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Developer On Fire

Summary: Developer On Fire with Dave Rael is an interview podcast with inspiring and successful software professionals telling personal stories about their experiences with delivering value. It is a chance for you to get to know your favorite geeks and learn more about who they are, how they deliver, and what makes them tick. Learn from and get to know special geeks like Matt Wynne, Rob Eisenberg, Udi Dahan, Ted Neward, John Sonmez, Phil Haack, and David Heinemeier Hansson.

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 Episode 393 | Jamie Phillips - Setting Up Good Experiences | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:59:06

Guest: @ Jamie Phillips talks with Dave Rael about the scientific method, understanding the people around you, automation, impact, and setting up good experiences Jamie Phillips is a Senior Software Development Engineer at SentryOne, and works remotely from East Tennessee. He has been working with .NET since 2007 after discovering .NET development in graduate school. Jamie's Geology degree has given him an appreciation for large systems and processes which has created keen interest in Solutions Architecture, DevOps, and the Cloud. During the day he works on Windows, but at night he is all about Linux. He can be found on Twitter @phillipsj73, his blog at, and GitHub as phillipsj. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Jamie Phillips - The meaning of DevOps - The benefits of having a geology degree in software engineering and taking a scientific approach - Managing state and taking different approaches - Tennessee developer communities - How Jamie got started in software - Understanding the people around you - Windows, Linux, command lines, and different experiences - Jamie's story of failure - coming within millimeters of deleting production infrastructure - DevOps enabling better documentation and the virtue of practicing reading code - Jamie on management - setting up good experiences - Changing career perspectives with advancing age and rediscovering old ideas in new ways - Jamie's book recommendations - Jamie's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Jamie Resources: Doc Norton on Developer On Fire HashiCorp Packer Terraform The State of DevOps Report Reid Evans on Developer On Fire OWASP SQL injection Cameron Presley on Developer On Fire Daniel Oliver on Developer On Fire Nashville .NET User Group FunctionalKnox Lambda Squared Geographic Information System (GIS) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change - Stephen R. Covey .NET Native Warp Cars 3 Dru Sellers on Developer On Fire Michael Feathers on Developer On Fire Michael Feathers on Twitter Dan North on Twitter Jez Humble Udi Dahan on Developer On Fire Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software - Erich Gamma Nik Molnar on Developer On Fire Jamie's book recommendation: The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win - Gene Kim The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations - Gene Kim Working Effectively with Legacy Code - Michael Feathers Growing Object-Oriented Software, Guided by Tests - Steve Freeman Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations - Nicole Forsgren PhD Jamie's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Be repeatable Read Be open-minded

 Episode 392 | Riccardo Terrell - Seize Opportunity | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:46:08

Guest: @ Riccardo Terrell talks with Dave Rael about functional programming, concurrency, cultural expectations, taking breaks, mentoring, and healthy relationships Riccardo Terrell is a seasoned software engineer and Microsoft MVP who is passionate about functional programming. He is active in the .NET community and the author of "Functional Concurrency in .NET", which features how to develop highly-scalable systems in F# & C#. Riccardo believes in polyglot programming as a mechanism for finding the right tool for the job. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Riccardo Terrell - The F# community - Immutability and problems that are a good fit for functional programming - Recommendations for programmers interested getting started with functional programming - American culture, Ricky's reasons for moving from Italy to the United States, and the importance of unplugging - How Ricky got started in software - Ricky's history with education, career path, becoming an author, and seizing opportunities - Ricky's reasons for deep interest in concurrency - Ricky's story of failure - miscommunication and failure of integration at the end - Encouraging a healthy culture allowing for focused work and liberty to escape - Ricky's book recommendations - The nature of functional programming and the value of having multi-paradigm expertise - How Ricky stays current with what he needs to know - Ricky's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Ricky Resources: Concurrency in .NET: Modern patterns of concurrent and parallel programming - Riccardo Terrell Tomas Petricek on Developer On Fire Phil Trelford Reid Evans on Developer On Fire Functiona lInterfaces in Java Riccardo's book recommendation: Concurrency in .NET: Modern patterns of concurrent and parallel programming - Riccardo Terrell Remote: Office Not Required - Jason Fried Discrete Mathematics and Functional Programming - Thomas VanDrunen Programming Language Concepts (Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science) - Peter Sestoft The Haskell School of Expression: Learning Functional Programming through Multimedia - Paul Hudak Functional and Reactive Domain Modeling - Debasish Ghosh Riccardo's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Take a break and leave the computer behind Be curious and never stop learning Find a mentor and be a mentor

