Here is a pic of me from 2009. Doing this instead of the 10-year thing.

This also features my cat Charlie. She looks the same now.

(thanks for the inspiration)

My favorite kind of meeting is a cancelled one.

The moral of this story might have been buried a little:

"Junior" engineers can do nearly all of the work if you set them up to succeed!

"Senior" should not be a title that is automatically obtained after 3-5 years.

One (of many) areas that they don't do so great on is pay. Everyone is severely underpaid compared to the private sector. Even a senior person with 25 years of experience is probably making about as much as someone in the private sector with 5 years experience.

5. If you start to *really* kick ass and are nearly unparalleled in your field, you get promoted to a "senior" level. But when they say senior, they mean decades of experience; people who are irreplaceable.

(If you have an advanced degree or private sector experience, you can usually skip a few levels.)

3. After a a couple of years, you get GS-9, then GS-11, and GS-12. These are basically grades from "junior" to "full-performance" engineer.

4. If you start really excelling, working cross-team, leading, etc., you start getting GS-13, 14, and 15. Generally 14 and 15 are managers.

The real secret is that the "interns" do all of the work. 75% of your job as a "normal" engineer is to enable the interns to succeed. Interns are sometimes fought over, and there were often about a 1:1 ratio of of interns to mentors.

1. You are hired straight out of college. What your degree is in doesn't matter a whole lot. You start work as a GS-7 or so (roughly a "junior dev").

2. You spend three years as an "intern" to help figure out what kind of work you enjoy, rotating projects every 6 to 9 months.

The job ladder for tech in the government (at least where I was) was one of the few things that were infinitely better than the private sector has had in my time.

Here's how your career generally went if you were hired as a developer:
Ah yes, another good point: the relentless focus on hiring senior devs means we call someone "senior" after 3-5 years of writing code. (Spoiler alert: *no*) https://twitter…

I am slightly excited to go see Terminator 3, attempt 4.

Every one of these plumbing terms in this letter I got sounds like sex. “Cured-in-Place-Pipe Lining”
“Open Trench Excavation”
and my favorite
“Horizontal Directional Drilling”

I stopped by a retro gaming store in this town on a whim. It turns out they don’t open until Monday. But they gave me a tour and sold me a hardware backwards compatible PS3 anyway.

Sometimes hoomans are good. 💚

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