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Greater Than Code

Summary: A podcast about humans and technology. Panelists: Coraline Ada Ehmke, David Brady, Jessica Kerr, Jay Bobo, Astrid Countee and Sam Livingston-Gray. Brought to you by @therubyrep.

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 Episode 034: Systems Thinking in the Real World | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:13

Panelists: Jessica Kerr | Coraline Ada Ehmke | Janelle Klein | Astrid Countee Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “Missives from the Future of Tech: Ladies’ Night Edition” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 01:20 – Where the Lines Cross; Social Responsibility of Engineers Tragedy of the Commons 06:53 – Why We Do What We Do 09:03 – Surviving and Functioning For All Humans: Basic Social Support For sponsorship inquiries: please contact 16:20 – Preventing Infrastructure Decay and Advancing the Whole 19:54 – “The Cycle of Safety” The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson 25:21 – Scarcity 30:15 – Where are we focusing? 33:25 – Reframing The Tragedy of the Commons; Gatekeeping The Broken Promise of Open Source by Coraline Ada Ehmke 37:56 – Organizations as Business AND Schools The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge 40:25 – Abundance and Barter Systems Reflections: Coraline:  Access to technology as a human right. Janelle: Where is all the knowledge in the world? Where does the knowledge flows? What are the gates that get in the way of knowledge flows? Astrid: What would you do if money wasn’t a factor? Jessica: Software has to hold the keys. It’s the closest thing to magic that we’ve ever had. The Open Mastery Community Support us via Patreon!

 Episode 033: Mental Illness with Greg Baugues | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:48

Panelists: Mandy Moore | Sam Livingston-Gray | Rein Henrichs Guest Starring: Greg Baugues: | @greggyb | Twilio Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “What is your favorite color?” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” How to teach your dog to take selfies… and text them to you 01:34 – Superpower Origin Story; Mental Illness in College Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder 10:13 – *Disclaimer* We Are Not Doctors and a Message on Self-Diagnosis 13:03 – Panel Experiences with Mental Illness: Rock Bottom, Shame, Stigma, and Fear DBT Therapy 25:54 – How Mental Illness Seems to Uniquely Affect the Tech Community For sponsorship inquiries: please contact 31:06 – Coping Mechanisms 34:17 – Creating an Environment That is Beneficial to People with Mental Health Issues; Work-Life Balance Open Sourcing Mental Illness Mental Health First Aid Support us via Patreon! Get instant access to our Slack Channel! Thank you to Dave Tapley! Why Fidget Spinners Might Be Helpful for the Brain Reflections: Rein: Allie Brosh: Adventures in Depression   Sam:

 Episode 032: Curation vs Algorithms: Who Is Writing Our History? with Amy Unger | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:11

Panelists: Jessica Kerr | Sam Livingston-Gray | Rein Henrichs | Coraline Ada Ehmke Guest Starring: Amy Unger: @cdwort | Heroku Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “JIRA Card Catalogs and The People Who Love Them” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 01:05 – Superpower Origin Story, Growing Up with a Computer in the Family, and Being a Teenager Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing by Jane Margolis and Allan Fisher 08:30 – Humanities and History 10:39 – Access to and Preservation of Literacy (Who is writing our history?) 15:03 – Categorizing Information and Making it Accessible…But, Also Privacy? 17:21 – Reliance on Google as the “Defacto Archive”? 19:49 – Digital Records (Algorithms) vs Human Curation 24:10 – What can librarians and library science offer a company?: Information Architecture For sponsorship inquiries: please contact 27:32 – Algorithm Manipulation, Social Engineering, and Information Security 32:24 – Whose stories are we collecting, archiving, and making available to the public? Tragedy of the Commons 41:09 – “Meme Hacking”, Getting Involved, and Owning Your Own Story Support us via Patreon! Get instant access to our Slack Channel! Reflections: Rein: Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media   Sam: How economics and politics rear their ugly heads unexpectedly. Coraline: Who is responsible for our history? Jessica: The vast amounts of data we have and what we choose to preserve. Amy: Consider the po

 Episode 031: Retrospectives and Agile Fluency with Diana Larsen | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:25

