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105: Code Switching with Maurice Cherry

In this episode, Maurice Cherry talks about the concept of code switching: being different people around different people. He also talks about overcoming feelings of discomfort, trust and both how it’s lost and how it can be re-established, diversity in design, and shifting your mindset from a creator to a chronicler. Panelists: Astrid Countee | John K. Sawers | Janelle Klein | Jessica Kerr Special Guest: Maurice Cherry: @mauricecherry | Revision Path | Glitch Show Notes: 01:49 – Maurice’s Superpower: Extreme Empathy Function Podcast w/ Anil Dash 04:06 – Code Switching 13:21 – Creating and Fostering Safe Conference Environments 19:34 – Overcoming Feelings of Discomfort 22:16 – Human Decisions in Software: Why We Should Care 31:57 – Trust: How We’ve Lost It and How Should We Re-establish It? A Developer Relations Bill of Rights AngelList 41:24 – Establishing Trust in a Company From the Ground Up: Glitch 47:03 – Diversity in Design and Shifting Your Mindset From a Creator to a Chronicler Kim Goulbourne Ekpemi Anni Senongo Akpem    Want to help keep us a weekly show, buy and ship you swag, and bring us to conferences near you? Support us via Patreon! Or tell your organization to send sponsorship inquiries to mandy@greaterthancode.com. Reflections: John: It’s useful to think about code switching in context of my own behavior and using it as a practice for increasing empathy by trying to determine if other people are code switching in a certain situation. Janelle: Putting myself in an outsider situation. Jess: Storytelling and experience creating. Astrid: Parents encouraging young creators. Maurice: We all have more work to do and we all have privileges we are blind to. Are you Greater Than Code? Submit guest blog posts to mandy@greaterthancode.com Please leave us a review on iTunes! This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep of DevReps, LLC. To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode. To make a one-time donation so that we can continue to bring you more content and transcripts like this, please do so at paypal.me/devreps. You will also get an invitation to our Slack community this way as well. Amazon links may be affiliate links, which means you’re supporting the show when you purchase our recommendations. Thanks! Transcript: ASTRID:  Hello, everybody and welcome to our 105th episode of Greater Than Code. My name is Astrid Countee and I'm here with my great friend, John Sawers. JOHN:  Thank you, Astrid and I'm here with Janelle Klein. JANELLE:  Thanks, John and I am here with the wonderful and awesome, Jessica Kerr. JESSICA:  Good morning. Thanks, Jenelle and today, we have a special guest. Maurice Cherry, serves as marketing, design and communications lead at Glitch, the friendly community where everyone can discover and create the best stuff on the web. Before Glitch, Maurice was principal and creative director at Lunch, a multidisciplinary creative studio in Atlanta, Georgia. These days, Maurice is perhaps best known for his award-winning podcast, Revision Path, which showcased these black designers, developers and digital creators from all over the world. Other projects of Maurice's include the Black Weblog Awards, the web's longest running about celebrating black bloggers, video bloggers and podcasters; 28 Days of the Web and The Year of Tea. Maurice is the 2018 recipient of the Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary from AIGA. He was named as one of GDUSA's People To Watch in 2018 and was included in the 2018 edition of The Root 100 -- he was #60, their annual list of the most influential African-Americans ages 25 to 40. Maurice has a bachelor’s degree in math from Morehouse College and a master's degree in telecommunications management. Maurice, welcome to the show. MAURICE:  Thank you so much for having me. JESSICA:  Oh, we forgot to tell you.


