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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 289 | Bryan Liles - Leading By Example | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:49:51

Guest: Bryan Liles @bryanl Bryan Liles talks with Dave Rael about the power of computing, relationships, and expanding the toolbelt Bryan Liles loves computers and computing. When not learning a new language or tool, he gets to speak at conferences on topics ranging from machine learning to building the next generation of developers. In his free time, Bryan races cars in straight lines and around turns and builds robots and devices. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Bryan Liles - Bryan's interest in DevOps - Opportunity and how Bryan got into UNIX, Linux, and programming - The things that "light Bryan up" - Leading teams vs tech focus, "being in charge vs leading", and the meaning of leadership - Bryan's story of failure - fired because of deficiency of humility - Bryan's success story - establishing mutually beneficial relationships such that jobs are easy to find and require no interview - Bryan's work ethic and the value of hard work - Bryan, the conference and event speaker - Bryan's tips for speakers - Bryan's interest in learning new languages and tools - How Bryan stays current with what he needs to know - Bryan's book recommendation - Bryan's self-reflection process, including motivations - Bryan's big advice for being your best - The things that have Bryan most excited - The things that cause Bryan pain and suffering - Bryan's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Bryan Resources: Bryan on GitHub Color Computer 3 Tandy 1000 TL Turbo Button Fred George on Developer On Fire Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity - David Allen The Pomodoro Technique Dave on The Pomodoro Technique FreeBSD Bryan's book recommendation: The Manager's Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change - Camille Fournier Bryan's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Have a plan Don't be a jerk It's not that serious

 Episode 288 | Rachel Smith - Connecting and Delivering | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:48:59

Guest: Rachel Smith @rachsmithtweets Rachel Smith talks with Dave Rael about working remotely, speaking at conferences, connecting with people, and delivering in multiple ways Rachel is a Software Engineer at CodePen. Her interest in web animation led her to pursue an award-winning career in the advertising industry, building digital experiences for big brands. After being an avid user of CodePen she transitioned to a Product Engineer position at the company and now works on improving the Software that enables other people to create their own web animations. She currently works across the full stack at CodePen but specializes in the Front End and is leading the Product's move from jQuery to React. Rachel recently relocated from the USA back to her home country, Australia where she lives with the lights of her life: her husband Andy and dog Indy. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Rachel Smith - Rachel's thoughts on feelings of inadequacy and being an imposter - Rachel's origin in web animation and path into more general software development - Rachel's experience with computer engineering in school - Rachel's diverse set of places she has lived and worked and working remotely - Finding a dream job, the value of conferences, and the value for connecting with people - Difficulty with speaking at conference and using it as a hack to connect - Rachel's story of failure - visibly taking down a feature - Rachel's success story - identifying a need for project management and executing on it to fix a dysfunctional project - How Rachel stays current with what she needs to know - Rachel's book recommendation - The things that have Rachel most excited - The positives and negatives of remote work - Rachel's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Rachel Resources: Rachel's Blog Rachel's CodePen Profile CodePen Rachel's Post on "Imposter Syndrome" Chris Coyier CSS-Tricks Bullet Journal Rachel's book recommendation: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World - Cal Newport Rachel's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Look after your own physical and mental health Keeping in mind the recipient of the value you are providing Work on your written communication skills

 Episode 287 | Jason Huggins - Robotic Aspirations | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:55:54

