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Building With People For People: The Unfiltered Build Podcast

Building With People For People: The Unfiltered Build Podcast

By Nigel Finley

As software engineers, we build software with people and we build software for people; to enhance, improve, optimize and make our everyday lives better. Every month I am joined by guests from all reaches of the software world to discuss their unique journeys, why we build software, discussions on a specific software related topic, and we examine problems they are solving through the products they are building. Topics discussed include software development, Javascript, Python, crypto, DevOps, mentoring, accessibility, software leadership, accessibility, testing, soft skills, and more.
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Ep. 06: Motivation Porridge - Using Goldilocks to ignite employee motivation with Jelle Smeets

Building With People For People: The Unfiltered Build PodcastMar 22, 2022

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Ep. 20: DxE and Me - Reducing time to hello world through Developer Experience Engineering with Cassidy Williams

Ep. 20: DxE and Me - Reducing time to hello world through Developer Experience Engineering with Cassidy Williams

As a developer have you ever worked on an API endpoint but you can’t easily find the documentation for the API to see how pieces work, or can’t find the specific sequence diagram on how your domains interact, or how about using some clunky outdated internal tool that you have to use to compile your code, well your user experience is suffering, more specifically your developer experience is poor. The term “developer experience” or DX is becoming more and more pervasive in the tech industry as companies realize how important it is for the success of their businesses. But what is DX you ask? Well, in today’s episode I am joined by a very special guest to answer that question and explore the realm of DX engineering and how you can help yourself and your team become more productive and build the experience you deserve. Our guest today, Cassidy Williams, spreads the joy of tech through her contagious positivity and accessible content. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Iowa State University and is a startup advisor and investor and developer experience expert. Currently, she is the CTO at Contenda, an AI content generation platform. Previously, she was the Director of Developer Experience at Netlify and has also worked at a variety of large and small companies like Remote, React Training, CodePen, Amazon and Venmo.  She's active in the developer community, has given hundreds of talks around the world, and also co-hosts the Stack overflow podcast and The Dev Morning Show (at night) podcast. She is one of Glamour Magazine's 35 Women Under 35 Changing the Tech Industry and LinkedIn's Top Professionals 35 & Under.  She wants to inspire generations of STEM students to be the best they can be. When Cassidy is not inspiring the next generation of coders she is playing music, singing karaoke, creating memes, building mechanical keyboards, and hanging out with her sister. Connect with Cassidy: Twitter The Dev Morning Show (at night) LinkedIn Website Show notes and helpful resources: CTO at Contenda Glamour Magazine's 35 Women Under 35 Changing the Tech Industry Subscribe to Cassidy’s newsletter it won’t disappoint Cassidy’s fav joke at the time of recording “I adopted my dog from a blacksmith. As soon as we got home, she made a bolt for the door!” Obsidian note taking software for productivity As a developer experience engineer you are making developers live’s easier through content generation, demos, tutorials and anything that can get them from zero to 1,  the “Time to Hello World” Make Time by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky Cosynd App - The fastest and most affordable way for content creators to register their works Visit podcast.unfilteredbuild.com for more info Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Mar 07, 202349:21
Ep. 19: Grab your cloak and wand its TypeScript Wizardry time with Matt Pocock

Ep. 19: Grab your cloak and wand its TypeScript Wizardry time with Matt Pocock

TypeScript here, TypeScript there, everywhere a little TypeScript! Grab your cloak and wand and join us on this wizarding journey!! That’s right today’s episode is all things TypeScript. We dive into TypeScript and uncover its true power of catching errors early, running anywhere javascript does, and giving you type inference all with the help form a true master of the language. We also touch on different ways to think about imposter syndrome and ways to grow your audience as a content creator. Our guest today, Matt Pocock, hails from the greater Oxford area in England and is an educator, content creator, software engineer and a Typescript Wizard. He has a Master of Arts in Practice of Voice and Singing from the Guildford School of Acting and was a public speaking coach and British Accent trainer prior to his software career. He has built a voice training app called VoiceHacker Accents available for Android and a VSCODE extension to help learn Typescript.  With his deep study of the English language it is no wonder he has taken to the deep study and teachings of TypeScript. He has held many developer jobs over the years and his most recent was as a developer advocate at Vercel (the company behind Next.js). Currently, he is a full time TypeScript instructor working on Total TypeScript, the most comprehensive TypeScript course available on the web. When Matt is not teaching the world how to wield the TypeScript wand he is big football fan and playing board game “Expecto patronum”!! Summon the Patronus Charm of hope and happiness and TypeScript here we come!! Connect with Matt: Twitter Youtube LinkedIn Website Show notes and helpful resources: Total TypeScript course Total TypeScript VSCODE extension Voicehacker Accents App Matt’s Beginner’s TypeScript course (as referenced in the episode examples) Matt loves Generics in TypeScript Tips on migrating to TypeScript: Run tsc init which creates a basic config file, then start small and move individual files first, like utils files OBS - Open Broadcast Studio - Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming You need a thesis for people to follow you Be Useful!! Davinci Resolve - video editor Fun phrases you may have heard and their American equivalent: “It’s pants” = It’s bad, rubbish “Bang on Rails” = Terrific or marvelous “I can’t be asked” = I can’t be bothered Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Feb 07, 202352:55
Ep. 18: Optimizing for happiness - Building a code deployment platform with Marko Anastasov