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Posted on 14 November 2018 | 5:00 am


104: Jellyfish Signaling with Sam Livingston-Gray

In this panelist episode, Sam Livingston-Gray talks about driving evolution, fitness landscapes and functions, how humans make decisions, and scaling, optimizing, and thriving as individuals and communities. Check out a new podcast called The Local Maximum! It's hosted by Max Sklar who is a Machine Learning Engineer at Foursquare. He covers a lot of fascinating topics: AI, building better products, and the latest technology news from his unique perspective. Max interviews Engineers, Entrepreneurs, and Creators of all types - with half of the guests being successful women in software and tech. Subscribe to the Local Maximum podcast wherever you listen! Panelists: Jessica Kerr | Janelle Klein | John K. Sawers  | Sam Livingston-Gray Show Notes: 01:33 – Is Sam a Jellyfish? 03:14 – Sam’s Superpower: Making Connections Between Weird Things 05:17 – Driving Evolution 08:19 – “Fitness Landscape” and “Fitness Function” aiweirdness.com 21:17 – How Humans Make Decisions Sam Livingston-Gray: Cognitive Shortcuts: Models, Visualizations, Metaphors, and Other Lies Saccade Blindsight by Peter Watts   33:43 – Completion Bias 40:52 – The Importance of Clarity of Communication in Code 45:49 – Mimicry and The Theory of Mind 52:18 – Scaling, Optimizing, and Thriving as Individuals and Communities 57:38 – Rhetoric and Interacting with People Everything's an Argument Want to help keep us a weekly show, buy and ship you swag, and bring us to conferences near you? Support us via Patreon! Or tell your organization to send sponsorship inquiries to mandy@greaterthancode.com. Are you Greater Than Code? Submit guest blog posts to mandy@greaterthancode.com Please leave us a review on iTunes! This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep of DevReps, LLC. To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode. To make a one-time donation so that we can continue to bring you more content and interactive transcripts like this, please do so at paypal.me/devreps. You will also get an invitation to our Slack community this way as well. Amazon links may be affiliate links, which means you’re supporting the show when you purchase our recommendations. Thanks! Transcript: JESSICA:  Welcome to Episode 104 of Greater Than Code. I am here today with Janelle Klein. JANELLE:  And I am here with my good friend, John Sawers. JOHN:  And I am here and I'm happy to introduce an episode all about Sam Livingston-Gray. JESSICA:  Yay! Finally, we cornered him. JOHN:  Sam Livingston-Gray has been a dad since 2008, a Rubyist since 2006, a Portlander since 2001 and a programmer since, at least 1998, a juggler since 1988 and a human seems 1974. He's keenly interested in writing software that makes other humans lives easier and making technical topics easier to understand and in helping increase the number and variety of humans in technical spaces. Welcome, Sam. SAM:  Thank you. I'm so glad to be here and I'm so glad that you all ambush me with this, so that I didn't have to be all anxious about it for like three days coming up. JOHN:  It's a clever ploy. SAM:  Thank you. JESSICA:  I have a question. Before you are a human, were you a jellyfish? SAM:  Not directly, no, but I came from a jellyfish or at least, part of me did. JESSICA:  Which part is that? SAM:  That would be my brain and your brain too and all of the other signaling mechanisms we use inside our bodies to coordinate them and feel things and laugh and cry and all that good stuff. JESSICA:  Does that give you jellyfish superpowers? SAM:  I wish. No, actually, as it happens, jellyfish just freaked me the fuck right out because they float around in the water and they're blobby and squishy and slimy and they can hurt or even kill you and they don't have brains, so they didn't even know they're doing it. JESSICA:  They don't have brains but yet, we have them in our brains.


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Posted on 7 November 2018 | 5:00 am