Panelists: Sam Livingston-Gray | Janelle Klein Guest Starring: Diana Larsen: @DianaOfPortland | FutureWorks Consulting | Author: Agile Retrospectives, Liftoff, Five Rules of Accelerated Learning   Show Notes: ** This conversation stems from an earlier episode when Janelle joined the panel. You can listen to it here! 02:03 – Retrospectives ** “Software work is learning work.” @DianaOfPortland — Greater Than Code (@greaterthancode) May 3, 2017 OODA Loop 11:07 – Documenting Feelings and Emotions 17:40 – Following Through With and Solving Action Plans 20:08 – Focusing, Lists of Action, and “Best Practices” 30:27 – What is value in the context of software development? / Measuring Waste 33:39 – Taking Things in Small, Bite-sized Pieces: Refactoring Mob Programming Support us via Patreon! Get instant access to our Slack Channel! Thank you Tim Gaudette! 55:58 – Agile Fluency ** Your Path through Agile Fluency on Martin Fowler’s Blog Want to spill your thoughts and feelings on the new Greater Than Code blog? Send submissions to! Reflections: Janelle: Thinking about the focusing step and how much effort goes into those things versus the benefits of focusing on things from the recent past. Taking human emotions into consideration. Diana: Managing learning and collecting data, and issues around value. Sam:

 Episode 030: Essential Developer Skills with Tom Stuart | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:20:56

Panelists: Sam Livingston-Gray | Rein Henrichs | Janelle Klein Guest Starring: Tom Stuart: @tomstuart | Codon Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “Cycles in Philosophy of Software, Common Principles with Different Names & Reference” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 01:47 – Superhero Origin Story BBC BASIC 04:45 – Nomenclature: “Junior” and “Senior” Developers; Differences Between “Early Career” Developers and “Experienced” Developers 13:56 – Solving the Skill Assessment Problem; Learning Methodically 20:55 – Software Development Now vs Then 29:51 – Do Programming Languages Create Certain Biases? 44:16 – Good Mentorship and Telling People What’s Next to Level Up Want to spill your thoughts and feelings on the new Greater Than Code blog? Send submissions to! 55:58 – Cohorting/Teaching Classes with Sandi Metz; Object-Oriented Design and Object-Oriented Programming Support us via Patreon! Get instant access to our Slack Channel! Thank you Kira McLean! Reflections: Janelle: Looking at things as multidimensional problems. Rein: An Introduction to General Systems Thinking by Gerald M. Weinberg Sam: The importance of the skill of metacognition. Tom: How the work as changed as being a developer. Nonviolent Communication: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships by Marshall B. Rosenberg PhD Please leave us a review on iTunes!

 Episode 029: p=eMPathy with Ariel Waldman, Ashe Dryden, and Brad Grzesiak | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:13:14

Panelists: Coraline Ada Ehmke | Rein Henrichs | Astrid Countee Guest Starring: Ariel Waldman: @arielwaldman | What’s It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who’ve Been There | | Science Hack Day | Ashe Dryden: @ashedryden | AlterConf | Fund Club | Brad Grzesiak: @listrophy | Bendyworks Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “The Tale of Space Cat Burritos” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 02:26 – Space Technology and the Cultural Portrayal of Science NASA Explorers Program 08:24 – The Influence of Science Fiction on the Current Developments in Science NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program (NIAC) The Comet Hitchhiker Supernatural Horror in Literature By H. P. Lovecraft 14:47 – What is sci-fi telling us about the world we live in now? The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

 Episode 028: Brains, Feedback Systems, Demons, and Goats with Janelle Klein | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:05:28