Ep. 18: Optimizing for happiness - Building a code deployment platform with Marko Anastasov

How long does it take to get your code into the hands of your customers? Do you manually copy your files to a production server? If you answered longer than a day and yes then the code deployment product, Semaphore, is what you need. Today, we chat with, Marko Anastasov, the co-founder of Semaphore, a code integration and delivery platform, about the inception, creation, and his team’s learning journey building Semaphore. His story is riddled with encounters of monoliths and microservices, tales of building a learning culture, and reflections around the human factors in building tech products, like why do we make the technical decisions we make? Marko is a product guy and a programmer guy and has been a maker since he was a kid. He earned a Masters of Science in computer science from University of Novi Sad in Serbia. Currently, he is a founding partner of Rendered Text, a remote Rails consulting shop and the co-founder of Semaphore. When Marko is not helping companies ship code faster, he is exercising and spending time with his wife and 4 year old daughter. Connect with Marko: Twitter LinkedIn Website Show notes and helpful resources: Semaphore CI Marko’s article on What is Proper Continuous Integration? XKCD comic about compiling Marko’s article picked up by Hacker news, The Cracking Monolith: The Forces that Call for Microservices You should be able to describe your microservice in one sentence without saying the word “and” Marko’s article on  7 ways continuous delivery helps build a culture of learning Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Jan 10, 202350:57
Ep. 17: May the test be with you - Becoming a Jedi test master with Kent C. Dodds

Ep. 17: May the test be with you - Becoming a Jedi test master with Kent C. Dodds

Production is down!! Faulty code was released!! Users are losing your trust by the second!! Ugh, how did this happen and how could this have been prevented? By writing the right tests! Today, Jedi test master, Kent C. Dodds, joins us as we discuss all things testing, from the types of tests in your tool belt, how to write the right tests, when to run them, tools you can and should use, and ways to ensure your tests are performant. Kent is a world renowned speaker, educator, a beacon of inspiration in the tech community and has written an entire course focused solely on Testing Javascript. He graduated from BYU with a Master of Science in Information Systems, and has worked at companies like Domo, Alianza and PayPal. He is a Google Developer Expert and an instructor on egghead.io and Frontend Masters.  He is actively involved in the open source community as a maintainer of projects like Glamorous, Downshift and Testing Library, and is a contributor to hundreds of popular npm packages. Prior to his current role, he co-founded Remix and worked as the Director of Developer Experience. Presently, our guest is a Software Engineer Educator working for himself and working on what he calls his magnum opus - EpicReact.Dev. When Kent is not teaching the world about software or spending time with his family he is cruising around on his onewheel or snowboarding.  Prepare to become a Jedi test master!! Connect with Kent: Twitter Website Youtube Discord Show notes and helpful resources: The Testing Trophy blog post Why I never use shallow rendering blog post Avoid the test user  blog post Making your UI tests resilient to change blog post Common mistakes with React Testing Library blog post Migrate from Enzyme to Testing Library documentation How to know what to test blog post Business and engineering alignment blog post Playwright - End-2-End testing library Vitest testing framework Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Dec 13, 202256:36
Ep. 16: From zero to guitar hero to UX engineer rockstar - Jamming on design systems with Kelly Harrop

Ep. 16: From zero to guitar hero to UX engineer rockstar - Jamming on design systems with Kelly Harrop