 Episode 391 | Barry O'Reilly - Comfortable with Uncomfortable | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:50:26

Guest: @ Barry OReilly talks with Dave Rael about experiences experiments, culture, writing, learning, teaching, and unlearning Barry O’Reilly is a business advisor, entrepreneur, and author who has pioneered the intersection of business model innovation, product development, organizational design, and culture transformation. Barry works with business leaders and teams from global organizations that seek to invent the future, not fear it. Every day, Barry helps with many of the world’s leading companies, from disruptive startups to Fortune 500 behemoths, break the vicious cycles that spiral businesses toward death by enabling culture of experimentation and learning to unlock the insights required for better decision making, higher performance and results. Barry is the author of Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results, and co-author of the international bestseller Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale—included in the Eric Ries series, and a Harvard Business Review must read for CEOs and business leaders. He is an internationally sought-after speaker, frequent writer and contributor to The Economist, Strategy+Business, and MIT Sloan Management Review. Barry is faculty at Singularity University, advising and contributing to Singularity’s executive and accelerator programs based in San Francisco, and throughout the globe. Barry is the founder of ExecCamp, the entrepreneurial experience for executives, and management consultancy Antennae. His mission is to help purposeful, technology-led businesses innovate at scale. Read Barry’s blog at: Find out more about Unlearn at: See what he has to say on Twitter: @barryoreilly Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Barry OReilly - The impact of working with exceptional people - How Barry became an author - Decomposing huge tasks - Barry's synthetic thinking - Unlearning to make room for growth - Barry's new book: Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results - Barry on Antifragility - Barry's story of failure - innovation without the right context and then creating the right context to test assumptions - Barry's book recommendations - Measuring and creating experiments by first creating success criteria - "The blind spot of expertise" - Barry's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Barry Resources: Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results - Barry O'Reilly Barry's Workshops ExecCamp Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale (Lean (O'Reilly)) - Jez Humble, Joanne Molesky, Barry O'Reilly Joanne Molesky Jez Humble Jim Webber Alistair Jones Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto) - Nassim Nicholas Taleb The Fallacies of Distributed Computing Developer On Fire Guest Book Recommendations Tom Gilb on Developer On Fire The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change - Stephen R. Covey Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - Carol S. Dweck Barry's book recommendation: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers - Ben Horowitz High Output Management - Andrew S. Grove How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business - Douglas W. Hubbard Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results - Barry O'Reilly Barry's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Stay curious - when you encounter something you think is not right, ask "why do you think that" with curiosity Get comfortable with being uncomfortable Start small and feel successful

 Episode 390 | Brian Pontarelli - Emotional Response | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:47:11

Guest: @ Brian Pontarelli talks with Dave Rael about doing both business and software, appealing to people, extroversion, and doing what is needed Brian Pontarelli is founder and CEO of FusionAuth, a Denver-based software company that provides a free identity management platform. Brian start programming at 8 on an Apple 2e using Apple Basic. He taught himself Pascal, Assembler and C during middle and high school. Initially thinking that he had enough programming for a while, we started studying electrical engineering at the University of Colorado, only to quickly realize that differential equations and circuits gave him recurring heartburn. He switched to electrical and computer engineering midway through and started helping teachers review books, teach classes and tutor students. After college, Brian coded at various companies including XOR, US Freightways, BEA, and Orbitz. Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs, Brian always knew he would start his own company. In 2007, Brian quit his day job and took the plunge into starting a software company. Outside of work, Brian is an author and a regular speaker at numerous conferences and meetups. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Brian Pontarelli - How Brian got started in software - FusoinAuth and what Brian is trying to do - Origins of the idea of FusionAuth - Becoming an entrepreneur - Brian's story of failure - scaling up an organization without the need to do so - Balancing writing software and running a business - Teaching, communicating, speaking, and writing - Living in the Denver area - Brian's book recommendation - How Brian stays current with what he needs to know - The importance of emotional response - The things that have Brian most excited - Brian's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Brian Resources: FustionAuth Brian on LinkedIn The Story of Elasticsearch Guide to User Data Security - Brian Pontarelli Fortress of Solitude Google Alerts Apple News Josh Holmes on Developer On Fire Kotlin JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA Brian's book recommendation: DAEMON (Daemon Series) - Daniel Suarez Programming Kotlin: Create Elegant, Expressive, and Performant JVM and Android Applications - Venkat Subramaniam Brian's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Think about your users Stop thinking about code so much Have fun