103: The Org You Were Born Into with Marcus Blankenship

In this episode, Marcus Blankenship talks about wanting to be in management vs. just ending up in management, the idea of organizational alignment and not agreement, defining the word “boss”, and the up/down managerial hierarchy. This episode is sponsored by Crickstart. They make organic cricket protein bars, gourmet crackers, and fruit smoothie mixes made with organically farmed crickets and other delicious wholesome ingredients. Visit crickstart.com and get 20% off with promo code GREATERTHANCODE! Panelists: Jessica Kerr | Jamey Hampton  | Sam Livingston-Gray Guest Starring: Marcus Blankenship: @justzeros | marcusblankenship.com   Show Notes: 01:12 – Marcus’ Superpower: Helping Engineers Become Good Bosses 02:30 – Bosses Who Don’t Wanna Boss: Ending Up in Management The Peter Principle 10:37 – Are there people who just aren’t cut out for management or leadership? 14:20 – Applying Rationality to Organizations 20:23 – Alignment Not Agreement 24:52 – Is there a safe way to try and fail at management? Trying on Hats Ruby For Good 31:16 – What does “BOSS” mean? Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell 36:03 – The Up/Down of the Hierarchy Metaphors We Live By Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling by Edgar H. Schein   36:03 – What are the skills that good managers have? How do you know if you’re doing a good job? Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager by Michael Lopp Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams by Mickey W. Mantle and Ron Lichty 53:26 – Giving and Receiving Feedback and Support, Reinforcing Behavior, and Focusing Attention Want to help keep us a weekly show, buy and ship you swag, and bring us to conferences near you? Support us via Patreon! Or tell your organization to send sponsorship inquiries to mandy@greaterthancode.com. Reflections: Jamey: Management vs. leadership. Sam: “I need this from you,” vs. “Why didn’t you do this?” Jess: When we react to something, it’s rarely about the thing we think we’re reacting to. Career narratives by Will Larson Additionally, management is like being on stage and you can be uncomfortable in your own role. Marcus: Listening to others is critical and impactful. Also, letting people taste and see what it’s like to be in management and leadership without the commitment. Are you Greater Than Code? Submit guest blog posts to mandy@greaterthancode.com Please leave us a review on iTunes! This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep of DevReps, LLC. To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode. To make a one-time donation so that we can continue to bring you more content and transcripts like this, please do so at paypal.me/devreps. You will also get an invitation to our Slack community this way as well. Amazon links may be affiliate links, which means you’re supporting the show when you purchase our recommendations. Thanks! Transcript: JESSICA:  Good morning. Welcome to Episode #103 of Greater Than Food. I am here today with my friend, Jamey Hampton. JAMEY:  Thank you, Jessica. I think that maybe, you just made a typo out loud. JESSICA:  I never typo out loud. JAMEY:  But maybe, this is actually Episode 103 of Greater Than Code and I'm also here with my friend, Sam Livingston-Gray. SAM:  Why don't we split the difference and go out with a fishy theme and call it Greater Than Cod? JAMEY:  It's a good compromise. SAM:  Right. Enough of that. I'm pleased to introduce our guest today, Marcus Blankenship. Marcus has been a team lead, software manager and CTO for the better part of 19 years. He believes that every programmer deserves a great boss and he's working to build the next generation of technical leaders. Companies like Box, Netflix, PayPal and Atlassian hire him to help their best engineers become great leaders and build h...


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Posted on 31 October 2018 | 5:00 am