In today’s digital world you must have an online presence to be effective. Not only a presence but a unified, beautiful, and fast user experience. How do companies achieve consistency across thousands of pages? How do different stakeholders across the organization gain visibility into the capabilities of a system? One way is through a single design system which essentially is a set of standards intended to manage design at scale using reusable components and patterns. Today we are joined by a guest who has first hand experience at crafting such a system for the financial giant Intuit. Join us as we dive into the importance and complexities of building such systems, the journey of our guest and how she found  the role that straddles multiple worlds to bring unification across an organization. Our guest today, Kelly Harrop, has held positions as both a designer and an engineer for companies like Intuit, Fossil, USAA and Tekzenit, giving her a unique perspective into the technical creation process. Her journey into tech is anything but ordinary, she has been a professional Guitar Hero player and a video game model. Currently, she is a Principal UX engineer at Intuit crafting design system solutions for complex frameworks. When Kelly is not designing beautiful experiences and building usable systems she is playing video games including her current favorites, Overwatch and Elden Ring, and drinking cold brew. Connect with Kelly: Twitter LinkedIn Podcast-Code & Pixels Website Show notes and helpful resources: Kelly’s UX Engineering for Design systems article Storybook How Intuit organize their Storybook Proof - a test runner for Storybook Style Dictionary by Danny Banks - referencing Design Tokens Clarity - A design systems conference DevTools.fm podcast iTerm DocBlocks - a better way to make storybook documentation Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Nov 09, 202201:05:29
Ep. 15: Doers document - Building systems and sustainable documentation with Eddie Hinkle

Ep. 15: Doers document - Building systems and sustainable documentation with Eddie Hinkle

Let’s say you work on a team and you have a bunch of services, how do you share knowledge about the important parts of how things work? I would hope documentation is the answer and not “tribal knowledge”. But good documentation can be hard. So is communication and so is continuing to grow your career when there are so many directions you could go.  In today’s show we are joined by a guest who gives us tips and tricks on better ways to create sustainable documentation, thoughts on how to communicate more effectively especially in an interview and shares a continuous learning framework he uses to help him grow. Our guest today, Eddie Hinkle, believes the software we use should feel natively human and engage us both emotionally and cognitively. He has over 15 years experience managing engineers and designers and has worked in all sorts of industries including internet Saas, government contracting, cyber security, medical and health, education and more.  Currently he is an engineering manager at Glassdoor, is the host of the podcast Webjoy, and a mentor  for Collab Lab and ADPlist.org. When he is not helping engineers grow their career with empathy he spends time with his three kids, a 5 month old, a 3 year old, and a 4 year old. He is also an avid reader and has even completed reading 52 books in one year. In his words if we aren’t learning we are stagnating. Connect with Eddie: Twitter LinkedIn Website Webjoy Podcast Show notes and helpful resources: Glassdoor Eddie’s 5 types of documentation: 1. Document your code; 2. Document your company processes; 3. Document your day - he uses the tool Reflect; 4. Documenting your successes and failures; 5. Document your concerns Eddie uses Docusaurus for his technical documentation Eddie’s 4 tips for continuous learning: 1. Take classes; 2. Apply your knowledge in a practical setting; 3. Expose yourself to new people and different ways of thinking about concepts; 4. Environment - explore a wide variety of tools and languages that are relevant Volunteer your time or join free group project session at Collab Lab Find or become a mentor at ADPlist.org Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Oct 11, 202258:13
Ep. 14: Data is your destiny - Exploring data science with Ryan Valenza

Ep. 14: Data is your destiny - Exploring data science with Ryan Valenza

Have you used Google search today? Or listened to music recommended to you? The results and suggestions you receive from these types of services are powered by Data Science. In today’s world, big data and insights are the new currency. While it's the machines that ultimately do the number crunching and provide the data, it's the human touch behind the scenes that make it all possible. In today’s episode we explore the field of Data Science and Machine Learning and how it permeates every walk of life and the endless possibilities it provides. Our guest today, Ryan Valenza, is a scientist through and through. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics and Math from University of Maryland Baltimore County and his Master of Science in Physics from the University of Washington (PhD). He has held roles as a Data Engineer and Data Analyst at the Allen Institute for Brain Science and as Chief Data Scientist at Stackline, an e-commerce startup. He recently began a new job as the Director of Machine Learning at Bungie. If Bungie rings a bell it should, they created the gaming franchises of Halo, Destiny and Marathon to name a few. When he is not teaching machines how to interpret data he is a big gamer himself with origins in Donkey Kong Country, a runner and an adventure planner for his three year old daughter. Connect with Ryan: LinkedIn Twitter Twitch Show notes and helpful resources: Condensed matter physics Random forest and gradient descent algorithms Converting sound to image using Sonographic Sound Processing Convolutional Neural Network -  a series of mathematical transformations Google deep mind AlphaGo - the computer program that defeated the Go grand master AlphaStar - the computer that plays StarCraft II Words to live by - “You should never bring someone else down to bring to yourself up” Ryan’s intro to machine learning will cover supervised learning , unsupervised learning and reinforcement learning Data Science at UMBC Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Sep 13, 202241:35
Ep. 13:  The Coder Coder - Building a do-it-yourself learning empire with Jessica Chan