Guest: Jason Huggins @hugs Jason Huggins talks with Dave Rael about fortuitous circumstances, integrity, creating tools, and fulfilling desires Jason Huggins is the founder of Tapster Robotics and is also the creator of popular open-source automated-testing tools Selenium and Appium (co-creator). Selenium is used to automate web browsers, while Appium automates mobile apps. These tools have become standard choices worldwide. In 2013, Jason Huggins was selected to join President Obama’s “tech surge” team tasked with fixing the troubled At Tapster Robotics, Jason has combined this unique automated testing experience with his life-long enthusiasm for all-things-robotic. Prior to starting Tapster, Jason was founder and CTO at Sauce Labs and an automation engineer at Google. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Jason Huggins - Optimism and testing - How Jason fell into automated testing and the need for dealing with testing in JavaScript-heavy applications - The nature of testing - The problem addressed by Tapster and what you should test - The good fortune of circumstances beneficial for creating Selenium and open sourcing it - Doing things you haven't done before and fulfilling desires, especially Jason's interest in robotics - Jason's story of failure - severe consequences for dishonesty - Jason's book recommendation - Jason's top 3 tips for delivering more value Resources: Tapster Robotics Tapster on Twitter Jason's (Inactive) Blog Selenium Appium What your most frequently used emoji say about you - BBC Kevin Kelly on Amazon ThoughtWorks Gmail History Tilting at windmills Don Quixote - Miguel De Cervantes Jurassic Park: A Novel - Michael Crichton Short Circuit (1986 film) (the Johnny 5 reference) Armatron U.S. Air Force ROTC Jason's book recommendation: The Odyssey - Homer, new translation by Emily Wilson Jason's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Look for ways to step up when other people take a step back Strive to always have at least one year of savings in your bank account Be on the lookout for your own implicit biases

 Episode 286 | Pablo Rivera - Grateful Underdog | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:54:54

Guest: Pablo Rivera @pryelluw Pablo Rivera talks with Dave Rael about lessons learned from experiences with mortality, making the most of your situation, technology and business, and gratitude Pablo Rivera is an accomplished software engineer, entrepreneur, and father. He recently relocated to Georgia after hurricane Maria destroyed his hometown, and with it, two successful tech businesses. Pablo is now driven to join a great company where he can leverage his skills and experience. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Pablo Rivera - Taking action, defying the odds, running, and the deep emotion of facing mortality in Pablo's family - Pablo's experience in Puerto Rico with Hurricane Maria and losing everything - Pablo's next moves after relocating to Atlanta - The hurricane aftermath in Puerto Rico and the long path to recovery - Pablo's month of learning to use .NET that led to getting a software development job and career path - Pablo, the business man and programmer - The things that "light Pablo up" and computing as an alternative to more risky paths to income - Pablo's philosophy on life - Intrinsic value, value investing, providing value, and failing to succeed - Pablo on having flexibility and filling many roles in businesses - Pablo and the The Lambda Cartel - Pablo's Book Recommendations - The value of relationships and an admonition not to burn bridges - How Pablo stays current with what he needs to know - Pablo's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Pablo Resources: Pablo's Blog Hurricane Maria - 2017 Binary Tree Warren Buffett Pablo's Tweet on Businesses and Binary Trees Scott Nimrod on Developer On Fire The Lambda Cartel Mitchell Tilbrook AltaVista Django Jeff Bezos on outcome focus The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change - Stephen R. Covey Pablo's book recommendation: How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie Security Analysis: Sixth Edition, Foreword by Warren Buffett (Security Analysis Prior Editions) - Benjamin Graham Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald's - Ray Kroc Pablo's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Focus on the outcome Focus on the outcome Focus on the outcome

 Episode 285 | Damarius Hayes - Supporting Impact | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:46:17

Guest: Damarius Hayes @damariushayes Damarius Hayes talks with Dave Rael about innovation, learning, helping young people grow, and applying lessons Damarius Hayes is a L2 Support Software Engineer for IBM Support. Where he specialized in technical troubleshooting and problem determination for IBM WebSphere product. His area of domain covers, Connections, Enterprise Java Beans, and Transactions related issues for his clients. Been working with IBM for the last 4 years, while working on integrating data analytics, data visualization, and machine learning within Customer Support. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Damarius Hayes - Damarius's life at IBM, getting connected, and his schooling - The things that "light Damarius up" - How Damarius got started in software - Damarius's story of failure - Customer dissatisfaction due to repeated support cases and missing context - Damarius's success story - Identifying a problem, proposing a novel solution, and moving the state of the art forward - How Damarius stays current with what he needs to know - How software works and applying lessons learned in one place to another - Damarius's book recommendation - Damarius's volunteer efforts and mentoring - The things that have Damarius most excited - Damarius's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Damarius Resources: BIM - Research Triangle Park IBM WebSphere Application Server Justin James on Developer On Fire High availability manager IBM - What makes you special - sliced bread Damarius on Instagram Damarius's book recommendation: Linked: The New Science of Networks - Albert-laszlo Barabasi Damarius's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Listen more than you talk Challenge yourself Prioritize your time according to your needs and wants

