Greater Than Code

by Mandy Moore

Mission: For a long time, tech culture has focused too narrowly on technical skills; this has resulted in a tech community that too often puts companies and code over people. Greater Than Code is a podcast that invites the voices of people who are not heard from enough in tech: women, people of color, trans and/or queer folks, to talk about the human side of software development and technology. Greater Than Code is providing a vital platform for these conversations, and developing new ideas of what it means to be a technologist beyond just the code. Featuring an ongoing panel of racially and gender diverse tech panelists, the majority of podcast guests so far have been women in tech! We’ve covered topics including imposter syndrome, mental illness, sexuality, unconscious bias and social justice. We also have a major focus on skill sets that tech too often devalues, like team-building, hiring, community organizing, mentorship and empathy. Each episode also includes a transcript. Community: We have an active Slack community that members can join by pledging as little as $1 per month via Patreon. (https://www.patreon.com/greaterthancode) Currently, we are listener-funded for two episodes per month. For Prospective Sponsors: Each show costs roughly $500 to produce. This includes, show management, audio editing, writing and publishing of show notes, writing and publishing of transcripts, guest outreach and scheduling, guest preparation, and community management. All told, each episode requires between 10-12 hours worth of work. If you are interested in sponsoring us for any amount, please reach out to Mandy via our contact form.

  

Latest Episodes

126: Asking Powerful Questions with Suzan Bond

01:04 - Suzan’s Superpower: Asking Powerful Questions The Compassionate Coder (https://compassionatecoder.com/) 07:30 - Blending Technology and Coaching 10:32 - Blending Technology and Humans; Working Distributed/Remotely 15:32 - Creating Organizational Divides (Intentional and Unintentional) 20:24 - Company Cultures That Lend Themselves Well to Remote Work Theory X and Theory Y (Douglas McGregor) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_X_and_Theory_Y) 25:19 - Autocratic vs Autonomy 26:23 - Becoming a Coach and Learning Coaching Skills Emotional API (https://emotionalapi.com/) 30:46 - Listening to Yourself and Intuition “Good decisions get better; bad decisions get worse.” 33:28 - Management vs Leadership / Developing Leadership Skills: Deliberation and Introspection Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages (https://juliacameronlive.com/basic-tools/morning-pages/) Reflections: Coraline: Powerful questions. Coaching by asking powerful questions. Suzan: The word “autonomy”. John: Asking questions to illicit insight, movement, and motivation. Ask Powerful Questions: Create Conversations That Matter by Will Wise (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1545322996/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=therubyrep-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1545322996&linkId=0e95cb5b59005b62e0cdd8b7e430b78f) This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep (https://twitter.com/therubyrep) of DevReps, LLC (http://www.devreps.com/). To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode (https://www.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 (https://www.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! Special Guest: Suzan Bond.


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Posted on 17 April 2019 | 9:00 am


125: Everything is Communication with Sam Aaron

01:42 - Sam’s Superpower: Staring at the same problem for days -- Patience and Delayed Gratification 03:42 - Effective Communication: What is fluid? 08:54 - Logging Honeycomb (https://www.honeycomb.io/) Open Sound Control (http://opensoundcontrol.org/) 12:55 - Sonic Pi (https://sonic-pi.net/) Raspberry Pi (https://www.raspberrypi.org/) Jeff Rose (@rosejn) (https://twitter.com/rosejn) overtone (https://github.com/rosejn/overtone) 22:41 - Fixed Tempo, Clocks, and Time 35:38 - Live Coding and Performance 40:58 - Teaching Kids and “Promoting Cheating” 49:21 - The Difference Between Music and Code 58:44 - Sam’s Latest Performance Experience Reflections: Jessica: Checking for understanding. Avdi: The remix culture piece of this conversation. Janelle: Everything is conversation. Sam: Thinking about programming rhythmically. This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep (https://twitter.com/therubyrep) of DevReps, LLC (http://www.devreps.com/). To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode (https://www.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 (https://www.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! Special Guest: Sam Aaron.


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Posted on 10 April 2019 | 9:00 am


124: Navigating Neurodiversity with Helen Needham

01:45 - Helen’s Superpower: Taking Abstract Information Seeing Things Others Don’t See 05:26 - Decoding People: Asking Contextual Questions and Listening For Motivation 11:52 - The Intersection of Empathy and Neurodiversity (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurodiversity) 15:14 - Being Deliberate as a Survival/Coping Skill 16:41 - Being Different, Understanding Yourself, and Discovering Your Unique Capabilities 23:22 - Interfacing with the Neurodivergent Community and Actively and Openly Talking About Neurodiversity 30:55 - Paying Attention to EQ: Emotional Intelligence 37:01 - Becoming Self-Aware Helen Needham: My guide to working with me (an autistic adult) (https://www.medecoded.com/workingwithme/) 41:05 - MeDecoded: Personal stories from the Neurodivergent & allies, in the pursuit of decoding Neurodiversity (https://www.medecoded.com/) Reflections: Jamey: Possibly implementing how to work with guides at their workplace. Jessica: Making a deliberate process out of decoding people. Avdi: It’s not about changing who you are, it’s about working with the world while you still are who you are. Janelle: Owning your own special skills and talents and taking in the hurricane. Helen: The importance of support and understanding. The world needs more silent heroes. This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep (https://twitter.com/therubyrep) of DevReps, LLC (http://www.devreps.com/). To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode (https://www.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 (https://www.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! Special Guest: Helen Needham.


