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113: Privilege as Legacy Code with Amr

In this episode, Amr talks about the fact that it’s not just code: people need to own their privilege and use it for good by calling out others, being good allies, and avoiding biases.   If you like Greater Than Code, you should check out The Transatlantic Cable Podcast from Kaspersky Lab. They condense the most interesting InfoSec and Cybersecurity news in 20 minutes or less! Check it out and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Panelists: John K. Sawers | Christina Morillo | Coraline Ada Ehmke Special Guest: Amr: @amrAbdelwahab Amr is an African Egyptian native who crossed continents to work with his passion in digital environments. Amr's interests span technology, tech-communities, politics and politics in tech, all enriched through various software engineering roles in Egypt, Hungary and Germany. Amr Abdelwahab - An empathy exercise: contextualising the question of privilege (EuRuKo 2018 Video) Show Notes: 01:53 – Amr’s Superpower: Seeing the bigger picture. 04:24 – It’s Not Just Code 11:18 – Privilege 17:37 – Strategies For People with Privilege Who Are Open to Learning 22:57 – Why Diversity Matters and Avoiding Burnout 27:24 – Biases, Allyship, and Calling Out Others Implicit Bias Test Reflections: John: The metaphor of sexism and racism and cultural baggage being legacy code. Christina: Listen and learn. Also, pushing organizations to contribute to bigger things, but making sure they understand why they are doing it, and not doing it blindly. Coraline: We are currently living in an “unnatural state”. Equality is the natural state and we need to return to that. Amr: The ability to have a politics-free life is a privilege of its own. 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 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!


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Posted on 16 January 2019 | 5:00 am


112: Dancing About Vulnerability with Marcel Byrd

In this episode, Marcel Byrd talks about the intersection of public health and art, authenticity and vulnerability, reading a room and determining safety, and the beauty of dance. Panelists: Avdi Grimm | Astrid Countee | Coraline Ada Ehmke | Jessica Kerr Special Guest: Marcel Byrd: LinkedIn Marcel Byrd is a public health and arts advocate originally from Atlanta, Georgia, but currently residing in D.C. Through his work, Marcel is curious to further articulate and foster the relationship between public health, systems-level social change, and dance. Show Notes: 00:53 – Marcel’s Superpower: An Explosive Relationship with Laughter 01:45 – The Intersection of Public Health and Art 06:36 – Authenticity and Vulnerability; Bringing Your Whole Self While Remaining Professional 14:59 – Reading a Room and Determining Safety for Being Vulnerable & Making it Safe for People Around You While Being Vulnerable 19:41 – The Beauty of Dance 30:58 – Seeing and Being Outside The Box 38:57 – Gaining Confidence While Retaining Humility Reflections: Astrid: The feedback loop can’t be, “I’m only going to keep doing this if I’m positively affirmed.” Coraline: Vulnerability is scalable. Avdi: Being the person on the dance floor not necessarily nailing their moves perfectly, but that has a big smile on their face regardless. Jessica: Imagination is paramount to creating a better world. Marcel: Articulating the importance of art, creativity, and vulnerability. 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 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: AVDI:  Hello, this is Episode 112 of Greater Than Code. I am Avdi Grimm and with me is Astrid Countee. ASTRID:  Thank you, Avdi and I'm also here with my great friend, Coraline Ada Ehmke. CORALINE:  Hey, everybody. Also here today is Jessica Kerr. JESSICA:  Good morning and I am happy to be here today with our guest Marcel Byrd. Marcel is a public health and arts advocate, originally from Atlanta, Georgia but currently residing in DC. Through his work, Marcel is curious to further articulate and foster the relationship between public health, systems level social change, and dance. Welcome to the show, Marcel. MARCEL:  Hi. Thank you for having me. JESSICA:  We're so glad you're here and we're very curious to learn what is your superpower and how did you acquire it? MARCEL:  Something about me, I'm usually very easy for me to laugh. I'm very much someone that finds everything hilarious and certainly, it definitely helps with that social interactions and stuff like that. I would say, sort of a really explosive relationship with laughter and acquired that through just being in this body for 25 years. JESSICA:  Awesome. CORALINE:  Jessica is known for laughter too and enthusiasm and it's wonderful. JESSICA:  That's a beautiful superpower -- finding everything hilarious. CORALINE:  It's also a great survival tactic for the times that we live in. MARCEL:  Yeah. That's very real. JESSICA:  No kidding. CORALINE:  Marcel, I'm really interested in hearing about the intersection of public health and arts. What can you tell me about that? MARCEL:  My background historically,