 Episode 284 | Heather Downing - Positive Leadership | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:57:59

Guest: Heather Downing @quorralyne Heather Downing talks with Dave Rael about becoming an organizational leader, international speaking experiences, visual learning, and sharing content Climbing the technology mountain and halfway up the side. Experience in .Net, mobile and basic iOT. Focusing on coding for humans and choosing the right tool for the job. Heather is a passionate coder and entrepreneur. She has experience working with Fortune 500 companies building enterprise level mobile and .Net applications. She spends her spare time at tech conferences supporting the growth of new developers of all genders, ages and backgrounds. When not coding, Heather spends her time as a competitive equestrian and learning the art of mounted archery. Chapters: - Changes for Heather since her first Developer On Fire appearance and her many speaking opportunities - Feedback for speakers - Heather on making connections around the world via conferences - The Hello World Show - Heather and Spencer Schneidenbach's YouTube Channel for Visual Learning - Learning to share content and taking action on making it available - Giving back - Expert status, ego, and humility - Heather's experience with learning from Dave Fancher while troubleshooting a demo - Human connection and the benefits of being a speaker and sharing what you have to offer - "Negativity breeds negativity" - Heather on becoming a leader in technology and learning to effectively lead teams Resources: The Hello World Show - Heather and Spencer Schneidenbach's YouTube Channel for Visual Learning Heather's First Appearance on Developer On Fire Jon Mills on Developer On Fire NDC Conferences Rob Conery on Developer On Fire Cory House on Developer On Fire Arthur Doler on Developer On Fire Prarie Dev Con CodeMash Spencer Schneidenbach on Developer On Fire .NET Rocks! Carl Franklin on Developer On Fire Richard Campbell on Developer On Fire MythBusters Jamie Hyneman Adam Savage Amazon S3 Outage in Early 2017 Kansas City Developer Conference Dave Fancher on Developer On Fire Ted Neward on Developer On Fire So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love - Cal Newport Heather's book recommendation: The Imposter’s Handbook - Rob Conery Heather's top 3 tips for delivering more value:

 Episode 283 | Duane Newman - Socially Engaged | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:52:59

Guest: Duane Newman @duanenewman Duane Newman talks with Dave Rael about exciting hobbies, conference speaking, career growth, and the joy of automation Duane is Co-Founder of Alien Arc Technologies, LLC where he focuses on creating apps targeting mobile devices, modern desktops, and the Internet of Things. As a Microsoft MVP and technology enthusiast with a passion for good software he strives to bring solutions that improve or eliminate costly duplication and repetitive processes so more important things can be done. He enjoys teaching others and speaks at conferences around the Midwest on topics ranging from DevOps to Xamarin. When not behind a computer screen he can be found sharing his love of SCUBA and all things underwater with new divers at the pool or through his underwater videos and photos at Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Duane Newman - Duane and game development - Duane, the business owner - Duane, the conference speaker and social developer - The things that "light Duane up" - Duane's story of failure - copy/paste coding, error handling without due care, embarrassing application crashes - Duane's success story - delivering value via automation, especially around DevOps - How Duane stays current with what he needs to know - Duane, the user group organizer - Duane's path toward engaging more in conferences and advice for developers to do the same - Duane's book recommendation - The things that have Duane most excited - XAML, Xamarin, Windows Presentation Foundation, and related platforms and tooling - Duane's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Duane Resources: Duane's Blog Duane's SCUBA and Advernture Site SCUBA Diving Ultima Jeremy Clark on Developer On Fire Jeremy Clark's "Becoming a Social Developer" Site Jeremy Clark's "Becoming a Social Developer" Talk Octopus Deploy Paul Stovell on .NET Rocks! talking about Octopus Deploy (including a mug-worthy comment from Duane) Damian Brady on Developer On Fire Kansas City .NET User Group Lee Brandt on Developer On Fire Kansas City Developer Conference John Papa on Developer On Fire Jon Mills on Developer On Fire The Jetsons Xamarin Xamarin.Forms Trello Duane's book recommendation: Mistborn Trilogy Boxed Set (Mistborn, The Hero of Ages, & The Well of Ascension) - Brandon Sanderson Duane's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Do not repeat yourself Think about what is needed, not what you can do Track your objectives