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Posted on 3 April 2019 | 9:00 am


123: BOOK CLUB! Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Persig (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060589469/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=therubyrep-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0060589469&linkId=0fccb8a5811c09d35f439ba3e559bc29) 05:21 - Persig’s Two Paradigms: Classical and Romantic 11:50 - What is beautiful? 15:49 - Quality 33:44 - Emotional Motivation 41:13 - Balancing Objective and Subjective Measures of Quality Reflections: Janelle: A shared definition of quality and creating bridges. Bryan: When you recognize you have two different categories of measures of quality, the team starts to need guardrails to push the group towards just a couple of agreed upon things. John: Taking the different value systems, and fusing them together in some degree that can help unify groups into single directions and sets of values. This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep (https://twitter.com/therubyrep) of DevReps, LLC (http://www.devreps.com/). To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode (https://www.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 (https://www.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! Special Guest: Bryan Karlovitz.


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Posted on 27 March 2019 | 9:00 am


122: Surfing with Michael "GeePaw" Hill

01:45 - Autopoiesis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autopoiesis), Smell, and Passing Autopoiesis and Cognition: The Realization of the Living (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9027710163/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=therubyrep-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=9027710163&linkId=e65685ed3da6564ab707b3dc29f25f5f) Thud!: A Novel of Discworld by Terry Pratchett (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062334980/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=therubyrep-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0062334980&linkId=fa03481025e628340eef66222ce9b64f) 11:15 - The Channels in Your Head (Noise) 12:15 - GeePaw’s Superpower: Having an enormous capacity for doubt -- especially self-doubt; The Cost of Certainty 18:25 - Doubt vs Narrowing Déformation Professionnelle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%A9formation_professionnelle) 23:31 - Refactoring; Easiest, Nearest, Owie, First 25:53 - Defining “Better” and “Done” 30:55 - Thin vs Thick Culture 42:34 - FACT: Geeks Are Paid Extremely Well -- Why are we still not happy? 48:02 - Occupational Game Playing The System You Are Building The Game of Your Team The Game of Your Career The Game of Living Reflections: Jessica: When you act, you then see what happens. Sam: Any metric can be gamed and will be gamed. The Field Guide to Understanding 'Human Error' by Sidney Dekker (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1472439058/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=therubyrep-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1472439058&linkId=7bb5789c7a1859a2ceb1b9c9dd14f565) This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep (https://twitter.com/therubyrep) of DevReps, LLC (http://www.devreps.com/). To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode (https://www.patreon.com/greaterthancode) Special Guest: Michael "GeePaw" Hill.


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Posted on 20 March 2019 | 9:00 am


121: Emergency Communication with Thai Wood

01:26 - Resilience Engineering and Closed-loop Communication 06:55 - Acknowledging Burnout in the Developer Community 09:31 - Professionalization and Formal Training Nancy Leveson (http://sunnyday.mit.edu/) 17:41 - Reliability vs Resilience 20:40 - Resilience in the EMT Context 22:21 - Scene Size-up in Software 25:20 - Thai’s Superpower: The ability to remain calm in emergencies;Tech => EMT => Tech + Missing Seeing People You’re Helping The Field Guide to Understanding 'Human Error' (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1472439058/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=therubyrep-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1472439058&linkId=17b50ab528afd657993551046c316883) 32:11 - Incident Response + Studying Incident Response; Normalization of Deviance SNAFUcatchers (https://www.snafucatchers.com/) 40:16 - Asking Questions Cognitive Interviewing Techniques (https://www.simplypsychology.org/cognitive-interview.html) The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312430000/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=therubyrep-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0312430000&linkId=6ede6ebee21d370699f88962dfe8877f) Reflections: Jessica: Part of resilience is how do you know where to get help? When to ask for help and who to ask. John: Following up with the cognitive interview idea. Sam: Being explicit and deliberate about thinking about process and communication as a thing that you can get better at, that you can work on, and that you can talk about. Check out with the “Working With Other Humans” track (https://railsconf.com/program/sessions#track-working-with-other-humans) that Sam is running at RailsConf 2019 (https://railsconf.com/) from April 29 - May 1 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Thai: Cognitive interviewing Pokémon. Plus emotions as a state machine. John’s Hacking Your Emotional API Talk (https://emotionalapi.com/) This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep (https://twitter.com/therubyrep) of DevReps, LLC (http://www.devreps.com/). To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode (https://www.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 (https://www.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! Special Guest: Thai Wood.