102: Sticky in the Flow with Katrina Owen

In this episode, Katrina Owen talks about organization and systematization, motivation by success, and how her past experience in training for circus is parallel to her career in software development. Panelists: Coraline Ada Ehmke | John K. Sawers  | Janelle Klein | Sam Livingston-Gray Guest Starring: Katrina Owen: @kytrinyx | kytrinyx.com | Exercism.io Greater Than Code Episode Episode 008: 99 Bottles of OOP with Sandi Metz and Katrina Owen Show Notes: 01:29 – Katrina’s Superpower: Organizing and Systematizing 09:44 – Motivation by Success The 5 Second Rule | Mel Robbins Procrastination | Mel Robbins 18:04 – Trust and Code Review 27:04 – Systematizing and Refactoring 30:54 – Training for Circus and its Parallels with Software Development and Mentorship and Working with Others Sarah Mei: How We Make Software: A new theory of teams 43:12 – Deliberate Practice and the Appearance of Expertise Want to help keep us a weekly show, buy and ship you swag, and bring us to conferences near you? Support us via Patreon! Or tell your organization to send sponsorship inquiries to mandy@greaterthancode.com. Reflections: John: Short iterations and early feedback as a way of creating and maintaining motivation. Coraline: How to create a sense of psychological safety in code reviews, in particular. Sam: The five-second window in which you can change your behavior and increase motivation. Janelle: Feedback loops as spirals that are reinforcing towards the positive or negative. Katrina: Practicing the craft of programming. Also, Cal Newport's Top Performer Course. Are you Greater Than Code? Submit guest blog posts to mandy@greaterthancode.com Please leave us a review on iTunes! This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep of DevReps, LLC. To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode. To make a one-time donation so that we can continue to bring you more content and interactive transcripts like this, please do so at paypal.me/devreps. You will also get an invitation to our Slack community this way as well. Amazon links may be affiliate links, which means you’re supporting the show when you purchase our recommendations. Thanks! Transcript: CORALINE:  Hello and welcome to Episode 102 of Greater Than Code. My name is Coraline Ada Ehmke. I'm joined today with my dear friend, John Sawers. JOHN:  Thanks, Coraline and I am here with Janelle Klein. JANELLE:  Thanks, John and I am here with my fabulous co-host, Sam Livingston-Gray. I do love saying your name. SAM:  Why, thank you. I do love hearing it. Hello, Janelle and hello listeners. I am super thrilled to be able to introduce Katrina Owen. Katrina is an ecosystem engineer at GitHub. She accidentally became a developer while pursuing a degree in molecular biology. When programming, her focus is on automation, workflow optimization and refactoring. She works primarily in Go and Ruby, contributes to several open source projects and is the creator of the amazing Exercism.io, which is a platform for code practice and programming mentorship. Katrina, welcome to the show. KATRINA:  Thank you. I’m so happy to be here. SAM:  Or perhaps, I should say, welcome back to the show because you were with us back on Episode 8. KATRINA:  That's been a while. SAM:  It really has. CORALINE:  That's like over 50 episodes ago, right? My math isn't great. KATRINA:  Your math could use some work. Yeah, that's right. SAM:  Wait, but I thought you had to be good at math to be a programmer. Unnecessary arithmetic. As you probably remember from last time, Katrina, we like to start by asking everybody what is your superpower and how did you acquire it? And I actually don't remember the answer that you gave, so you can just surprise us all with whatever you like. KATRINA:  I also don't remember the answer that I gave, so here we go again. You know, I pack a mean dishwasher.


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Posted on 24 October 2018 | 5:00 am