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Posted on 9 January 2019 | 5:00 am


111: Thermodynamics of Emotion with Thomas Perry

In this episode, Thomas Perry talks about thermodynamics of emotion. Observing animal and human behavior is also discussed, as well as organizational restructuring, Flow and how it moves through systems, and alignment in appetite and emotion. Panelists: John K. Sawers | Janelle Klein | Rein Henrichs | Jessica Kerr Special Guest: Thomas Perry: @tlperry | LinkedIn | agiletools.wordpress.com Tom has been working as a transformation agent in software development for over 20 years. He has worked on teams at startup companies, large corporations in the Fortune 100 and the State and Federal Government. His background includes testing, development, project/program management, agile coaching/mentoring and training. As part of his involvement in the greater agile community, he led the Seattle eastside chapter of the Agile Project Leadership Network as well as recently creating the Open Agile Management conference in Seattle. He is a speaker and author on Agile topics in local and international forums. He wrote "The Little Book of Impediments" which can be found on www.leanpub.com. Show Notes: 01:30 – Tom’s Superpower: Hot Toddies, Eccentricity, and Talking to Animals! 04:42 – Observing Animal vs Humans Behavior and Organizational Restructuring Participant Observation 10:25 – Looking For Genuine Change, Empowering Workers, and the Conflation of the terms Boss and Manager The Toyota Way Adrian Bejan: The Constructal Law Your Dog Is Your Mirror: The Emotional Capacity of Our Dogs and Ourselves by Kevin Behan   Brandt Stickley 23:20 – Flow and How it Moves Through Systems Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organizations by Adrian Bejan 33:45 – Predictive and Explanatory Power The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn 37:40 – Breaking Things Down 43:37 – Alignment in Appetite and Emotion Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values 52:08 – Defining Quality 01:02:21 – Emotional Metaphors and Sensory Inputs DevOpsDays Boston 2017- Your Emotional API by John Sawers Reflections: Jessica: When the language gets woo-ey, the ideas might be new-y. Rein: Quality is individual and personal. It is subjective and intersubjective. Thomas: The best ideas are often found in uncomfortable places. John: Systems of living things are living systems. Janelle: Don’t assume you understand anything immediately when you walk into a room. Let that understanding be emergent through the process of observation. 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 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:  Welcome to Greater Than Code, Episode 111. I'm John Sawers and I am here with my co-host, Janelle Klein. JANELLE:  Thanks, John and I am here with my co-host, Rein Henrichs. REIN:  Thanks Janelle and I am here with my co-host, Jessica Kerr. JESSICA:  Thanks, Rein and I am here with our guest today, Tom Perry. Tom has been working as a transformation agent in software development for over 20 years. He has worked on teams at startup companies, large corporations, and the state and federal government. His background includes testing, development,


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Posted on 2 January 2019 | 5:00 am