Panelists: Jessica Kerr | Sam Livingston-Gray | Rein Henrichs Guest Starring: Janelle Klein: @janellekz | Idea Flow: How to Measure the Pain in Software Development | Open Mastery Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “Goats On Podcasts” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 01:19 – Origin Story 04:36 – The Development of Development 06:58 – Automated Tests and Mistake Detection 09:21 – Designing Releases and Best Practices 20:13 –  “The Code is Better” There is no “the code is better.” There is only “our experience is better.” (users and developers)@greaterthancode with @janellekz — Jessica Kerr (@jessitron) April 12, 2017 15:08 – Measuring Effort, #CollaborativePain, and The Error Handling Process abstraction: great when it works. when something breaks it’s like an egg cracking and all its guts spill out.@janellekz @greaterthancode — Jessica Kerr (@jessitron) April 12, 2017 Why Software Gets In Trouble by Gerald M. Weinberg 33:24 – Discovery and Documentation 37:44 – Agile Fluency Agile Fluency Project: Chart Your Agile Pathway Quality Management Maturity Grid   Support us via Patreon! Get instant access to our Slack Channel! Thank you Paula Gearon! 40:42 – Building a Conceptual Model of our Brains with Code

 Episode 027: Hackathons and Flirting with Failure with Rachel Katz | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:07

Panelists: Sam Livingston-Gray | Astrid Countee | Rein Henrichs Guest Starring: Rachel Katz: @hazeltrack | AngelHack Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “Plotting the Rebellion” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 01:39 – Origin Story and Superpowers 03:05 – Getting Hooked on Hackathons 04:42 – Corporate Hackathons; Making Hackathons Accessible and Inclusive Greater Than Code Episode 015: Zuri Hunter as Queen of Hackathons DataHack4FI 09:38 – Organizing Hackathons 12:21 – Non-programmers and Hackathons; Bringing in Diverse Perspectives “Some people, when confronted with a problem, think ‘I know, I’ll use regular expressions.’ Now they have two problems.” ~Jamie Zawinski Code: Debugging the Gender Gap 22:46 – Building Things for Others, Leadership Roles, Group Dynamics, and Men vs Women Ctrl Alt Delete Hate Hackathon Lady Problems Hackathon 35:28 – Overnight Hackathons vs Non-Overnight Hackathons 36:38 – The Value of Celebrating Glorious Failure and Responding to Stress and Pressure Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music [TED Talk] Reflections: Astrid: Talking about hackathons is talking about all kinds of other issues. Sam: Make room and seek out non-developers. Rein: Benjamen Zander: Leadership on Display Rachel: Show up, contribute, and listen. Please leave us a review on iTunes! Transcript: ASTRID:  Welcome everyone to Episode

 Episode 026: Codeland, Capitalism, and Creating Inclusive Spaces with Saron Yitbarek | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:02:02

Panelists: Sam Livingston-Gray | Astrid Countee | Rein Henrichs Guest Starring: Saron Yitbarek: @saronyitbarek | | CodeNewbie | Codeland Conference Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “Unrepentant Cyborgs” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 01:28 – Codeland Conference: April 21st & 22nd in New York City 02:02 – Making Conferences Accessible, Affordable, and Unintimidating for People 13:00 – Ticket Prices and Structure 15:01 – Creating an Immersive Experience and Community With and For People You Care About 25:11 – Leading by Example and Maintaining a Positive Persona 29:49 – The Importance of Money and Financial Freedom Tech Done Right Episode 002: Career Development with Brandon Hays and Pete Brooks 39:52 – Ethics as Automatic Technology Scales and Capitalism Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam M. Grant 49:45 – In summary: Codeland Conference Reflections: Sam: Thank you for the book recommendation for Give and Take. Astrid: People first. Rein: Support worker-owned cooperative organizations. Leadership is doing things, not being given a title. Saron: The principles and values that led to what people will experience as a really great conference. CodeNewbie References: @CodeNewbies Twitter Chat Slack Community

 Episode 025: MotherCoders with Tina Lee | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:08

Panelists: Coraline Ada Ehmke | Rein Henrichs | Mandy Moore Guest Starring: Tina Lee: @mstinalee | MotherCoders Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “Not Your Mother’s Podcast!” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 00:55 – Origin Story and Getting Involved in Coding 03:17 – Programming Perspectives From People of Different Backgrounds; Teaching Adults vs Children 08:19 – Work/Life Balance 11:32 – Changing Culture Around Gender Roles and Caregiving “Culture is like water in that it flows from the top down.” Nev Schulman Wants to Erase Gender Stereotypes for Parents 18:18 – The MotherCoders Organization What to expect when you’re done expecting (Medium Article)   24:27 – Teaching Frontend Development and The Stereotype that Women are Better at Frontend than Backend Work We can teach women to code, but that just creates another problem (Guardian Article) 30:00 – Silicon Valley Elitism, Sexism, and Defining Cultural Norms; “The Ideal Worker” The Motherhood Penalty 35:38 – Why do we not have many of women CEOs? 37:42 – Tactical Help for Cultural Changes Stats on Millennial Women Becoming Moms   Support us via Patreon! Get instant access to our Slack Channel! Thank you Nik Kantar! Reflections: Mandy: Donate to MotherCoders and/or support t