 Episode 282 | Standa Novak - Extreme Productivity | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:54:45

Guest: Standa Novák @StandNov Standa Novak - Extreme Productivity Standa Novák is a software engineer with 5 years of commercial experience, currently working at NetSuite/Oracle. He has also had an almost year-long career as a videogames programmer. He is still creating games in his free time and sometimes streams the development live. In his personal life, he is a dad, sometimes a musician, a video-maker and likes doing anything creative. He likes to take things to extreme levels, in a way of Extreme Programming. For example, practicing the Getting Things Done methodology literally everywhere :) Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Standa Novak - Applying Getting Things Done to Standa's family - Extreme Programming - Standa's history with developing games and how he got into software development - The market for game developers - Standa's extremes and processes for acquiring self-awareness and allocating time to the right activities - Standa's vision for a "happier world" and his priorities - Standa's stories of failure - Lessons in humility - Standa's book recommendation - The things that have Standa most excited - Standa's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Standa Resources: Standa's Wiki site Standa on Facebook Standa's YouTube Channel Standa on Twitch Getting Things Done David Allen Recommended Label Maker "Uncle Bob" Martin on Developer On Fire Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change, 2nd Edition (The XP Series) - Kent Beck The Clean Coder: A Code of Conduct for Professional Programmers - Robert C. Martin Unity Game Engine Ludum Dare Shawn Rakowski on Developer On Fire Mini Metro Madfinger Games Zeitgeist Film Series Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software - Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides Standa's book recommendation: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity - David Allen The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment - Eckhart Tolle Standa's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Be honest wherever and whenever it's both possible and safe Share your incompleteness Have a lower bar for your expectations, be satisfied with what you have, and don't be too hard on yourself

 Episode 281 | Rick Pack - Cool Scholar | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:52:19

Guest: Rick Pack @rick_pack2 Rick Pack talks with Dave Rael about using data to inform decisions, learning from mistakes, broad interests, and applying lessons Rick Pack is a data scientist who enjoys running in master's track meets and volunteering through chess mentorship. He programs primarily in R and SQL although he has dabbled in F# and Excel VBA, and primarily used SAS for 7 years, primarily in the pharmaceutical industry as a statistical programmer. His energetic home includes an energetic wife and dog (goldendoodle). His data science work is currently focused on a value-based healthcare initiative. He also continues to work on an R package called fbadstats to assist with analyzing one's Facebook advertising efforts. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Rick Pack - How Rick became a data scientist - Rick's interest in health and healthcare - Rick on being a programmer rather than a developer - The nature of data science - The things that "light Rick up" - Limitation of the conclusions you can draw from data and the virtue of statistical analysis - Rick's interest in being both cool and scholarly - Rick's story of failure - overworking and letting go of taking care of himself - The lessons from Rick's background in political science applicable to data science and programming - Rick's success story - Navigating the competing interests of different stakeholders to deliver something useful with a nice user interface while learning new tools - How Rick stays current with what he needs to know - Rick's book recommendation - The things that have Rick most excited - Rick's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Rick Resources: Rick's Blog Masters Track Meets SAS Melinda Thielbar Jamie Dixon on Developer On Fire Kevin Feasel Thomas Henson on Developer On Fire Aslak Hellesøy on Developer On Fire Terence McGhee on Developer On Fire Scott Nimrod on Developer On Fire Neil Strauss on the Tim Ferriss Show John Sonmez on Developer On Fire Rick's book recommendation: R Packages: Organize, Test, Document, and Share Your Code - Hadley Wickham R for Data Science: Import, Tidy, Transform, Visualize, and Model Data - Hadley Wickham The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships - NEIL STRAUSS Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America - Nathan McCall Rick's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Understand requirements Have the courage to offer ideas, even if they differ from the given requirements - also know that unrealistic timelines are not final Take care of your mental health