110: Human Incident Response with Courtney Eckhardt

In this episode, Courtney Eckhardt talks about incident response: how we talk and interact with people who are affected by crappy things. She also talks about disabilities in the workplace and professional spaces, the tension between accessibility and security, and incident retrospectives and defensiveness as a natural instinct to feedback. A Word From Our Sponsor: Check out this 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 a wide diversity of guests, including Engineers, Entrepreneurs, and Creators of all types. You can see their bios at localmaxradio.com, and subscribe to the Local Maximum podcast wherever you listen! Panelists: John K. Sawers | Sam Livingston-Gray | Jamey Hampton | Coraline Ada Ehmke Special Guest: Courtney Eckhardt: @hashoctothorpe Courtney Eckhardt has spent time working in system administration, tech support, internet anti-abuse, and incident response.  She was one of the founding members of the feminist makerspace Seattle Attic and served on its board, and she's participated in the Apparel Manufacturing Boot Camp at Albuquerque Fashion Incubator multiple times.  Courtney is currently an incident response specialist at Heroku, and she gives conference talks about incident response, incident retrospectives, and having a healthy operations culture. RubyConf 2018 - Retrospectives for Humans by Courtney Eckhardt Show Notes: 01:16 – Courtney’s Superpower: Explaining things. 06:50 – Incident Response: How we talk to people how are are affected by incidents Other Great Incident Response GTC Episodes! 088: The Safety 2 Dance with Steven Shorrock 096: Resilience Engineering with John Allspaw 13:52 – Disabilities in the Workplace and Professional Spaces 20:25 – The Tension Between Accessibility and Security 23:20 – Developing Coping Skills in Response to a Troubled Childhood / Combatting the Feeling of Being Othered 29:16 – Incident Retrospectives and Defensiveness as a Natural Instinct to Feedback 35:29 – Showing Vulnerability "In order to understand what another person is saying, you must assume it is true and try to imagine what it could be true of." - George Armitage Miller 43:56 – Emotional Response Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror Mental Health First Aid Reflections: John: Trauma doesn’t stay in the past. Trauma has a continuous effect on our lives. Coraline: Thinking about therapy and frame it as a blameless retrospective. Sam: Referring to “post mortems” as “retrospectives” and buying the book Agile Retrospectives. (Future book club episode?!) Jamey: Even if you’re not changing things in a higher level, you can still help on a direct level. Courtney: Group therapy and handling retrospectives. 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 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:  Welcome to Greater Than Code, Episode 110. I'm John Sawers. I'm here with my friend Sam Livingston-Gray.


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Posted on 19 December 2018 | 5:00 am


109: Tech Fashion Part 2 with Jaya Iyer of Svaha

In this episode, Jaya Iyer of Svaha, a company known for their STEAM prints and dresses with pockets, talks about the lack of science and tech-themed clothing (especially for children), how personal of a choice clothing is, and the importance of expressing yourself and shattering stereotypes and social norms. A Word From Our Sponsor: 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: Rein Henrichs | John K. Sawers Special Guest: Jaya Iyer: @SvahaUSA | Facebook | Svaha Retailing in Emerging Markets Textbook Show Notes: 01:11 – Jaya’s Superpower: Changing situations for the better. 02:54 – What does it take to change things? 99 Percent Invisible - Pockets: Articles of Interest #3 06:37 – The Lack of Science and Technology-Themed Clothing (Especially for Children) 08:30 – How Personal of a Choice Clothing Is -- The Importance of Expressing Yourself and Shattering Stereotypes and Social Norms 25:07 – Breaking Existing Customer Feedback Systems in Order to Expand 30:06 – Starting a Business like Svaha Svaha Kickstarter Campaign 39:03 – Coming in 2019.... 41:34 – Business Challenges Reflections: John: How important it is to have clothing that can really express who you are and validate the parts of your identity that you want socially validated. Rein: All opportunities are unique to everyone. Jaya: The first time you fail does not mean you will fail every time. Never give up. 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 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: REIN:  Welcome to Episode 109 of the Greater Than Code Podcast. I'm Rein Henrichs. I’m here with my good friend, John Sawers. JOHN:  Thanks Rein and I'm here to introduce our guest, Jaya Iyer. Jaya is originally from India, however, she was inspired to live the American dream. She moved to the US from India carrying nothing but a backpack of her belongings, along with the mountain of ambition. She worked hard, obtained a PhD in Fashion Merchandising from Iowa City University. She taught fashion buying and wrote a textbook in the fashion and in emerging markets, which is widely used in universities. She's also worked in apparel manufacturing and exporting. She's a former apparel buyer for the cult favorite, ThinkGeek which I love, thanks to the inspiration from her daughter. Jaya founded Svaha and became determined to change the landscape of apparel. Jaya is the proud mother of two young children and enjoy nurturing her children's interest through fashion, adventure, science and social responsibility. She is a world traveler and an artist. Welcome to the show, Jaya. JAYA:  Thank you so much for having me. JOHN:  The question we always start the show with is, what is your superpower and how did you acquire it? JAYA:  I think that my superpower is being able to change any situation for the better. For example, the whole idea of how I started this company was a situation that I was put into by my daughter.