 Episode 389 | Daniel Oliver - Acceptance of the Users | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:47:58

Guest: @ Daniel Oliver talks with Dave Rael about community involvement, the value of people in software, hard-earned lessons, and delivering value to developers and end users Daniel Oliver is a Microsoft MVP and a Senior Software Engineer in Tennessee. Interested in the Cloud, DevOps, Distributed Systems, .NET, and correctness of software, Daniel has worked on software for agribusiness, healthcare, and now retail and manufacturing. Having graduated college in 2014, Daniel is doing his best to grow as a person and understand that it's not about the tech, but the people! When asked "what is best in life?", he replied "To code your program, to see it deployed before you, and to hear the acceptance of the users". When not programming, he plays a lot of board games, fences with swords, reads a lot of books, and tries to take care of his garden and yard-work. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Daniel Oliver - Recognizing the value of people over technology - How Daniel got started in software - Daniel's growing emphasis on balancing work and the other parts life - Seeking out valuable mentors in the job search and what to find out in a job interview - The appeal of unique physical activities - Daniel on speaking at user groups and conferences - Daniel's broad interests and divergent job description - Getting involved in the developer community - Daniel's story of failure - creating a disastrous bug that prevented the taking of orders due to divergent runtime environments - Daniel's success story - facilitating a migration to a better system, cleaning up data, and creating a better experience for patients and healthcare professionals - Daniel's book recommendation - Daniel's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Daniel Resources: The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist - Frederick P. Brooks Brooks Cameron Presley on Developer On Fire Nashville .NET User Group Eric Anderson Gaines Kergosien on Developer On Fire Jamie Phillips Daniel's book recommendation: The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win - Gene Kim Daniel's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Software developers are users, too - Make processes and software easy for them as well as for end users - Complexity is not a badge of honor for the elite There is no best software development methodology - the only thing that matters is what works best for the company Don't attach emotional value to the way things have been done before, don't be afraid of change

 Episode 388 | Kyle Welch - Embrace Opportunity | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:44:18

Guest: @ Kyle Welch talks with Dave Rael about saying yes, community involvement, prioritizing family, and work culture Kyle is a frontend platform engineer at Eventbrite. He is tasked with providing a consistent and efficient developer experience by building a stable and robust ecosystem while maintaining their innovative nature. Prior to his current position, Kyle held various engineering roles for companies ranging from credit unions to video platforms which provided him the opportunity to learn from various technical setups and fueled his passion for Node and Javascript. In addition to coding and building, Kyle is passionate about the community and helps organize Nodevember, a Node/JavaScript conference in Nashville–a fully volunteer run event. Kyle frequently talks about JavaScript, ReactJS, and other programming adventures at various conferences to share his expertise and knowledge with those learning to grow in the field. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Kyle Welch - Kyle's history with languages and platforms - Kyle on DevOps - Kyle, the conference speaker - How Kyle got started in software - Organizing conferences and the good and bad of saying yes to opportunities - Working at Eventbrite - Kyle's story of failure - the pain of nondeterministic build failures - Kyle success story - working toward team autonomy - Kyle's book recommendation - The things that cause Kyle both excitement and stress - The growing popularity of conference speaking - Kyle's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Kyle Resources: Eventbrite Cory House on Developer On Fire Cory House's Course on Pluralsight David Neal on Developer On Fire David Neal - Public Speaking without Barfing on Your Shoes Developer On Fire Membership Nodevember Rob Richardson in the Develop Yourself Package Rob Richardson on Developer On Fire Kyle's book recommendation: Improve Your Communication Skills (Creating Success) - Alan Barker Kyle's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Find something you're good at, specialize in it, and commit to it really hard Use a support system and don't be afraid to ask for help Don't shy away from opportunity, Embrace it