Ep. 13: The Coder Coder - Building a do-it-yourself learning empire with Jessica Chan

Are you just learning to code or a self-taught developer? Need help with structured direction in your learning journey? Then you have to check out The Coder Coder!!  If neither apply check this resource out anyway, there is something for everyone. In today’s episode we examine the world of learning how to code from the perspective of the teacher and dive into what it’s like to sit in the driver’s seat creating content and running a successful Youtube coding community. We also discuss how to learn, tips on asking for help, best places to start your code journey, and much much more. Our guest today is a beacon of hope for career changers everywhere. She is a self taught coder who began her coding career doing data entry and now creates extremely approachable, fun, entertaining and very educating tutorials for beginner web developers via her blog, online courses and videos. She is a Youtube sensation with a community of over 361K subscribers that she has built from the ground up. She has been in the industry for 8 years, recently quitting her full-time job to focus 100% on her Youtube community and has worked on every part of the development stack. Connect with Jessica: Twitter Instagram Youtube Website/Blog Show notes and helpful resources: Frontendmentor.io  - build real world projects Freecodecamp resource and Discord community Odin Project - Learn how to code! Jessica’s responsive design course coming soon! MDN - Mozilla Developer Network  - great web documentation Jessica’s Freecodecamp articles Jessica’s video: Learn web development as an absolute beginner Jessica’s video: How to stay motivated when learning to code Jessica’s video: Are you sabotaging your coding career? (with Mortal Kombat style fight scenes) Jessica’s video: Stop wasting time when learning to code video Jessica’s gear: RE20 mic, A7S Camera, OBS Screen Casts, Adobe Suite, Vissles keyboard, Fully standing desk Jessica’s favorite/highest production coder coder video: The Office Tour Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Aug 16, 202257:27
Ep. 12: Invest in Your Humans with YugaHQ - Kiran Kanakadani on employee happiness and retention

Ep. 12: Invest in Your Humans with YugaHQ - Kiran Kanakadani on employee happiness and retention

How are you ensuring your employees are happy and will stay with your company? Your employees are the most important piece to your business and as such you must learn what they want in their and career and enable it. In today’s discussion we focus on empathy as the future of business in tech, why it’s important for developers to gain business acumen for greater success in their role, how a new product, YugaHQ, can help companies predict and prepare for employee turnover and much more. Our guest today, Kiran Kanakadandi, has an Electrical Engineering degree from Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology in Hyderabad, India, a MS of Computer Science from Clemson and has published a thesis on Graph Theory. He began his career as a kernel and distributed systems developer at NetApp. Our guest is a 2 time startup founder, founding Potatop Technologies and is currently serving as the founder/CEO of YugaHQ, an employee retention SaaS. Kiran believes empathy is the best business model. He is the author of a US Patent, speaks 4 languages, enjoys listening to deep Indian classical music, American classics like Towns Van Zandt, and is a movie trivia buff. Connect with Kiran: Twitter LinkedIn Show notes and helpful resources: Kiran’s Career paths for developers article Kiran’s On Business Awareness for Engineers article Kiran’s Three parts of your job article Kiran’s Always Be Rehiring article Paul Graham - Do things that don’t scale - Essay Indian Classical Music: Uyyalalugavayya performed by Dr Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna and composed by Thyagaraja written in Telugu over 200 years ago Indian Classical Music: Bhavayami Gopalabalam performed by Dr M S Subbulakshmi and  composed by Annamacharya over 800 years ago in Sanskrit Film music with music video: Chaiya Chaiya by A R Rahman from the movie Dil Se "I'll be here in the morning" by Townes Van Zandt - this is Kiran’s favorite version Productivity Hack => Chrome plugins - Marvelous Suspender (tab remover) and Tab Manager Plus Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Jul 12, 202201:09:48
Ep. 11: Humans as Value Creators - Unlocking your potential and building trust, clarity and empowerment with Jeff Doolittle

Ep. 11: Humans as Value Creators - Unlocking your potential and building trust, clarity and empowerment with Jeff Doolittle