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Posted on 13 March 2019 | 9:00 am


120: Expect The Unexpected with Andy Hunt

01:55 - Andy’s Superpower: Explaining blindingly obvious things to people that they don’t see. The Boiled Frog (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiling_frog) 08:13 - Iterative Development and Continuous Learning: Becoming Comfortable with Uncertainty 14:23 - Doing Things Differently The Black Swan Theory (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_swan_theory) 20:41 - Writing and Timeboxing Conglommora (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075T7TNH8/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=therubyrep-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B075T7TNH8&linkId=0eac3b95e2373a4f54f3e1011f32ed1a) Conglommora Found (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GTDSBFJ/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=therubyrep-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07GTDSBFJ&linkId=c052c5c72ba109d2c8fd33a68d95febf) (Sequel) Feedback, Context, and Learning 27:39 - Why should continuous be the goal? 34:24 - Adaptability 39:28 - Making Groups More Effective 45:13 - Andy’s Software Development Journey Reflections: Janelle: Shifting from a place of complaining about the constraints of the world, to figuring out strategies for solving these problems and figuring out templates for alternatives: Setting up alternative markets and economic systems that can support alternative ways of working. Jessica: We can’t predict the future. We can’t know everything. We can’t give an accurate estimate of a number. But we can know something: we can know propensities to some degree, we can estimate in a range, and then we can choose whether to spend time researching to narrow that range. Avdi: The importance of slack time in teams and organizations. Andy: Experimentation. Learning. Context. Feedback. Rinse and repeat. This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep (https://twitter.com/therubyrep) of DevReps, LLC (http://www.devreps.com/). To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode (https://www.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 (https://www.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! Special Guest: Andy Hunt.


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Posted on 6 March 2019 | 10:00 am


119: Cultural Brokerage with Bianca Escalante

01:55 - Bianca’s Superpower: Being a Cultural Broker 06:36 - Code-Switching (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code-switching) and Identity As An Asset Keynote: Who and What We're Leaving Behind by Bianca Escalante @ RubyConf 2018 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2TdaLwTnKk) Open Source for ...Bad? by Bianca Escalante @ Codeland 2018 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8H7zfQ_rA4) 12:55 - Normalizing Conversations, Speaking About Race Openly, and the Concept of Distance Travelled 21:17 - Reconciling Failure, Repressing Feelings, and The Importance of Human Connection 34:02 - D&I: Who is responsible? Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0451493249/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=therubyrep-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0451493249&linkId=27e08e824b23564bf1cde73b7962fa81) Shine Theory (https://www.annfriedman.com/shine-theory) Reflections: Bianca: Talking openly about the loneliness. John: Having to develop superpowers as coping strategies. Jamey: When times are tough, you (sometimes) get to see the best of human connection. _This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep (https://twitter.com/therubyrep) of DevReps, LLC (http://www.devreps.com/). To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode (https://www.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 (https://www.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! Special Guest: Bianca Escalante.


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Posted on 27 February 2019 | 10:00 am


118: A Piece of Luck with Jessica Kerr

01:50 - Jess’s Superpower: Being a Property of a Situation Karl Popper (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Popper) 04:25 - The Interpretation of Luck and the Psychology of Scarcity 08:17 - Physics; Physics and Software 12:06 - Conference Speaking 15:53 - Undervaluing Code 22:13 - Defining ‘Done’ in Software Development

We don’t want to define “done.” In an ongoing system, a symmathesy, there is no “done” except death.
Instead, define “better.” Then you can know you accomplished something.

— Jessica Kerr (@jessitron) February 6, 2019

Email is like laundry. There is no such thing as "done."
My job is not to do the laundry, it is to keep the laundry moving.
Nor to answer all the email, but to keep some correspondence flowing.

— Jessica Kerr (@jessitron) February 11, 2019
25:51 - TDD, the notion that “Coding is easy!”, and Resilience to Failure Smart Kid Syndrome (https://www.theodysseyonline.com/smart-kid-syndrome) Pairing with Bunny (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrlq1XOiSijrMGWbBlKo2Eg) 42:04 - Learning While Teaching Others Programming Avdi and Jess stumble through modern web development (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8yWDfDip1o) JessiTRONica on Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/jessitronica/videos) Aikido (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aikido) Reflections: Jamey: Things never being “the end”. Finite and Infinite Games (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1476731713/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=therubyrep-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1476731713&linkId=44899b02c0c5d4e52df176aa684e6138) (print) Finite and Infinite Games (http://wtf.tw/ref/carse.pdf) (pdf) Sam: There might be an ending for you, specifically, but it’s not really an ending for anyone else. Jacob: Figuring out problems by vocalizing them. Jessica: Check out recent works from Karl Popper. This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep (https://twitter.com/therubyrep) of DevReps, LLC (http://www.devreps.com/). To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode (https://www.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 (https://www.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! Special Guest: Jacob Stoebel.


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Posted on 20 February 2019 | 10:00 am