 Episode 387 | Dru Sellers - A Curious Mind | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:53:10

Guest: @ Dru Sellers talks with Dave Rael about being self-taught, involvement in open source, meeting friends, and delivering value Dru enjoys exploring the intersection of business and technology. Its not uncommon to find Dru's nose buried in either a Business or Technology book while taking notes about how this can be leveraged into novel business value. Dru is the VP of Operations at One More Cloud (OMC), a company that provides hosted search for its customers on either Solr ( or Elasticsearch ( He gets to express his technologist side by helping maintain OMC's server fleet and he get's to express his business side assisting with sales and keeping tabs on the company's financials. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Dru Sellers - How Dru got started in software - Dru's early work experiences and getting involved in open source - Working without teams and finding your own team - Experiences with different platforms and tools - Dru's interest in business - Meeting friends, making connections, and open sourcing common elements of building systems - Sharing software components via package management - Dru's story of failure - doing too much too fast, overlooking business core competencies - Dru's book recommendation - Dru's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Dru Resources: Dru's Website Rolemaster Rocky Lhotka CSLA .NET MonoRail (Castle on Rails) Castle Project Hamilton Verissimo Oren Eini (Ayende) on Developer On Fire JetBrains Rider Rob Reynolds on Developer On Fire MassTransit NServiceBus Chris Patterson Chuck Norris Framework Capistrano Gems Nuget Phil Haack on Developer On Fire Scott Guthrie Udi Dahan on Developer On Fire Dovetail Los Techies Chad Myers Tim Barcz Keith Dahlby David Laribee Dru's book recommendation: Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals - Saul D. Alinsky Dru's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Ask "What can I do for you today?" Know what you're good and bad at doing and work with your strengths Read or do more of whatever it is facilitates you learning best

 Episode 386 | Josh Holmes - Freedom and Relationships | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:48:07

Guest: @ Josh Holmes talks with Dave Rael about management, leadership, learning, mistakes, freedom, connecting to the mission, and human relationships Josh Holmes is a passionate soul who gets his kicks solving problems with deep fried awesomeness. He is currently employed by Microsoft as the lead of the Web Apps and Frameworks team helping build a better browser for people to build apps around. Prior to joining Microsoft in October 2006, Josh was a consultant working with a variety of clients ranging from large Fortune 500 firms to smaller sized companies. Josh is a frequent speaker and lead panelist at national and international software development conferences focusing on web technologies on the Microsoft stack such as ASP.NET, PHP, IronRuby, JavaScript and more. Community focused, Josh has founded and/or run many technology organizations from the Great Lakes Area .NET Users Group to the Ann Arbor Computer Society and was on the forming committee for CodeMash. You can contact Josh through his blog at Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Josh Holmes - Josh's long run working at Microsoft - Doing open source at Microsoft - Management, leadership, and helping other people succeed - Solving problems over beautiful code - Wisdom from mistakes and sharing lessons - Josh's failure story - speaking on larger stages before preparation, testing the wrong use case - Josh's book recommendation - Working with people with unique abilities and constraints, including mental illnesses - Josh's cultural lessons and experiences from living and working in Ireland - Josh's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Josh Resources: Josh's Blog Josh on LinkedIn Microsoft Edge Joomla Sam Moffatt WinCache Extension for PHP Steve Irwin Scott Hanselman on Developer On Fire Phil Haack on Developer On Fire Office Space Coder Cruise David Oleksa Michael Eaton on Developer On Fire Ted Neward on Developer On Fire Open Sourcing Mental Illness Ed Finkler on Developer On Fire John Dennehy Josh's book recommendation: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable - Patrick Lencioni Drop In: Lead with Deeper Presence and Courage - Sara Harvey Yao Working with Emotional Intelligence - Daniel Goleman Conscious Business: How to Build Value through Values - Fred Kofman Josh's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Understand your company's mission Understand how you contribute to your company's mission Understand your customers' mission and what they're trying to accomplish