A Software Architect’s role is to contain complexity and an Engineer’s role is to manage optionality, but what is a Product Owner’s role? To perform at your best you must understand your value creation responsibilities. In this episode we’ll explore the primary responsibilities of key roles in software development, the three crucial values that provide significant boosts in morale and productivity, the meaning of technical empathy, foundational principles of leadership and more. On today’s episode I am joined by Jeff Doolittle, a Software Architect who has designed software systems for over 25 years. Jeff is a transformational leader providing developer leadership and mentorship to software professionals. He holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, and a Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership. As co-founder and CTO first of a boutique software consultancy, then as CTO in a SaaS start-up serving the Agriculture industry, he has gained deep and broad industry experience. In his free time he plays guitar and spends time with his family. Jeff’s ongoing mission is to channel his expertise, experience and energy toward his driving passion: to help make good software professionals great! Connect with Jeff: Personal Website LinkedIn Show notes and helpful resources: The Software Crisis - Edward Dijkstra Conway’s Law:  Organizations design systems that mirror their own communication structure Software Fundamentals: Collected Papers by David L. Parnas - including the topic of Information Hiding Righting Software - Juval Löwy John Ousterthout - A Philosophy of Software Design Software Engineering Radio Podcast Thinking in systems by Donella H. Meadows Jeff’s Tao of Software Architecture: An Introduction Article Jeff’s Software Leadership Distilled Article Jeff’ Leadership Style Matrix Article - Discussing Authoritarian, Familial, Managerial, and Transformational leadership styles through the lens of Empowerment and Clarity Mermaid.js, GraphVis, PlantUML - Tools to build documentation --- Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Jun 14, 202201:12:55
Ep. 10:  Illuminating the future of onboarding with Pathlight - Lizzie Matusov on the software talent bottleneck

Ep. 10: Illuminating the future of onboarding with Pathlight - Lizzie Matusov on the software talent bottleneck

You just hired a new engineer. How do you reduce their time to productivity? How do you give back hours of time to engineering leaders spent prepping and training the new hire? You examine your onboarding process and you use Pathlight to help. Today’s show marks the 10th episode of Building With People For People!! I am very excited for our show today as we explore how a pre-med molecular biologist found her way into software and is building a startup addressing the software talent bottleneck. We also discuss proving your product through an MVT (minimum valuable test), the importance of diverse backgrounds, and how each of us can work together to create a more inclusive tech landscape. Our guest, Lizzie Matusov, had the startup life in her blood at a young age when as a kid, she and a friend started a dog walking business. She began her software career working on open source for Red Hat and has worked at Invitae as a Full Stack Engineer and Technical Product Manager. Currently, she is the co-founder of Pathlight, a product helping technical teams hit their goals and grow faster by re-imagining the onboarding experience. Additionally, she is an MS/MBA Candidate at Harvard Business School and Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has spoken at conferences, describes herself as a community builder, is a plant lover, and is on a mission to change what it means to be a technologist for the better. Connect with Lizzie: Twitter Email Show notes and helpful resources: Lizzie’s journey into software Pathlight - They are looking for design partners to run their first version completely free! Larsen created by Alex Benoit - a product to help prevent burnout and improve team culture EM twitter community Career Karma Learning about minimum viable tests Rippling - effortlessly manage payroll, benefits and more Learn Tensorflow Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
May 17, 202201:02:09
Ep. 09:  Sowing Seeds of Success - Actionable advice for growing your career with Mitra Raman

Ep. 09: Sowing Seeds of Success - Actionable advice for growing your career with Mitra Raman

Want 7 proven steps on how to become a software engineering manager? Or what about an effective communication tool to track your teams progress over time? Listen in as we answer these questions and explore ways to grow your career with actionable steps, become a more effective engineering manager, tips on giving effective feedback and much more. Our guest today,  Mitra (pronounced Myth-raa) Raman, is a Sr. Engineering Manager at Glossier in New York City. She is always posting great actionable advice on twitter and is a force of nature becoming an Engineering leader and manager in just two years after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelors in computer science. She has worked at Amazon, has founded her own direct to consumer business - The Buttermilk company, managed an engineering team at Ro, has consulted for 10+ e-commerce businesses, is an angel investor, and was nominated for Geekwire’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year. In her free time she is a co-host on a podcast, writes product reviews, is a die hard Beyonce fan and a pop culture guru. Connect with Mitra: Twitter Website Show notes and helpful resources: Steps Mitra took to become an engineering manager in 2 years after college Join the Twitter Engineering Manager community Engineering Advice You Didn’t Ask for Podcast Book Mitra for 1:1 consultations A Portfolio of Small Bets - Daniel Vassallo - An online course ThingTesting Company Mitra’s guide to giving great feedback Mitra’s guide to giving weekly updates Goodbye Buttermilk! A story of why Mitra shut down her first startup: The Buttermilk company Turn your recipes into an online business - Step-by-step guide Sign up for Mitra’s Pop Culture For Dummies Newsletter or listen to her recently released podcast version of Pop Culture For Dummies Podcast Sign up for Mitra’s reviews of products and brands - The Honest Tester Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
May 03, 202201:06:23
Ep. 08:  Play Nice and Grow - Building a strong team and startup fundraising with Randy Sears