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Posted on 12 December 2018 | 5:00 am


108: Tech Fashion Part 1 with Kayte Malik of Dress Code

In this episode, Kayte Malik, of Dress Code, shares the mission of her company: to empower more girls and women to get involved in coding through creation and innovation. Kayte and the panelists discuss confidence, owning your accomplishments, and debunking the myth that code, tech, and STEM are for boys only. A word from our sponsor: What would it look like if we all… listened more? Listening to audiobooks inspires us, motivates us, even brings us closer. And there's no better place to listen, than Audible. Audible has the largest selection of audiobooks on the planet. And now, Audible members get more than ever before: each month you get 3 titles of their choice; 1 audiobook, 2 Audible Originals, and fitness programs that you can't get anywhere else. There's never been a better time to experience Audible. Right now, for a limited time, you can get 3 months of Audible for just $6.95 a month. That's more than half off the regular price. Give yourself the gift of listening. And while you're at it, think about giving the gift of Audible to someone on your list. For more information go to audible.com/greaterthancode or text GREATERTHANCODE to 500 500. Our next book club book is going to be Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig and guess what? It's on Audible! Download it and read along with us and get ready for us to discuss this wonderful book in 2019! Panelists: Coraline Ada Ehmke | John K. Sawers Special Guest: Kayte Malik: @KayteMalik | Dress Code Show Notes: 00:57 – Kayte’s Superpower: Taking Something That Doesn’t Exist & Making It Real 02:12 – Having Confidence 06:45 – Paying Closer Attention to Your Accomplishments lftm 08:30 – Dress Code at a Tactical Level 11:43 – The Intersection of Fashion and Coding 10 Cloverfield Lane 15:52 – Wearable Technology and Biotechnology 17:09 – Creation and Paving The Way For Women in Tech 23:17 – In-Home Coding Parties/Pop Up Shops 26:37 – Program and Course Feedback 29:57 – Debunking The Myth That Technology, Science, and STEM is For Boys 34:53 – Sign up to be find out about Holiday Promotions! 37:00 – The Gift of Innovation: Tech for Marginalized People and Communities 39:55 – Coming in 2019.... Reflections: John: Framing coding as an in-home, fun, party activity vs a classroom activity. Coraline: Focusing on your accomplishments and building confidence through positive self-talk. Kayte: Fashion tech and retail tech is exciting! 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 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 108 of the Greater Than Code Podcast. My name is Coraline Ada Ehmke and I'm joined today by my co-host, John Sawers. JOHN:  Thanks, Coraline and I'm here to introduce our guest, Kayte Malik. She is the CEO and founder of Dress Code Tech. Dress Code believes that there is beauty in innovation and technology. The company merges fashion and technology to excite and educate women and girls about computer science, coding and STEM. She was named Remodista's 2018 List of Women2Watch in Business Disruption Worldwide and the winner of the 2018 Innovation Award. Welcome to the show, Kayte.


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Posted on 5 December 2018 | 5:00 am