 Episode 385 | Jay Gibb - Opportunity Knocks | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:50:46

Guest: @ Jay Gibb talks with Dave Rael about software, translating between business and technical, understanding problems, and recognizing opportunities Jay Gibb is the Founder and CEO of a B2B SaaS company called CloudSponge and a partner at a distributed software engineering consulting agency called Arizona Bay. He and his team have built hundreds of online businesses with entrepreneurs over the last 20 years and he’s an expert at helping non-technical (and quasi-technical) entrepreneurs build new software products and manage technology teams for their ventures. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Jay Gibb - The nature of Arizona Bay and CloudSponge and the problems CloudSponge solves - Testing of CloudSponge and exposing and sharing the results - Remote culture before it was cool and into the modern era - Jay's career progression and growing roles, including advice for growth and the benefits of having technical information on proposals - Jay's story of failure - spending an entire project's budget on a specific feature (and then turning that failure into a successful product) - Figuring out what you're building - Jay's book recommendation - The things that have Jay most excited - Jay's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Jay Resources: Jay on LinkedIn Arizona Bay CloudSponge OpenInviter Plaxo Ruby on Rails History The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist - Frederick P. Brooks Brooks Zapier IFTTT Jay's book recommendation: Smart Marketing for Engineers: An Inbound Marketing Guide to Reaching Technical Audiences - Rebecca Geier Jay's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Listen and ask better questions, investigate frames of mind Look around at the opportunities available Share the information you have discovered

 Episode 384 | Maxime Rouiller - Productive Time | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:48:40

Guest: @ Maxime Rouiller talks with Dave Rael about priorities, working for MIcrosoft, making great experiences, and that relationships matter Maxime Rouiller has been in the tech industry since the 2000s. He's always been working with .NET for as far as he can remember. He's built his profile on being a master of all trades. He's setup VMs, SharePoint environments, built servers and what not. He's coded from desktop apps to server apps, but he's truly found my passion around the web, however. Since then, he's been consulting independently for 3 years before seeing an opportunity to join Microsoft. He co-manages a local user group in Montreal, and owns his own blog. If you want to talk bread and bicycling, he's your man. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Maxime Rouiller - Maxime on working at Microsoft - The Cloud Developer Advocate role and Maxime's typical day - The evolution of Azure and open source at Microsoft - How Maxime got started in software - Keyboarding competency - Maxime's story of failure - deleting a production database, joining the wrong team - Choosing the right team - Priorities and using your time well - Maxime's book recommendations - Maxime's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Maxime Resources: Maxime's Social Profile MSDEVMTL User Group Scott Guthrie Cecil Phillip Microsoft's MIssion Microsoft Learn Microsoft Ignite Turbo Button The Joel Test Joel Spolsky Scott Hanselman Microsoft Most Valuable Professional The Cucumber Book: Behaviour-Driven Development for Testers and Developers - Matt Wynne Eric Evans on Developer On Fire Udi Dahan on Developer On Fire Advanced Distributed Systems Design - Udi Dahan's Course Explore DDD Maxime's book recommendation: Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs) - Richard K. Morgan Domain-Driven Design: Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software - Eric Evans The Art of Unit Testing: with examples in C# - Roy Osherove Maxime's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Find the pain points where people are hurting Focus on your passion Relationship matters

 Episode 383 | Cameron Presley - The Meaning of Professional | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:46:15