Ep. 08: Play Nice and Grow - Building a strong team and startup fundraising with Randy Sears

What traits do you look for when hiring engineers for your team? What does fundraising look like in a startup. In today’s episode we talk about what it takes to build great teams and fundraising specifically in the startup world and much more. Our guest, Randy Sears, brings more than 20 years of experience designing and implementing scalable distributed systems in domains as diverse as education and scientific computing, and has held technical leadership roles for more than a decade. Previous to his current role at DemandStar as the Head of Engineering, he worked at many seed and pre-IPO startups, participating in IPOs, acquisitions, and fundraising with Zulily, Loudeye, IBM, Isilon (now part of EMC) and Stackline. Our guest has studied computer science and music at Boston University, and loves sailing and scuba diving. In building teams, Randy favors empowerment and collegiality combined with an eagerness to learn. Connect with Randy: LinkedIn Show notes: The top skill Randy looks for when hiring is the ability to work well with others Pay attention when interviewing not to introduce affinity bias - where you identify with the candidate because they are like you Your interview process can and should adapt based on the size of your team and company Take home tests as an interview method Randy has learned is generally not preferred. Randy strives to build collegiality amongst his team Check out Roblok Best advice he has received is: "犬も歩けば棒に当たる” which translate roughly to “when a dog walks he hits a stick.” If you keep moving, mentally or physically, you will find interesting, often useful, things. So keep exploring. DemandStar is hiring so make sure to checkout their careers page for the most recent listings (and much more to come) “Authenticity and imperfections can communicate a lot” -Randy Sears Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Apr 19, 202250:33
Ep. 07:  Mad. Sad. Glad. - Emotions are your superpower with Jenn Creighton

Ep. 07: Mad. Sad. Glad. - Emotions are your superpower with Jenn Creighton

When was the last time you got frustrated writing code? How about sad? What if I told you learning how to recognize and harness your emotions would make you a better engineer and a better coworker? Today on the show we explore the journey of a Senior Software Engineer, how emotions make us better developers not worse, things you should do to be a better teammate, a peak into life at Netflix and more. Our guest, Jenn Creighton, has worked at companies like ClassPass, Apollo GraphQL and has been a guest on the React Podcast, has spoken at many conferences including React JS Girls: the Conference, React Conf, and JS Conf Mexico. She is also a co-organizer for useReact NYC.  Currently she is a Senior Software Engineer at Netflix working in the developer productivity org, host of her own podcast - single threaded, and truly a positive force in the tech community. Jenn will be giving her Debugging in JS talk IN PERSON at React Miami April 18-19 and Reactathon in May - Don’t Miss It!! Connect with Jenn: Twitter LinkedIn Dev.to page More Jenn: Single Threaded Podcast “Your emotions are not an anti-pattern” - JS Conf Mexico talk Mini course on React architecture including flexibility, composition and principles Jenn’s journey into code via blog post Show notes and helpful resources: Emotional First Aid Kit by Guy Winch Recurse Center social rules useReact.NYC React Miami - April 18-19, 2022 Reactathon In The Park,  Berkley CA-  May 3-5, 2022 Netflix Job culture “No rules rules - Netflix and the culture of reinvention” by the Erin Meyer and Reed Hastings CEO of Netflix Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Apr 05, 202201:06:02
Ep. 06: Motivation Porridge - Using Goldilocks to ignite employee motivation with Jelle Smeets

Ep. 06: Motivation Porridge - Using Goldilocks to ignite employee motivation with Jelle Smeets

