Mike Little's Curriculum Vitae

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Personal details:

Mike Little
mikecv at zed1 dot com
Driving Licence:
Full, clean

Technical Expertise:

Career Summary:

I am the co-founding developer of the WordPress project. I started it in 2003 with Matt Mullenweg (now of Automattic Inc.) and have been developing with and using it ever since.

I run my own web development company specialising in WordPress and have worked on a number of government WordPress sites, most notably, I have developed a number of sites for the Law Commission, DWP, COI, and I currently develop and support the Prime Minister's official website for the Cabinet Office.

My background is in software development and I have more than 25 years under my belt, many at the most senior technical architect level. I am a published author and a member of the Usability Professionals Association.

I am a flexible and committed architect and senior developer. I am eager to learn new skills and competencies. I am passionate about what I do, the applications I develop, and the solutions I architect. I am an enthusiastic team player and strive to contribute best practice, standards compliant approaches wherever possible.


Building Online Communities with Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress

Apress, December 2005

My first book, Building Online Communities with Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress is a guide to creating your own virtual meeting place for friends, business partners, and others with common interests. Published by Apress in December 2005, I co-authored this with Robert T. Douglass and Jared W. Smith. My contribution to the book is the WordPress section.

WordPress 24-Hour Trainer by George Plumley

Wrox 2010

I was technical editor on this book, earning the thanks from the author for my "indispensable technical editing".

Professional WordPress Design and Development by Hal Stern, David Damstra, & Brad Williams

Wrox 2010

I was technical editor on this book. The authors' acknowledgements include:
"Mike Little's technical review of the book was insightful and valuable.",
and "I would like to thank ... and Mike Little for [his] valuable insights, suggestions, and quick responses to our changes."

Work experience:

zed1.com Limited — 1999–present

Private web development and consultancy firm specialising in WordPress.

Role: Director, architect, developer, consultant.

Scope: As a founding developer and at one time a lead developer of the WordPress project and having worked on numerous websites, many built with WordPress, I decided to concentrate on WordPress, formalising my previously freelance work and incorporate zed1.com as a limited company in 2008.

I have worked on a number of central government WordPress sites, most notably I developed a number of sites for the Law Commission, DWP, COI, and develop and support a site for a prominent Cabinet Office client. I have also built and run sites for schools, education projects, authors, musicians, consultants, many more. I host and manage a number of small sites for several of my clients.

I also work with a small selection of strategic partners who are some of the best WordPress specialists in the country.

I have designed, developed, and installed a number of websites from simple static 'brochure' sites often based on WordPress, to fully fledged, custom CMS-driven, corporate sites. Usually working from a brief and a graphic design, I architect, design and develop a site to client requirements. I strive to ensure standards compliance, produce sites to usability best practices, and meet accessibility requirements through separation of content, from presentation, and from behaviour.

I run short one-to-one introductory WordPress training courses.

Accessible Event Promotions — 2009–present

Marketing and promoting accessible events for disabled and D/deaf people

Role: Director of Services.

We are establishing a company and working out how we can make a living and make a major difference to the lives of disabled and deaf people. We are working in London and the North West. The company is recently established and we are developing, consulting and planning with possible partners and funders.

WordCamp UK — 2010–present

Non-profit association promoting WordPress in the UK.

Role: Treasurer.

The Organisation holds an annual conference of WordPress publishers, designers and developers based in the United Kingdom. We also help with other activities relating to WordPress in the United Kingdom, including holding local meetings. I run a the Manchester WordPress User Group.

Open Rights Group — 2005–2009

Non-profit consumer and civil rights in a digital age.

Role: Volunteer Technical Support.

I helped set up and manage the WordPress-based website at the core of the Open Rights Group's web presence. Along with a volunteer team of great geeks we kept things running smoothly.

Now running a non-WordPress site, I've recently taken a back seat.

Northgate Information Solutions (formally SX3), Alderley Edge — 2004–2008

IT services and Business Process Outsourcing

Role: Technical Architect.

Scope: I started as a research & development analyst programmer working with the Technical Architect in the Public Services division to research and architect the future direction of the division's Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach using Java/J2EE development. I also supported and trained Java developers.