 Episode 280 | Rehema Wachira | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:47:38

Guest: Rehema Wachira @remy_stack Rehema Wachira talks with Dave Rael about career rewards, learning to code, new experiences, and being a role model Rehema Wachira is a software developer with Andela, living and working in Nairobi, Kenya. Rehema studied political and social theory at the University of Virginia before working in arts and education programs for nonprofits. She then spent 3 years working in advertising for a telecommunications company, an experience which sparked her interest in technology products and the influence they can have on communities. She found the right combination of creativity, challenge and impact in software development. Rehema’s technical experience includes building web apps with Ruby on Rails and Python. When she is not coding, Rehema can be found reading about product design, binge-watching sci-fi shows, and learning how to play her Ukulele. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Rehema Wachira - Rehema's background in political and social theory - How Rehema got started in software - Rehema's history and role with Andela - The rewards of solving real problems with technology - Andela's application and apprenticeship processes and Rehema's experience with them - How the experience of becoming a software developer has changed Rehema and her approach to life - Rehema's story of failure - being unprepared for a class in school, unwilling to ask for help, and the related crisis of confidence - Rehema, the role model - Rehema's success story - joining Andela and learning to be a professional software developer - cooperative learning, asking questions when needed, and learning a valuable lesson - Rehema's book recommendation - The things that have Rehema most excited - Rehema's causes of pain and suffering - Rehema's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Rehema Resources: Andela Rehema on Instagram Andela Learning Community Codecademy Udacity Andela's Home Study Curriculum IBM Watson API Linda Rising on Developer On Fire Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - Carol S. Dweck Eloquent JavaScript, 2nd Ed.: A Modern Introduction to Programming - Marijn Haverbeke Rehema's book recommendation: Indie Hackers Julie Zhuo Rehema's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Understand who is your target end user and build for them Technology is a creative tool - use it to express yourself and understand the diversity of your audience Communicate with an actual curiosity about other people and seek diverse experiences

 Episode 279 | Fred George - Making Sure the Right Decisions Are Made | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:55:33

Guest: Fred George @fgeorge52 Fred George talks with Dave Rael about writing software, programmer anarchy, cyclical change, and leadership Fred George is a consultant with many decades experience in the industry including over twenty years doing object programming and over a dozen years doing Agile/XP. He's a hands-on software developer with executive responsibilities and experience, an early experimenter in micro-service architectures from 2005, and father of the post-Agile process termed Programmer Anarchy. He's an earlier implementer of new technology for his entire career, including computer networking in the 70's, LAN's and GUI in the 80's, and OO and Agile in the 90's. He's a very early adopter of Kanban processes and considered the "grandfather of microservices" and may have coined the term. He has used over 70 programming languages in his career (so far). Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Fred George - Programmer Anarchy - Fred on moving in and out of management - Fred on leadership and the use of authority and persuasion - Prescriptive application of Programmer Anarchy and Extreme Programming - Psychological safety and experimentation - How Fred got started in software - Cyclical changes - The things that "light Fred up" - Fred on failure - projects that were killed, businesses with dysfunction, avoiding failure, and working with good people - Fred on firing people - The value of diversity - Microservices - How Fred stays current with what he needs to know - Fred's book recommendations - The things that have Fred most excited - Fred's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Fred Resources: Fred Speaking on Programmer Anarchy Fred George Query on YouTube Michael Bolton on Developer On Fire Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change, 2nd Edition (The XP Series) - Kent Beck Anarchy Doc Norton on Developer On Fire Fred on .NET Rocks! talking about Programmer Anarchy The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist - Frederick P. Brooks Jr. Jim Rohn - "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." Richard Campbell on Developer On Fire Josh Varty on Developer On Fire Jeff Sutherland Adrian Cockcroft on Microservices Martin Fowler Dave Thomas Dave Thomas on Developer On Fire Kent Beck Fred's book recommendation: Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code - Martin Fowler Refactoring: Ruby Edition: Ruby Edition (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby) - Jay Fields Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns - Kent Beck Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software - Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides The Elements of Java(TM) Style (SIGS Reference Library) - Allan Vermeulen Fred's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Understand the problem you're solving Know your colleagues, their strengths and weaknesses, and complement them Be assertive about being successful and have a success mindset