101: A Difficult Conversation with Sonia Gupta

In this episode, Sonia Gupta and the panelists have a candid conversation about white supremacy and standing up for your beliefs, advocating for others while staying in your own lane, intersectionality, and who has to ultimately do the work. Panelists: John K. Sawers | Jessica Kerr | Jamey Hampton | Coraline Ada Ehmke Guest Starring: Sonia Gupta:@soniagupta504 Show Notes: 02:02 – Sonia’s Superpower: Talking about white supremacy and dealing with the fallout. 05:27 – Feeling Rightness and Motivation to Stand Up for Your Beliefs 10:15 – Seeing Your Advocacy and Efforts Make a Difference 12:17 – When People Disagree 16:26 – Ingroup vs Outgroup Empathy 21:17 – Intersectionality White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism 26:07 – Navigating Situations with Empathy 28:25 – Staying In Your Own Lane While Advocating For and Amplifying Others 35:39 – Educating Yourself About Race So You Want to Talk About Race Other Resources from Sonia: Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race The History of White People    Damon Jones on racism Adrian Jackson on "not all white  people"   38:39 – Doing The Work   Want to help keep us a weekly show, buy and ship you swag, and bring us to conferences near you? Support us via Patreon! Or tell your organization to send sponsorship inquiries to mandy@greaterthancode.com. Reflections: Jessica: The place for these conversations is not Twitter! Coraline: Personalizing advocacy. Jamey: Our advocacy is powerful because it comes from a place of passion. John: The fixed vs growth mindset in regards to racism. Sonia: We can all be advocates and we can all be actors.   Are you Greater Than Code? Submit guest blog posts to mandy@greaterthancode.com Please leave us a review on iTunes! This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep of DevReps, LLC. To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode. To make a one-time donation so that we can continue to bring you more content and interactive transcripts like this, please do so at paypal.me/devreps. You will also get an invitation to our Slack community this way as well. Amazon links may be affiliate links, which means you’re supporting the show when you purchase our recommendations. Thanks! Transcript: JOHN:  Hello and welcome to the Greater Than Code, Episode 101. I'm here with Jessica Kerr. JAMEY:  Good morning. One hundred and one, yay! I'm happy to be here with Jamey Hampton. JESSICA:  Thank you Jess for your enthusiasm and I'm also happy to be here with my friend, Coraline whose name doesn't start with J. CORALINE:  Oh, no -- 'Joraline.' JESSICA:  Joraline? CORALINE:  Joraline. And our guest today is 'Jonia Gupta.' No. I am so excited about today. Our guest is Sonia Gupta, a dear friend of mine. Sonia is currently a software developer in Denver. Prior to becoming a developer, Sonia was a lawyer in Louisiana. She served as a public defender in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, then as a prosecutor and finally, as an assistant attorney general doing torts and civil rights litigation. Sonia is an outspoken advocate of diversity and inclusion in tech and in life. She's passionate about fostering empathetic and effective communication on engineering teams and believes that even if tech can't always change the world, technologist absolutely can. Sonia, thank you so much for joining us today. SONIA:  Thank you so much for having me. It's really an honor to be with all of you. CORALINE:  Sonia, we always start out our episodes by asking our guest a simple question, what is Big O Notation? I already made that joke. I can't make that joke again. JESSICA:  Just make the same joke every week until we actually start asking about Big O Notation. CORALINE:  Yeah. SONIA:  I have an answer for you. CORALINE:  Oh... SONIA:  It's a thing that is not important to know durin...


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Posted on 17 October 2018 | 5:00 am


100: The Business of Documentation with Jaime Slutzky

In this episode, Jaime Slutzky talks about making pieces of technology work together functionally, working for clients and business owners and then handing over processes and documentation, and what your clients need to know about tech stacks. Panelists: Jamey Hampton | John K. Sawers Guest Starring: Jaime Slutzky: @TechOfBusiness | Tech of Business | Podcast Show Notes: 01:12 – Jaime’s Superpower: Taking complex ideas and figuring out the fastest way from here to there. (i.e.: logistics!) Zapier 05:41 – Tech as a Roadblock 19:44 – Handing Off Responsibilities to Business Owners Process Street The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right Bullet Journals 18:09 – Identifying Ideal Clients and Attitudes Towards Technology 24:40 – Documentation 36:53 – What do clients need to know about technology? Want to help keep us a weekly show, buy and ship you swag, and bring us to conferences near you? Support us via Patreon! Or tell your organization to send sponsorship inquiries to mandy@greaterthancode.com. Reflections: John: Documentation is important. Jamey: Getting tech recommendations from people you trust, pick one, and do it. Don’t be paralyzed by indecision. Jaime: Document in isolation. Are you Greater Than Code? Submit guest blog posts to mandy@greaterthancode.com Please leave us a review on iTunes! This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep of DevReps, LLC. To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode. To make a one-time donation so that we can continue to bring you more content and interactive transcripts like this, please do so at paypal.me/devreps. You will also get an invitation to our Slack community this way as well. Amazon links may be affiliate links, which means you’re supporting the show when you purchase our recommendations. Thanks! Transcript: JAMEY:  Hello, listeners. I have a really exciting news because I would love to welcome you to Episode 100 of Greater Than Code. Yay! One hundred episodes. JOHN:  Yay! JAMEY:  I am one of your host, Jamey Hampton and I'm here with my friend, John K Sawers. JOHN:  Thanks, Jamey and I'm so excited to be here on Episode 100. Our guest is Jaime Slutzky. She is a virtual CTO, providing tech strategy and implementation services. She integrates software systems for creative but out of the box entrepreneurs, so they can spend their time and energy creating content and engaging with their clients. She thrives by removing tech as a barrier to letting her client’s visions shine through. Jaime hosts the Tech of Business Podcast where she showcases the role of software and technology in businesses of every size and shape. Welcome to the show, Jaime. JAIME:  Thank you so much for having me. This is going to be a fun conversation because I love code but I love so much more than that too. JAMEY:  Then you're perfect for the show. I want to start out with the question that we often start out with, that always start with which is what is your superpower and how did you acquire it? JAIME:  My superpower is taking complex ideas and just figuring out the fastest way from here to there. Honestly and truly, I can look at a complicated system, I can look at the scenario of driving my kid to carpool or a complete computer system. It doesn't matter and I figure out the best possible way and I think that that came about out of necessity because I had to find my place in the world. I don't know. I mean, it's kind of strange but it works pretty well in business and in life and everything. JAMEY:  Yeah, that sounds like 'useful in all situations' superpower. JAIME:  It's helpful for sure. The biggest challenge that I had with it is that I couldn't figure it out for this school year, for my daughter, to be able for my older daughter to dance and so I have pivoted her entire schedule so that she and I get one-on-one time that we were going to have if she dance.