What do Goldilocks and Engineering Management have in common? The “just right” strategy can be used to motivate and grow employees. Tune in today as Drukwerkdeal Engineering Manager, Jelle Smeets, from Apeldoorn Netherlands walks us through this management theory and other ideas on employee motivation. We also talk about applying scrum methodologies, simple ways to avoid burnout, the importance of getting to know each other’s cultures, and learning in public. As a kid, Jelle discovered engineering through his love of Dragonball Z and dove head first into building his own HTML fan site. His passion for solving puzzles lead him to become a full time software engineer with a Bachelors in computer and information science, to a certified scrum master, to now an engineering manager where he sees himself as a football (soccer) coach and strives to lead by example. Jelle is also a fair-weather runner, a blogger and a gardener. Connect with Jelle: LinkedIn Twitter Blog Show notes and helpful resources: Leveling engineers with the Goldilocks rule 4 lessons I learned as a starting scrum master My journey into tech McGregor’s theory x and theory y Atomic Habits by James Clear Coaching Agile teams by Lyssa Adkins Culture Map  by Erin Meyer Elegant Puzzle by Will Larson Notion tool Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Mar 22, 202245:54
Ep. 05: Giving Back - Social Responsibility and Community Involvement with Sierra Acy

Ep. 05: Giving Back - Social Responsibility and Community Involvement with Sierra Acy

As software engineers we have the skills to make great tools but perhaps an even greater honor is the opportunity to teach and share our skills with others. In this episode we speak to an engineer who does just that, inspires future engineers through her community involvement. Our guest today is Sierra Acy, a software engineer at HBO Max. She is a huge proponent of and loves helping others learn computer science and giving back to her community. When she volunteers and shares her knowledge, she is constantly reminded of why she loves software engineering. Her love for community service began while in college at UT Austin organizing Hour of Code events for local schools. She has since spent a great deal of time organizing Disney’s Seattle internship program and is currently a teacher through the TEALSK12 program and a mentor with Mentors in Tech. Not only is Sierra a software engineer she is also a book cover and e-marketing material designer with over 20 published covers. Prior to working at HBO Max, she worked at The Walt Disney Company and Microsoft. Connect with Sierra: LinkedIn Personal Website Show notes and helpful resources: First Bytes Summer Camp - engineering camp for high school girls Arduino - Starter kits UT Austin’s Coding in the Classroom and Hour of Code - getting students involved in programming through an hour of code. Minor correction from the show, this program is NOT an after school program as mentioned, it IS an hour per week during class WICS - Women in Computer Science at UT Austin - a shared community that confirmed her sense of belonging in software engineering Disney Professional Internships TEALSK12 - Technology Education and Literacy in Schools program - Apply now to be a mentor MinT - Mentors in Tech Tips for better communication: 1. Set the context, 2. Know your audience - are they technical or not?, 3. Learn the communication style of those you are engaging with and 4. Practice practice practice Building authentic relationships: 1. Bring your whole self and your personality to work and 2. Be humans outside of work - engage with your coworkers through things like coffee chats Sierra is currently reading: Technically Wrong by Sara Wachter-Boettcher Learn Python, learn Rust Pound Fit Tech using to solve everyday problems -  Fantastical Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com. Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Mar 08, 202249:39
Ep. 04: Mindful Management with Mahesh Guruswamy  - Chief Operator of the Rube Goldberg Machine

Ep. 04: Mindful Management with Mahesh Guruswamy - Chief Operator of the Rube Goldberg Machine

Are you trying to decide if software engineering is the right path for you? Are you currently an engineering manager and want tips on how you can grow and foster a better team? Join me as I speak with Chief Operator of the Rube Goldberg machine (CTO of Kajabi), Mahesh Guruswamy, as he guides us through how he measures success in his role as CTO, his 6 tenants of conflict resolution, ways to build a learning culture, how to know if engineering management is right for you, and much more. Mahesh has been in tech for over two decades and has held many different positions ranging from software engineer to Director of Architecture, to VP of Engineering at companies like Vanguard, Fidelity Investments, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Amazon Alexa, and Smartsheet. While in graduate school before he started his career in tech, he was a cashier at McDonald’s and through his interactions with the diverse clientele he discovered his knack for connecting and empathizing with all walks of life. As a self described “non-traditional” engineering leader he is a builder of product development teams and an angel investor. Kajabi, an all-in-one business platform to create and scale your knowledge business.  They are hiring all types of positions including engineering, head over to their careers page to learn more. Connect with Mahesh: LinkedIn Abridged Show Notes:  Conflict Resolution - Mahesh’s 6 tenants here Management is right for you if you get a warm and fuzzy feeling when your team succeeds Three ways to measure success: program outcomes, talent help, and system health Turn office politics into a way to explore people’s true intentions in order to help build better products Success as a manger is: Navigating discussions with teams, shipping features and low employee attrition Build a framework that allows your team to make the right decisions (through operating tenants) Mahesh’s favorite book - How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie - changed his perspective on how to approach teams and relationships First Break All The Rules by Marcus Buckingham Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari See more detailed show notes at https://podcast.unfilteredbuild.com/ep4-mindful-management-mahesh-guruswamy/ ---  Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Feb 22, 202255:19
Software Sandbox - Measure user satisfaction with Apdex

