As I prepare to go to Washington DC, to work with the Department of Veterans Affiars (VA), I’m spending a lot of time thinking about how I’ll prepare for my year, working within the federal government.

Working for the White House, and at the VA, will most definitely be an entirely new experience for me, I feel my approach and experience within the API space will benefit me greatly.

When it comes to the tech, business and politics of APIs I don’t see things as:

black #000000

OR

white #FFFFFF

I see things as grey, and try to empathize and understand with as many of the shades of grey as possible:

#080808 #0A0A0A #0D0D0D
#0F0F0F #121212 #141414
#171717 #1A1A1A #1C1C1C
#1F1F1F #212121 #242424
#262626 #292929 #2B2B2B
#2E2E2E #303030 #333333
#363636 #383838 #3B3B3B
#3D3D3D #404040 #424242
#454545 #474747 #4A4A4A
#4D4D4D #4F4F4F #525252
#555555 #575757 #595959
#5C5C5C #5E5E5E #616161
#636363 #666666 #696969
#696969 #6B6B6B #6E6E6E
#707070 #737373 #757575
#787878 #7A7A7A #7D7D7D
#808080 #7F7F7F #808080
#828282 #858585 #878787
#8A8A8A #8C8C8C #8F8F8F
#919191 #949494 #969696
#999999 #9C9C9C #9E9E9E
#A1A1A1 #A3A3A3 #A6A6A6
#A9A9A9 #A8A8A8 #A9A9A9
#ABABAB #AAAAAA #ADADAD
#B0B0B0 #B3B3B3 #B5B5B5
#B8B8B8 #BABABA #BDBDBD
#C0C0C0 #BEBEBE #BFBFBF
#C2C2C2 #C4C4C4 #C7C7C7
#C9C9C9 #CDCDCD #CCCCCC
#CFCFCF #D1D1D1 #D4D4D4
#D3D3D3 #D3D3D3 #D6D6D6
#D9D9D9 #DCDCDC #DBDBDB
#DEDEDE #E0E0E0 #E3E3E3
#E5E5E5 #E8E8E8 #EBEBEB
#EDEDED #F0F0F0 #F2F2F2
#F5F5F5 #F7F7F7 #FAFAFA

This approach to monitoring the API universe has allowed me to better understand the differences between APIs and the companie or individauls behind them.

I feel this will help me understand how Washington works, and continue to find, simple, meaningful, API driven approaches to helping our government innovate.

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from http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/KinLane/~3/y1eEgvleL-Q/i-do-not-see-things-as-black-or-white

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