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Posted on 10 October 2018 | 5:00 am


099: The Knowledge You Possess with Stephanie Morillo

In this episode, Stephanie Morillo talks about content strategy, technical writing, organizing and optimizing company internal systems, and that you need to give yourself more credit for the things you’ve already accomplished! Panelists: Jamey Hampton | John K. Sawers | Coraline Ada Ehmke Guest Starring: Stephanie Morillo: @radiomorillo | stephaniemorillo | #WOCinTechChat Show Notes: 02:40 – Stephanie’s Superpower: Intellectual Curiosity 13:06 – On Being a Content PM, Technical Writer, and Ruby Together Core Team Member @azureadvocates Ruby Together 19:44 – Validating Open Source Software Contribution Write the Docs Slack Community 24:27 – Filtering Feedback 28:14 – The Importance of Content Strategy Greater Than Code Episode 088: The Safety 2 Dance with Steven Shorrock 43:24 – Don’t Minimize Yourself! (Psst: You’re awesome!) One of the best (and worst) things about working in tech is how easy it is to get excited by something and wanting to learn it—right up until your brain tells you you're not doing enough, work harder, leading you to get overwhelmed with just how much there is to learn. 🙃 — Stephanie Morillo (@radiomorillo) September 24, 2018 Coraline's low-friction task management system Want to help keep us a weekly show, buy and ship you swag, and bring us to conferences near you? Support us via Patreon! Or tell your organization to send sponsorship inquiries to mandy@greaterthancode.com. Reflections: John: Understanding the teams you’re working with better. Coraline: The power of dreams. Jamey: The value of being able to know when people in your life are interacting with you in good faith. Stephanie: Figuring out the “why”. RubyMe Are you Greater Than Code? Submit guest blog posts to mandy@greaterthancode.com Please leave us a review on iTunes! This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep of DevReps, LLC. To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode. To make a one-time donation so that we can continue to bring you more content and interactive transcripts like this, please do so at paypal.me/devreps. You will also get an invitation to our Slack community this way as well. Amazon links may be affiliate links, which means you’re supporting the show when you purchase our recommendations. Thanks! Transcript: JAMEY:  Hello everyone and welcome to Episode 99 of Greater Than Code. We are so close to 100. It's very exciting. I am one of your hosts, Jamey Hampton and I am here with another one of your host, John K Sawers. JOHN:  Thanks Jamey and I am here with Coraline Ada Ehmke. CORALINE:  That's a blatant lie and you know it. JOHN:  I only lie when I'm on a podcast. CORALINE:  Okay. I am happy to introduce our guests today, Stephanie Morillo. Stephanie is a content PM at Microsoft and an empress of documentation at Ruby Together. She first got into tech in 2012 when a fellow Dominican developer from the Bronx taught her how to code. In the time sense, she's been employed at various startups working at the intersection where developers and communicators meet. In 2015, she co-founded the Women of Color in Tech Chat with Christina Morillo and through the initiative, they released a collection of hundreds of free stock images of women of color technologists, which I have used to my slides. Thank you. She's spoken at various tech conferences, written a number pieces on the tech industry. For Model View Culture, serves as a copy editor for an O'Reilly title, is guest editing an upcoming issue of the Recompiler Magazine and is currently a member of the Bundler core team. She's also finishing up a master’s degree in user experience design. Stephanie is passionate about open source, good food, reading fiction and constantly learning. Well, I can say Stephanie that your bio isn't quite up to the caliber of people that we usually have on the show. We like people who actually do things and it sounds li...


