamp. Here are the slides: I’d be happy to present as a […]

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How to Get Past the Software Engineer Resume Screen

Hiring average engineers is easy. Hiring excellent software engineers is hard. So far this year, the hiring managers that I work with and I have seen 50+ resumes for 4 positions and made 2 job offers. The math here is not really in the favor of the candidates or our hiring managers. Every stage of […]

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WordPress on Kubernetes

This wordpress instance is hosted on a private kubernetes cluster. The default wordpress docker image has an upload limit of 8MB, which made it difficult to upload this theme and to migrate from another provider. So, I created a new docker image that increases the upload limit to 128MB. If you’d like to use it, […]

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SKILLS

I AM REALLY GOOD AT THE FOLLOWING TECHNICAL SKILLS

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

  • 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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