Special Edition: Ruby Together – LIVE! from RubyConf 2018

Ruby Together This special episode of Greater Than Code was recorded in-person during RubyConf in Los Angeles on November 15th. Ruby Together's Executive Director, André Arko, was joined by board members, Jonan Scheffler, Valerie Woolard Srinivasan, and Adarsh Pandit. They discussed recent changes to the organization, including André's decision to step down from the board into the executive director position, the RubyMe mentorship program, and a preview of awesome new things to come.     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 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: JONAN:  Hello and welcome to a very special edition of Greater Than Code today, featuring the board of Ruby Together, which is a fantastic organization. We're going to learn more about them in a moment. First, I'd like everyone to introduce themselves, if you would please. Who are you, sir? ANDRÉ:  Hi, I'm André Arko. I am known as 'Indirect' on the Internet of Things. You may have heard of some things that I worked on, including Bundler and Ruby Gems and I started Ruby Together. JONAN:  You started Ruby Together? ANDRÉ:  I started Ruby Together. JONAN:  This thing that I'm on the board of you actually began. I was joking. I have heard of Bundler and Ruby Gems. They're both pretty important pieces of Ruby structure generally, so thank you for your contributions. ANDRÉ:  Great. I'm glad to hear that you have heard of it. JONAN:  I assume that's where that Bundler command that I can never seem to find because my Gem path is always wrong. I'm really bad at managing my dependencies, apparently. And you? ADARSH:  Hi, I'm others Adarsh Pandit. I’m also on the board of Ruby Together. I'm a Ruby developer and consultant and I run an agency called Cylinder.Digital. JONAN:  Cylinder.Digital is your agency where you consult, primarily in what space? What sort of things you do work on? ADARSH:  We build custom web software for business problems like everybody else. JONAN:  So if my business is the kind of business that occasionally has any problem at all, they could contact you and you will meet that challenge. ADARSH:  That's correct, Jonan. JONAN:  Excellent. And you, who are you? VALERIE:  I'm Valerie Woolard Srinivasan, which is a mouthful, I'm sorry. I'm a Rails developer as well. I work at Panoply on the Megaphone software, which is actually for podcasters. JONAN:  And Megaphone is fascinating. You were telling me about this. It lets you do all sort of dynamic things which are podcast things. VALERIE:  Yes. All sorts of dynamic things. IT can do dynamic ad insertion, geotargeting and things like that. JONAN:  Can you change my voice to make me sound better? VALERIE:  Not in Megaphone but in other software. JONAN:  The possibility exists -- VALERIE:  That's a thing, yeah. JONAN:  A feature coming soon on suggestion of -- VALERIE:  Yeah, maybe like a Mickey Mouse -- JONAN:  Okay. I'm sure that our listeners would love that. VALERIE:  Yeah. JONAN:  And I guess, finally I am Jonan Scheffler, a new member of the Ruby Together board. I joined a few months ago right in the midst of a very complicated conference season,


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Posted on 3 December 2018 | 5:00 am


107: The Ruby Central Opportunity Scholarship Program

This episode was recorded live at RubyConf in Los Angeles. We talked to special guests, Jennifer Tran, Christine Seeman, and Jeremy Schuurmans about the Ruby Central Opportunity Scholarship Program. Check out this 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 a wide diversity of guests, including Engineers, Entrepreneurs, and Creators of all types. You can see their bios at localmaxradio.com, and subscribe to the Local Maximum podcast wherever you listen! Panelists: Jamey Hampton | John K. Sawers | Sam Livingston-Gray Special Guests: Jennifer Tran: @jenniferstudies | GitHub | Acorns Jeremy Schuurmans: @JMSchuurmans | Flatiron School Christine Seeman: @tech_christine | christine-seeman.com | Flywheel Show Notes: The Ruby Central Opportunity Scholarship/Guide Program 02:13 – Superpowers: Flying, Changing Diapers, and Empathy! 03:21 – Scholars’ Favorite Parts of the Conference 06:58 – Conferencing as an Introvert: Having Conference Buddies! 08:06 – Meeting New People 10:15 – Challenges of Conferencing 11:55 – Navigating Conference Parties and the General Hubbub 17:35 – Overcoming Pressure 21:09 – Lightning Talks 26:31 – Live Mob Programming Event 30:07 – Advice For Future Scholars 34:50 – Coming to Tech From Different Backgrounds and All Walks of Life 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 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:  Hi, everyone and welcome to Greater Than Code. This is a very exciting episode. We're all here in person, which is not normally how we record, at RubyConf in LA, so it's very exciting. I'm Jamey Hampton and I'm here with John K Sawers. JOHN:  Thank you, Jamey and I'm here with Jennifer Tran. JENNIFER:  Thank you. I'm Jennifer Tran and I'm a junior software engineer at Acorns and I would like to introduce Jeremy. JEREMY:  Hi, I'm Jeremy Schuurmans. I'm from Portland, Oregon and I'm a student at Flatiron School and I'd like to introduce Christine. CHRISTINE:  Hi, I'm Christine Seeman. I am from Omaha, Nebraska and I work at Flywheel. We do WordPress hosting for creatives and I would like to introduce to you, to Sam. SAM:  Hi, I'm Sam Livingston-Gray and I'd like you thought you could get away from but no. As mentioned, this is a very special episode. We are at RubyConf and we thought it would be fun to talk to some participants in Ruby Central's Opportunity Scholarship Program and what's that you asked? ALL:  What's that, Sam? What's that? SAM:  This is a program that was introduced, I think at RailsConf in 2013 and the idea is that as part of efforts to bring new people into the Ruby community who are otherwise, underrepresented or under-indexed in tech, the program involves finding people and giving them a free ticket and for some conferences, sponsors can be found to help with travel expenses as well, which is really cool. Participants get admission to the conference and they also get paired up with a guide who is, at least a slightly more experienced member of ...