 Episode 278 | Thomas Henson | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:49:48

Guest: Thomas Henson @henson_tm Thomas Henson talks with Dave Rael about broad interests, data science, data engineering, career progression, listening to users, and being a good teammate Thomas Henson is a known Hadoop Guru who is known for helping teams solve complex problems with Big Data. Thomas is a Software Engineer at heart and Big Data Analytics Evanglist by trade; where he specializes in solving real world problems with Hadoop. He is proud Alumni of the University of North Alabama; where he received both his undergraduate and graduate degree. Thomas has been seen at many conferences events like Hadoop Summit, Future of Data Roadshow and Fed Forum. You can always check him out at or on twitter at @henson_tm. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Thomas Henson - Data Science and Data Engineering and the team game that is Big Data - Thomas's path into Big Data - Thomas's experiences with being focused on data - Artificial intelligence - Thomas's education and relevance to the math and algorithms in data analysis - Advice for software developers to know more about data science - Thomas's Pluralsight courses - Thomas's joy in teaching - Thomas's story of failure - building the wrong features because of not listening to users - Thomas's book recommendation - The things that have Thomas most excited - Thomas's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Thomas Resources: Thomas's Blog Thomas's Pluralsight Author Page Thomas's YouTube Channel Geeks vs Nerds Data Science and Data Engineering Big Data Hadoop Spark Nate Silver Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game - Michael Lewis Moneyball Hadoop Summit Artificial intelligence Skynet Machine learning Matrices and Matrix Arithmetic Netflix Prize Splunk Ryan Holiday The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph - Ryan Holiday Linux Academy Thomas's book recommendation: Ego Is the Enemy - Ryan Holiday Thomas's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Take time to learn something new Bring energy and attitude Rely on data

 Episode 277 | Justin James - Impactful Activities | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:47:39

Guest: Justin James @digitaldrummerj Justin James talks with Dave Rael about involvement, speaking, volunteering, mentors, and making a difference in a large organization and communities Justin is a Microsoft MVP, DevOps Evangelist, Web developer and Professional Speaker who loves to code, teach, and share his knowledge with others to help them grow in their careers. He specializes in making the complex simple and easy to understand. Justin has worked at Intel for over 20 years in various groups leading software development projects, being an Agile advocate and most recently has taken on a role as a DevOps Evangelist. Justin's new role as a DevOps Evangelist is the perfect marriage of his love of development and teaching. Justin frequently speaks at conferences, meetups, and community events. He has been a guest on the .NET Rocks podcast (episodes 1158 and 1390) and the Angular Air Videocast (episode 105). To hear his thoughts on software development and public speaking, follow his website at, subscribe to his YouTube channel at or subscribe to his Twitch channel at In his limited free time, Justin is an organizer for the Arizona Give Camp and a Chief Science Officer (CSO) Jedi Mentor. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Justin James - Justin's involvement with Arizona Give Camp - Justin's volunteer involvement as a Jedi Mentor with the Chief Science Officers program - The things that "light Justin up" - Justin's social development and becoming a speaker and volunteer - Justin's relationship with Rob Richardson - How Justin got started in software - Justin's story of failure - arriving late for a presentation (but with a positive result) - Justin's success story - volunteering with Chief Science Officer, delivering an app with a small team at Intel that made a big impact - Justin's experience with Intel and his current DevOps Evangelist role - How Justin stays current with what he needs to know - Justin's book recommendations - The things that have Justin most excited - Justin's causes of pain and suffering - Understanding the needs of the people around you - Justin's prediction for the future of software - Justin's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Justin Resources: Justin's Website Justin's Speaking Engagments Justin's YouTube Channel Arizona Give Camp Barry Stahl Rob Richardson Kansas City Developer Conference Chief Science Officers DeVry University Ted Neward on Developer On Fire Cory House on the Nature of a Conference Talk Cory House on Developer On Fire WALL-E Justin's book recommendation: Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action - Simon Sinek Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team - Simon Sinek Justin's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Ask yourself if the solution is needed, if it's the simplest solution, and if it will deliver business value If you teach something, you'll learn way more than you thought you would Comparing ourselves to others is folly - I'm not better or worse than you, we're just at different points in our timeline