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Posted on 3 October 2018 | 5:00 am


098: Designing For Inclusion with Jenny Shen

In this episode, Jenny Shen talks about not giving a f*ck and why that’s okay, design and UX for international users, paid mentorship, and the intersection between privilege and open source. Panelists: Jamey Hampton | Jessica Kerr | Sam Livingston-Gray Guest Starring: Jenny Shen: @jennyshen | jennyshen.com Show Notes: 01:51 – Jenny’s Superpower: Not Giving a F*ck and Sticking Up For Others The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life 05:00 – Living a Remote Lifestyle and Cross-Cultural Communication 08:34 – Design and UX For International Users / Research for Local Users 18:08 – Designing to Include All People: Is it possible? 27:07 – Paid Mentorship Sunk Cost Fallacy 34:32 – Offering Mentorship Scholarships 37:15 – Privilege and Open Source Ruby Together 40:22 – Advice for People Looking to Freelance and Work Remotely   Want to help make us a weekly show, buy and ship you swag, and bring us to conferences near you? Support us via Patreon! Or tell your organization to send sponsorship inquiries to mandy@greaterthancode.com. Reflections: Jamey:  Weaponizing the sunk cost fallacy for themself. Sam: The importance of humans in tech and tech culture. Jessica: The difference between internationalization and localization. Jenny: Scholarships as a way to signal and inform other people what she values and what she wants to promote. Are you Greater Than Code? Submit guest blog posts to mandy@greaterthancode.com Please leave us a review on iTunes! This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep of DevReps, LLC. To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode. To make a one-time donation so that we can continue to bring you more content and interactive transcripts like this, please do so at paypal.me/devreps. You will also get an invitation to our Slack community this way as well. Amazon links may be affiliate links, which means you’re supporting the show when you purchase our recommendations. Thanks! Transcript: JAMEY:  Hello everyone and welcome to Episode 98 of Greater Than Code, a very exciting number. I'm one of your hosts, Jamey Hampton and I'm here with one of my great friends, Jesitron. JESSICA:  Yey! JAMEY:  Jess has a last name but I just blanked on. JESSICA:  [Laughs] JAMEY:  She's done it to me like a hundred times, so I don't feel bad. JESSICA:  Right, because you are [crosstalk]. SAM:  [Laughs] JAMEY:  Jessica Kerr. I got it. JESSICA:  Thank you. That's okay. Twitter as the unique ID, totally useful and I'm happy to be here today with geek Sam, also known as Sam Livingston-Gray. SAM:  Yey! It's so great to be back. Thank you, Jessica and I am super pleased to introduce our guest today, Jenny Shen. Jenny Shen is an independent Senior UX and Product Designer who has worked with startups and globally recognized brands and she's received the Top 40 Under 40 honor from Girls in Tech Taiwan. She's given speeches and workshops in more than 10 different countries and has lectured at National Tsing Hua University and Simon Fraser University. She loves helping newcomers in UX to grow and she has a mentorship program to make that happen. In her spare time, she also advocates for diversity and works on global strategy as the Regional Director of EMEA at Ladies that UX, an international non-profit organization active in over 50 cities around the world. Jenny, welcome to the show. JENNY:  Hi, everyone. I'm excited to be here. JESSICA:  Yey! Are you from Taiwan but now you're in Amsterdam? JENNY:  Yeah. I was born in Taiwan and also I have a background of moving abroad, living in different countries but now I am in Amsterdam. JESSICA:  I want to ask more about that but I know Sam is excited to ask the important question. SAM:  Yes. Jenny, what is your superpower and how did you acquire it? JENNY:  My superpower, in my understanding,