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Posted on 28 November 2018 | 5:00 am


106: Taking Up Space with Laurie Barth

In this episode, Laurie Barth talks about why it’s good to be a timesuck (aka taking up space and demanding the attention that you need from others), refining interviewing and hiring processes, whether learning is a skill or a mindset, and overcoming demoralization and overwhelm. 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: Jamey Hampton | John K. Sawers Special Guest: Laurie Barth: @laurieontech | laurieontech.com | Girls Who Code | Ten Mile Square Show Notes: 01:20 – Laurie’s Superpower: Being a Timesuck Impostor Syndrome 08:44 – Interviewing and Hiring Developers Effectively 12:24 – Creating False Negatives: Turning Down Candidates Prematurely 18:11 – Interviewing: Working With Existing Codebases and Asking Questions About Values RailsConf 2018: The Code-Free Developer Interview by Pete Holiday 22:59 – How ^^ Advice Pertains to Different Sized Companies 25:54 – Getting the Entire Team Involved in Hiring Processes: People First, Technology Second 29:05 – YOU CAN USE GOOGLE!!! (It’s Not Cheating!) 33:55 – Coding: Smartness vs Patience; Coming From Non-Coding Backgrounds (and why it’s a good thing!) Set Design: Putting the "Art" in "Architecture" by Betsy Haibel 45:14 – Learning: Skill or Mindset? / Overcoming Demoralization and Overwhelm Everything Is Broken, and It's OK - John Sawers 49:43 – Keeping a Developer Journal and Dealing with Past Development Baggage Reflections: Laurie: Check out the talks we’ve linked to! Also, working together to make our industry not just accessible, but livable, enjoyable, and exciting. Jamey: Refining the interviewing and hiring process and thinking about how we evaluate the people we talk to. John: Take up space and demand the attention that you need. 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 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. Thanks for tuning in. You're listening to Episode 106 of Greater Than Code. I'm Jamey Hampton and I'm here with my friend and fellow panelist, John K Sawers. JOHN:  Thank you, Jamey and I'm here to induce our guest, Laurie Barth. Laurie is a software engineer who started as a mathematician. Depending on the day, she can be found using any number of technologies to solve from different languages to frameworks to other support groups. She currently works as a developer and consultant with Ten Mile Square Technologies in the DC Metro area. In 2017, a local first-year conference was soliciting speakers to talk about Legacy system replacement. As a female engineer, Laurie wanted to give more diverse speakers on the stage and decided to submit a talk based on the large and varied legacy systems that she had worked with over the years. From there, she was bit by the speaking bug. Now, Laurie travels around, speaking about a variety of technical challenges she has faced in her career. In her free time, she involves herself in local technology groups, including facilitating the Girls Who Code Club,


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Posted on 21 November 2018 | 5:00 am