 Episode 276 | Arthur Doler - Empowering Mental Health Consumers | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:55:35

Guest: Arthur Doler @arthurdoler Arthur Doler talks with Dave Rael about consuming mental health, caring about the people around you, psychology, and making an impact Arthur (or Art, take your pick) has been a software engineer for 13 years and has worked on things as exciting as analysis software for casinos and things as boring as banking websites. He is an advocate for talking openly about mental health and psychology in the technical world, and he spends a lot of time thinking about how we program and why we program, and about the tools, structures, cultures, and mental processes that help and hinder us from our ultimate goal of writing amazing things. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Arthur Doler - Art's history with mental health challenges and mental health for software developers - Opening up with coworkers and constructive ways of helping one another - Helping mental health consumers as coworkers and using behavioral language rather than (mis)using clinical terms - Teams as families and caring about the people with whom you work - Mental health concerns specific to software developers - Art's interest in psychology - Leaning more on system 2 - training ourselves with rationality - Mindfulness - How Art got started in software - Multiplying impact - Art's book recommendations - Art's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Arthur Resources: Art's Blog Art's Speaking and Conference Talks and Schedule Ed Finkler on Developer On Fire Open Sourcing Mental Illness Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Depression Anxiety disorder OSMI Survey Wellness Recovery Action Plan Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity - Kim Scott Obsessive–compulsive disorder Volkswagen Scandal Daniel Kahneman Amos Tversky Müller-Lyer illusion Mindfulness Headspace Arthur's book recommendation: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us - Daniel H. Pink Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman Arthur's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Meditate Read constantly Be compassionate

 Episode 275 | Ken Versaw - Doing What Is Needed | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:45:45

Guest: Ken Versaw @kversaw1 Ken Versaw talks with Dave Rael about life-improving experiences at conferences, automation, solving problems, and taking action Ken Versaw is a co-founder and CEO of Amegala, an organization dedicated to creating high-quality, community-focused training and networking opportunities for software development professionals. Chapters: - Dave introduces the show and Ken Versaw - Staring with Nebraska CodeCamp and growing to an organization with multiple multi-day events - The life-altering experiences of developer conferences - Ken's experiences hearing from conference attendees about benefits - Social experiences for developers - Ken's current software interest and projects - How Ken stays current with what he needs to know - How Ken got started in software - How Ken and Adam Barney became connected and started working together - Identifying things that need to be done and doing them - Ken's story of failure - Facing hostile criticism of Nebraska CodeCamp inclusivity - Ken's success story - becoming a software developer by taking a shot on scripting a task rather than manual execution - Ken's book recommendation - The things that have Ken most excited - Ken's causes of pain and suffering - Ken's top 3 tips for delivering more value - Keeping up with Ken Resources: Amegala VS Live! Adam Barney Nebraska.Code() Detroit.Code() Indy.Code() Prairie.Code() Kansas City Developer Conference SOLID Design Principles Cory House on Developer On Fire Lee Brandt on Developer On Fire Jon Mills on Developer On Fire Boon Lee Shawn Rakowski on Developer On Fire Phaser.js Compact disc George McFly and the Fear of Rejection Omaha World Herald - 48 Men. No women. How a local event's speaker list came to look like 1964 Podcast: Waking Up with Sam Harris Ken's book recommendation: The Punch Escrow - Tal M. Klein Ken's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Break a problem down into small pieces and get the small pieces of software in front of users as quickly as possible Listen to feedback Change your beliefs quickly when you encounter conflicting evidence


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