Mike Bland

Everywhere he goes, Mike aims to produce a culture of transparency, autonomy, and collaboration, in which “Instigators” are connected and empowered to effect change throughout an organization. He's followed this path since 2005, when he helped drive adoption of automated testing throughout Google as part of the Testing Grouplet, the Test Mercenaries, and the Fixit Grouplet. He was instrumental in the execution of Test Certified and Testing on the Toilet, and the four company-wide Fixits he organized led to the development and rollout of the Test Automation Platform. He also served as a member of the Websearch Infrastructure team.

Most recently he served as Practice Director at 18F, a technology team within the U.S. General Services Administration, where he personally launched and drove several initiatives to increase 18F’s capability as a learning organization. His 18F Hub prototype spawned several other projects, such as the 18F Pages platform and the 18F Guides series, the 18F Edu initiative, the Team API engine, and the 18F Handbook. He is the primary author of 18F’s Automated Testing Playbook, Grouplet Playbook, Guides Template, and Unit testing in Node.js tutorial. He led three 18F Grouplets–Documentation, Testing, and the Working Group Working Group–as a vehicle to develop and promote these tools and projects in a grassroots fashion. Primarily a C++ and Python programmer at Google, he became proficient in Ruby, Go, and Node.js during his tenure at 18F. Almost all of Mike’s 18F code and documentation source is openly available on GitHub.