Guest: @ Cameron Presley talks with Dave Rael about having mentors, being a mentor, being a professional, leading, organizing user groups and conferences, and multiplying the impact of teams Cameron Presley is a software engineer, avid boardgamer, and Microsoft MVP living in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He currently works for SentryOne as a software engineer, focusing on improving the lives of Microsoft Data Professionals! When not slinging code for his day job, Cameron spends his time organizing content for Functional Knox, co-organizing Lambda Squared (a single day, single track functional programming conference), working with speakers for CodeStock and helping developers improve their craft and career through Code Connective. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Cameron Presley - The human element in creating software and Cameron's ambitions to teach math - Being a mentor and having mentors - Cameron on organizing user groups and conferences - Connections and getting great speakers - How Cameron got started in software - Cameron on remote work - Cameron's story of failure - working n isolation and slamming in changes without due diligence - Cameron's success story - making lives better by embedding in a dysfunctional team and fixing some destructive practices - Being a professional and the importance of interacting as equal participants - Cameron's book recommendations - The things that have Cameron most excited - Book club utility and mechanics - Cameron's mentoring efforts with Code Connective - Humility, better ways of offering suggestions for better code, and collective code ownership - Cameron's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Cameron Resources: Cameron's Blog FunctionalKnox Lambda Squared Code Connective Geoff Mazeroff Carl Friedrich Gauss Kansas City Developer Conference Reid Evans on Developer On Fire John De Goes on Developer On Fire Paul Snively Emily Estes Julie Moronuki David Koontz LambdaCast The Haskell Book Bryan Hunter on Developer On Fire Remote: Office Not Required - Jason Fried David Heinemeier Hansson on Developer On Fire Dave Thomas on Developer On Fire Ted Patterson Sandi Metz on Developer On Fire Cameron's book recommendation: The Clean Coder: A Code of Conduct for Professional Programmers - Robert C. Martin The Effective Engineer: How to Leverage Your Efforts In Software Engineering to Make a Disproportionate and Meaningful Impact - Edmond Lau Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager - Michael Lopp Cameron's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Make sure you understand what you need to deliver Try to get feedback on what you are doing Get to know your team

 Episode 382 | Christina Aldan - Fiercely Grateful | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:49:18

Guest: @ Christina Aldan talks with Dave Rael about branding, confidence, understanding why, lifestyle, and controlling what you can control Christina Aldan is a TEDx speaker, trainer, and digital advertising consultant whose boutique agency, LG Designs, offers businesses brand consulting and creative content for everyday media. With over 12 years of experience in the digital advertising realm, Christina is highly regarded for her approach to business, partnering with clients to find unique strategies that ensure their advertising goals are met. Christina builds connections through her keynote addresses, training workshops, and technological education. She uses these tools to help individuals and businesses cultivate value in everyday media. She has presented trainings for the Microsoft MVP community and tech conferences worldwide. She is the co-founder for The FierceWomen Project. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Christina Aldan - Christina's connection with design and figuring out what we're really delivering - The power of asking why to deliver real value - means vs ends - Branding, advertising, and marketing - We're better with people than we think - Christina's journey to being a confident speaker and continuing struggles with irmpostor syndrome - Christina's interest in female entrepreneurs and technologists - Integration of work and life and improving interactions - Christina's story of failure - working without an agreement - Christina's book recommendation - Christina's lifestyle - Christina's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Christina Resources: LG Designs - Christina's Business Christina - TEDx Speaker Jay Harris on Developer On Fire Ann Arbor GiveCamp The 5 Whys Beginner's Mind Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice - Shunryu Suzuki Mr. Potato Head Pareto Principle Impostor Syndrome The Fierce Women Project J.G. Boccella Bring Your Strength Heather Wilde on Developer On Fire Tony Hsieh Jon Mills on Developer On Fire Jeff Strauss Christina's book recommendation: The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses - Eric Ries Emotional Intelligence 2.0 - Travis Bradberry Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business - Gino Wickman Christina's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Ask pointed questions to understand the why Pick up the phone Look first at yourself in identifying problems and improving your situation

 Episode 381 | Abhinav Asthana - Big Impact | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:46:22

Guest: @ Abhinav Asthana talks with Dave Rael about vision, leading, value, patience, and using empathy to make something great As a developer on a mission to simplify API development, Abhinav and his partners started Postman as a side-project in 2012. It has grown to become an industry standard API Development Environment. Postman has more than 5 million users worldwide and is used in every country and every industry sector. Growing from a simple REST client in 2012, Postman now helps developers do everything from design, testing, mocking to monitoring and publishing, in a real-time collaborative environment. Postman has offices in Bangalore, San Francisco and Austin. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Abhinav Asthana - Foundations and understanding what is happening beneath the surface - The success of Postman, marketing, great design,and product recognition - Turning a side project into a business and figuring out value points - The responsibilities of running a business, executing on a vision, programming as "the good stuff", and leadership - Abhinav on moving to San Francisco and seeing your software in action - The magnitude of Abhinav's experience and story - Abhinav's story of failure - deficiency of clarity - Abhinav on empathy and psychology - Abhinav's book recommendations - The things that have Abhinav most excited - Abhinav's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Abhinav Resources: Postman Postman on Twitter cURL Segment from Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, including Postman (at the 4-minute mark) Postman Collections The Three Virtues of Software Developers Postman Jetpacks Ankit Sobti Abhijit Kane How Postman went from a hobby on the Chrome webstore to a platform of 3 million users Abhinav's book recommendation: Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman The Society of Mind - Marvin Minsky Scale: The Universal Laws of Life, Growth, and Death in Organisms, Cities, and Companies - Geoffrey West Abhinav's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Be empathetic and listen Get context from a wide variety of sources Hold back and have patience on capturing value