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Posted on 20 September 2018 | 5:00 am


097: The Job of a Manager with Brandon Hays

Brandon Hays talks about mentorship, management, and leadership skills, as well as maintaining relationships with people, climbing the tech ladder, strategizing career growth. Panelists: Coraline Ada Ehmke | Astrid Countee | John Sawers Guest Starring: Brandon Hays: @tehviking | blog Show Notes: 00:43 – Brandon’s Superpower: Helping Other People Discover Their Own Superpower 02:04 – Maintaining Relationships When People Change Jobs So Frequently 04:31 – Climbing The Corporate Tech Ladder and Strategizing Career Growth 10:25 – Mentorship and Power Disparity 19:00 – Management and Leadership Skills The Manager's Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change 10 Traits of a Great Manager, According to Google's Internal Research (Project Oxygen) 23:22 – Solving Problems Regardless of Job Title 27:50 – Preservation of Context 31:01 – Becoming a Manager…and Being Bad at it! 32:58 – The New Manager’s Toolkit Radical Candor   35:08 – Techniques for Managing From Below to Influence Your Manager   oooooh pic.twitter.com/x3v1jfq2no — 🔎Julia Evans🔍 (@b0rk) August 23, 2018 38:19 – Engineers and Business-level Input Want to help make us a weekly show, buy and ship you swag, and bring us to conferences near you? Support us via Patreon! Or tell your organization to send sponsorship inquiries to mandy@greaterthancode.com. Reflections: John: The deeply ingrained thread in “nerd” and “geek” culture how terrible managers are. Astrid: The power dynamics that exist that are untapped in engineering. Coraline: What kind of technical contribution do I want to leave as my legacy? Brandon: Translating skills from previous careers to new careers. Not Applicable: What Your Job Post is Really Saying Are you Greater Than Code? Submit guest blog posts to mandy@greaterthancode.com Please leave us a review on iTunes! This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep of DevReps, LLC. To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode. To make a one-time donation so that we can continue to bring you more content and interactive transcripts like this, please do so at paypal.me/devreps. You will also get an invitation to our Slack community this way as well. Amazon links may be affiliate links, which means you’re supporting the show when you purchase our recommendations. Thanks! Transcript: CORALINE:  Hello and welcome to Episode 97 of Greater Than Code. My name is Coraline Ada Ehmke. I'm here with Astrid Countee. ASTRID:  Thank you, Coraline and I'm also here with friend, John Sawers. JOHN:  Thank you, Astrid and I'm here to introduce our guest, Brandon Hays. Brandon left the world of marketing to find that creating software made him happy. Brandon lives in Austin, Texas where he leads teams and tries to help make the world of technology a more humane place. Welcome to show, Brandon. BRANDON:  Hi. Thank you so much. CORALINE:  Brandon? BRANDON:  Yes. CORALINE:  What is your superpower and how did you develop it? BRANDON:  This is going to sound a little too on the nose but I really do think that my superpower is helping other people discover their superpower. It is pretty much my favorite activity: sitting down with somebody and understanding what motivates them and what impact that they hope to have and what they care about and helping them combine that with attributes about themselves that are special. We don't always feel special but I think everybody knows there's something about them that special in that confluence of something about them that is either weaknesses that they've worked on so much that they become strengths or natural strengths that they've worked on that confluence of that. Their interests and their desired impact on the world and something that the world really needs is really fun to help people uncover. CORALINE:  You're like the Professor Xavier of the software development world.


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Posted on 12 September 2018 | 5:00 am