I then moved into the Technical Architect role specialising in Java and web-based technologies.


Designed and developed a leading edge custom user assistance creation and delivery system using DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture), and an open source application stack and tools. The system provides single sourcing of all user assistance documentation and an innovative user annotation system for the context sensitive online help.

Designed and led a project to produce a Portal/Dashboard application. This is to be used by both local government housing departments and housing associations. Interfaces with Northgate's housing applications, MS Exchange, external RSS feeds, and an SMS gateway. Built to web standards, WCAG AA, using J2EE and Ajax.

Designed and developed a proof of concept SMS gateway to allow automated and ad-hoc sending and receipt of SMS messages into and out of the Northgate Applications.

Researched, designed, and developed a middleware system to generate simple web applications from simple XML definitions, utilising new and existing Web Service APIs to back-end database systems. This has enabled non web-savvy developers to create standards compliant web applications simply and quickly.

Eunite/Zendor, Manchester — 2000–2004

E-commerce, fulfilment, and interactive services.

Role: Technical Architect.

Scope: Lead developer and architect on J2EE/DB2 based e-commerce application in use by sister company JD Williams (JDW), Toys R Us and River Island. Technical lead, guide and mentor to a development team of up to 10.

Results: Introduced revision control and configuration management across all Zendor projects to streamline the development process and resolve concurrent development issues. Maintenance of up to 8 parallel streams of development that led to 18 major releases and hundreds of minor releases. Introduced bug tracking and reporting using Bugzilla, collaborative developer documentation system and improved development processes using Apache, Tomcat and automated tools such as Ant and JUnit. These quality and process improvements have made the development process more transparent, easier to manage and introduced a greater level of control. I was chosen to head the 'Tools and Process' Technical Advisory Group within Zendor and have prepared and presented various proposals and recommendations for the development, testing and graphic design departments. Lead developer on a Java/JSP/Oracle based project running on Sun Solaris for a Business-to-Business (B2B) services client. As a member of the development team, I have also been involved in most other projects either in a technical lead or developer role: The Restaurant Game (PL/SQL, Java); SourceUK, a government CMS portal (Perl), First Financial (technical advice, configuration control), Stanley Casinos (security investigation), and others.

ServicePower Business Solutions Ltd, Stockport — 1999–2000

Enterprise Scheduling Software.

Role: Oracle DBA and Development Support

Geoworks Ltd, Macclesfield — 1996–1999

Smart-phone/Communicator and PDA OS Development.

Role: Principal Engineer

Pantek Ltd, Stockport — 1990–1996

Industrial Software House.

Role: Development Manager

Prior non-IT positions

Video Box Office, Stockport (1986–1990)
Video rental library. — Proprietor/partner.
Meehan Bros. Ltd, Manchester (1985–1986)
Wholesale clothing. — Warehouse manager.
Action Video Productions, Stockport (1984–1985)
Promotional video production. — Video cameraman, technician, and editor.
Out of Town Promotions/Zebra International, Stockport (1983–1985)
Pop music promotion and management. — Programmer and Sound technician.
Wynd-up records Ltd, Prestwich (1980–1982)
Wholesale/Retail records & tapes. — Shop manager.
TVA (Installations) Ltd, Stockport (1979–1980)
Communal TV, Door entry/security and Warden-call alarm systems. — Engineer/trainer.

Interests and activities:

I am particularly interested in Web facing applications, Usability, Accessibility, Information Architecture, Configuration Management, XP/Agile development.

I have taught myself C, C++, Java, Perl, PHP, SQL, Pascal, BASIC, and 6502 and 80x86 Assembler and many other languages for fun and education. I run Linux on most of my PC's at home along with Windows.

Music, of all genres, is one of my passions: I try to listen to as much and as varied music as I can. I especially enjoy live music and try to support small and unsigned bands and artists.

I have been 'on the Internet' since 1994 and regularly participate in forums and mailing lists. In my pre-internet days I contributed to a number of local BBSs and, through FidoNet, have helped solve user's problems all over the world. I am an avid reader of both science fact and Science Fiction. I enjoy cycling, walking, and swimming.

Note: I have an on-line journal at http://zed1.com/journalized which occasionally has more up to date information on it.

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