 Episode 380 | David DeWolf - Humble Confidence | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:51:16

Guest: @ David DeWolf talks with Dave Rael about technology, family, leadership, mentoring, business, responsibility, and understanding context David DeWolf is the founder and CEO of 3Pillar Global, a leading digital product development firm and an active member of the business and technology communities in the Washington DC metro region. Equally as important, he is a husband and a father of 7 incredible kids. He's active in YPO, serves on several boards and regularly speaks and writes at the intersection of his passions. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and David DeWolf - Helping others discover what they really want in software, business, and family - How David got started in software - Mentoring and being mentored - Technical and nontechnical - the rewards of creation in both software and business - connecting technology with context - The nature and work of 3Pillar Global - Shore-agnostic teams - Rewards and responsibilities and the sacrifices necessary to be a leader - David's story of failure - Having to let multiple people go because of missing some signals - Failing fast, persistence, and humble confidence - David's book recommendations - Resetting trust and healthy conversations - David's top 3 tips for delivering more value Resources: 3Pillar Global The 3Pillar Blog The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist - Frederick P. Brooks Jr. Kyle Scarmardo on Developer On Fire Domain-Driven Design: Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software - Eric Evans Product Mindset John 13:12-17 - Servant Leadership Consumer Price Index Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action - Simon Sinek Google and Psychological Safety David's book recommendation: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable - Patrick Lencioni Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't - Simon Sinek Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win (New Edition) - Jocko Willink David's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Listen and ask questions Understand context Don't be afraid to put it out there

 Episode 379 | Richard Rodger - Conscious Decisions | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:50:02

Guest: @ Richard Rodger talks with Dave Rael about the maturing of the web, decisions, the human element in software and business, bitterness, microservices, and choosing wisely Richard was co-founder and CEO of his previous company, nearForm, where he helped take the company from scratch to an annual turnover of €17 million. Previously, he was CTO of FeedHenry, a mobile application platform provider that was acquired by RedHat for €63.5m in 2014. For several years, Richard has been an active member and influencer of the open source software (OSS) community. He is the creator and maintainer of, a microservices framework for Node.js. Richard is also the host of the monthly Dublin Microservices meetup in Ireland. Richard writes a weekly column in the Irish Independent newspaper. His latest book, The Tao of Microservices, will be published by Manning in 2018. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Richard Rodger - A nostalgic look back at the maturing of the internet - Chance in career paths and the various virtues that work in software careers - Decision journaling - Marketing, sales, politics, and human interaction for developers - Richard's interest in Microservices - Richard book recommendation - Richard's book - The Tao of Microservices - and the learnings that went into it - Extracting infrastructure and disposable code and infrastructure - Richard's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Richard Resources: Voxgig The Tao of Microservices - Richard Rodger Seneca.js Eternal September "The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter." Civilization Irish Independent Newspaper Farnam Street Shane Parrish Farnam Street Podcast Capability Maturity Model Developing software for the space shuttle Greg Young - The art of destroying software Niccolò Machiavelli The Essential Writings of Machiavelli (Modern Library Classics) - Niccolo Machiavelli Richard's book recommendation: Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction, Second Edition - Steve McConnell Richard's top 3 tips for delivering more value: There is always an acceptable error rate Don't forget the human factor - Design as much for psychological efficiency as technical efficiency Choose your career path carefully and with open eyes Isolate brain modes


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