Software Sandbox - Measure user satisfaction with Apdex

What is Apdex? It is an open standard used to measure user satisfaction using response times of applications and services. Join me as I breakdown what Apdex is and how to measure user satisfaction and convert measurements into insights using the Apex standard. Software Sandbox episodes are byte-sized episodes focusing on one specific software topic delivered in 20 minutes or less. Helpful resources: The Apdex calculation: Satisfied Count + (Tolerating Count/2) / Total number of requests *Count in the above calculation is also referred to as “Users” Apdex Users Group New Relic breaks down Apdex FreshPing -  set up monitoring your website Apdex in seconds and for free New Relic Data Dog Splunk Log Rocket
Feb 08, 202209:28
Ep. 03: Mentoring matters - Increasing your knowledge base and growing your career with Dan Degreef

Ep. 03: Mentoring matters - Increasing your knowledge base and growing your career with Dan Degreef

Dan Degreef, one of my mentors, has been tinkering with online businesses since he was a teenager, has run multiple small businesses including an email marketing company and a software consulting business. He is a home brewer extraordinaire and is currently a software leader and problem solver working as a Staff developer at Indeed.com By building relationships with others you can build your knowledge base and grow your career. Join us for an episode on mentoring, what it means to us as developers, the different types of mentoring relationships (yes we have defined a few) and ways to find mentors.  We also discuss the differences in working at small vs large companies, what it means to be a senior developer and more. Connect with Dan: LinkedIn Github Useful Resources: Coding Coach (Free) Codementor IO (Paid) Mentor Cruise (Paid) Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Jan 25, 202201:01:27
Ep. 02: Gabe Levasseur on Continuous Excellence - Improve your Continuous Integration with Githaxs

Ep. 02: Gabe Levasseur on Continuous Excellence - Improve your Continuous Integration with Githaxs

Today we discuss DevOps and more specifically Continuous Integration, Delivery, and Deployment, and how Gabe Levassuer's new product, Githax aims to help. Gabe Levasseur is a passionate Software Engineer with a diverse background. He is a first generation college graduate who double majored in Computer and Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. He also has a Masters Degree in Finance and is currently working on a Masters in Computer Science at Georgia Tech. He has an immense growth mindset, an insane drive to do better, be better, and he is always looking for ways to solve everyday problems, automate and optimize his life. Connect with Gabe: Personal Website LinkedIn Show Notes and useful resources: Githaxs - Use the coupon code Unfiltered at checkout for 35% off the startup plan Wikipedia definition of CI Continuous Integration - AWS Continuous Delivery - AWS Conceptual Integrity Blob Post Technology Addiction and the brain DevOps process: Working in small batches Article summarizing current analytics on pull request cycle times and more - State of the Octoverse Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Jan 11, 202252:47
Ep. 01: Websites for everyone - Accessibility tips and an unfiltered journey into tech with Deziree Teague

Ep. 01: Websites for everyone - Accessibility tips and an unfiltered journey into tech with Deziree Teague

Dezireé Teague is a software engineer who transitioned into tech from a career in bilingual education. She currently works at Committee for Children, a non-profit organization that strives to promote the safety, well-being, and success of children in school and in life. Dezireé is passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion in the tech space and is a strong advocate for web accessibility. When Dezireé isn't working, she is giving back to her community through youth mentorship, speaking at workshops, and inspiring future coders. Join us as we discuss a non traditional journey into the software industry, how to reframe imposter syndrome, and reveal ways to make your product more accessible for everyone. Connect with Dezireé: LinkedIn Code Fellows Black History Month article 5 Things I've learned as a Person of Color in Tech 3 Accessibility tips: Be mindful how you use colors Always use an alt text label Semantic Html Helpful Resources: Black girls code Screen reader tech Chrome plugin WCAG Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Dec 28, 202146:56
December 27, 2021

December 27, 2021

Dec 27, 202100:57