Patrick McVeety-Mill

  • @pmcvtm
  • positivum spiritus, utile iubilo
  • He / Him
  • Austin, TX
Patrick is an enthusiastic technologist that that values community, empathy, creating, self-understanding, and the earth. He's a consultant at Headspring, where he leads teams, manages people, and hosts podcasts in service of making great software and systems, on the web and in the cloud.

If he were a Latin phrase it would be positivum spiritus, utile iubilo or "positive spirits, helpful shouting," but he's not, so most people refer to him as "Loud Patrick" or by his Trail Name "Boogerbear."
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Positions

Principal Consultant

  • Headspring
  • Jul 2020 - Present

Senior Consultant

  • Headspring
  • Jan 2015 - Jul 2020

Consultant

  • Headspring
  • Aug 2012 - Jan 2015

Patrick's Collections

My 2021 Highlights

11 Highlights

Projects as a Technical Lead

11 Highlights

Books I've Read

8 Highlights

People Management

7 Highlights

2021

Dec 17, 2021
Dec 17, 2021
Provided Technical Consultation
Contributed to open source
Reviewed a massive 400 file Pull Request from a 'community contributor' that upgraded one of our systems from the deprecated .NET Framework 4 to .NET [Core] 5.

Working in open source with changes from folks outside your team can be challenging, especially when the scope of work is so large. It's important to be respectful but firm, and meticulous without nitpicking, all in a publicly-viewable forum.

It took about a month to complete, capturing the high-level differences and low-hanging fruit, and then testing and reviewing changes with a fine-toothed comb, project-by-project and file-by-file.

Besides defects and issues (which there were surprisingly few) there were opportunities to make my job as reviewer easier (the diff was initially 800 files due to renames) which needed to be addressed quickly, as well as minor-but-important corrections to match coding styles and practices common to our other applications and systems.

Since the diff was so large, it was impossible to use GitHub's inline comment tools, so instead I left top-level comments with checklists related to the changes. Conversation with the contributors could get lost in the sea of things so it was important to group comments well. An accidental merge of another feature by a teammate meant we had to do some Git fancy footwork to right the path of the tree.

Overall the critical feedback was limited and the contributors were great to work with. Changes were merged with only a couple follow-up tasks for our internal team. A success!
Principal Consultant, Headspring
Nov 22, 2021
Nov 22, 2021
Hosted a podcast
Hosted OK Human with guest Beth Noser of the University of Kansas Health System and Kansas City Women in Tech. We talk about Beth's work at KCWIT, her experiences as a woman in the software industry, and what white men like me can do to support diversity and inclusion in the industry we have historically (and currently) dominated.
Principal Consultant, Headspring
Nov 12, 2021
Nov 12, 2021
Officiated a Wedding
Officiated my sister's wedding!

I'm not a stranger to  preparing words or public speaking but between the emotional weight and personal stakes, this was a very new and challenging experience.

I was shaking and rushing slightly at first but then a small decoration fell out of place somewhere in the room and I snapped out of my nerves.. It would be OK!

I'm told it went well. My sister and brother-in-law are happy about it, and that's the only audience that really matters.
Oct 15, 2021
Oct 15, 2021
Managed direct reports
Promoted a coworker
Successfully advocated for the promotion of one of my direct reports to Technical Lead after months of guidance and coaching; finding avenues to fill in gaps demonstrate growth on projects where the opportunities were not obvious.
Principal Consultant, Headspring
Sep 21, 2021
Sep 21, 2021
Hosted a podcast
Hosted OK Human with guests  Rob Sartin and George Mauer from findhelp.org, discussing their experience working at a social impact company, including their technical and organizational challenges and successes.
Principal Consultant, Headspring
Sep 16, 2021
Sep 16, 2021
Spoke at a conference
Presented Whales Outside the Net about the tech and empathetic consideration behind supporting Docker in an offline environment at the Kansas City Developer Conference.
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