Greater Than Code

by Greater Than Code

because #peoplematter

  

Latest Episodes

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!


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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


096: Resilience Engineering with John Allspaw

John Allspaw talks about the intersection of people, technology, and work, variety and complexity, and the importance of generating context-specific questions.


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Posted on 5 September 2018 | 5:00 am


095: Cleaning House with Heidi Waterhouse

Heidi Waterhouse joins the show to talk about developer relations, life hacks for ADD, and the similarities between housekeeping and code review.


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Posted on 29 August 2018 | 5:00 am


094: Humans All The Way Down with April Wensel

April Wensel talks about compassion: living according to your values, changing social makeups of teams, conscious business, and self-compassion and forgiveness.


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Posted on 22 August 2018 | 5:00 am


093: BOOK CLUB! Cybernetic Revolutionaries with Eden Medina

In this book club episode, we talk to Eden Medina: author of Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende's Chile about speaking as an expert, sociotechnical engineering, and of course, cybernetics. We have interactive show transcripts! Powered by Gretta.


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Posted on 15 August 2018 | 5:00 am


092: A11y Ally with Rob DeLuca

In this episode, Rob DeLuca talks about ambition, designing and testing for accessibility on the web, hard problems vs squishy problems, and moving from a developer role into a bussiness-y roll within a company.


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Posted on 8 August 2018 | 5:00 am


091: Solving Puzzles and Productive Failure with Kim Vanderspek

In this episode, Kim Vanderspek talks about solving puzzles and teaching others to do the same by using technology to visualize math by quilting, sewing, Playdough, and other mediums. She also explains why failure is an important part of success, and why perseverance matters over content.


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Posted on 1 August 2018 | 5:00 am


090: The Journey with Chelsea Troy

In this episode, Chelsea Troy joins the show to talk about measuring participation in meetings, cultivating questions kindly without assumption or judgement, and the problem with claiming to be “self-taught”.


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Posted on 25 July 2018 | 8:00 am