 Episode 024: Seeing Programming Where Other People Don’t with Felienne Hermans | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:10

Panelists: Jessica Kerr | Sam Livingston-Gray | Astrid Countee | Rein Henrichs Guest Starring: Felienne Hermans: @Felienne | | Delft University of Technology | Joy of Coding Conference | SE Radio | RoboCup Junior Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “The Netherlands Invented Gay Marriage, So We Should Be Scared of Them Now!” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 01:28 – Origin Story 03:17 – Programming Perspectives From People of Different Backgrounds; Teaching Adults vs Children 06:12 – Teaching Programming as a Language; Aha! Moments Scratch Programming GoldieBlox 12:26 – Identity and why do we so often use the phrase “not real programming”? What do we define as software? Tooling Microsoft Excel Expector 20:13 –  Should everyone know programming? Why? What should they know/be able to do? (Digital Literacy) 28:27 – What is the programming equivalent of a library/librarian? 33:06 – Does STEM education make other forms of education obsolete? Why not? 35:15 – Things to Get Better at Programming Other Than Programming CodeKata 48:58 – Fighting Against “Real” Programming and Being Hesitant to Let in Newcomers 50:40 – What can we do to help spread the knowledge? Reflections: Felienne: If people say they are programming, they are. Limit belittling and surprise. Do not contaminate others with what your own idea of programming is. Jessic

 Episode 023: Politics and Software with Lorena Mesa | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:08

Panelists: Jessica Kerr | Coraline Ada Ehmke | Sam Livingston-Gray | Astrid Countee | Rein Henrichs Guest Starring: Lorena Mesa | | Sprout Social | The Python Software Foundation | PyLadies Chicago | Write/Speak/Code Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “Hey! I Made a Bong Out of This Podcast!” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 01:26 – Origin Story Obama For America Campaign 05:46 – Politics and Software; Data Collection Danah Boyd: Be Careful What You Code For Support us via Patreon! Get instant access to our Slack Channel! Thank you Greg Fox! 16:43 – Working in Python for Data Collection Django Girls 19:46 – The Python Software Foundation (PSF) 23:55 – Communication and Organization Within Communities MINSWAN: Matz is Nice So We Are Nice Social Encounter Party 33:49 –  Power Structures and Forming Relationships 36:39 – PSF Funding Reflections: Jessica: Each of our languages has a metalanguage that people use to talk about the language. Sam: Needs more sleep Astrid: Cod

 Episode 022: You Are An Asset | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:01

Panelists: Jessica Kerr | Coraline Ada Ehmke | Sam Livingston-Gray Guest Panelists: Ryder Timberlake: @rydertimberlake and Jacob Stoebel: @jstoebel | Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “Mob Programming” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” Support us via Patreon! Get instant access to our Slack Channel! Thank you to our newest $50-per-month-level patron, Bryan Karlovitz! 02:39 – Origin Stories From All! Tim Ferriss and The 4-Hour Workweek 12:37 – Work/Life Balance and Ideal Work Environments Stockholm Syndrome If you’re looking for a hilarious podcast that focuses on issues that software developers face, such as getting fired, pay raises, strategies for pushing back on bad ideas, and even stock options, check out Soft Skills Engineering! Episode 10: Mentors and Stock Options 16:50 – Technical Interviews 20:41 – Computer Science Degrees: Are they worth it? 27:42 – Compulsions to Know: Contempt Culture Aurynn Shaw: Contempt Culture The Zens of Python and Ruby 34:12 –  Gatekeeping in Tech 37:11 – Technical Interviews (Cont’d)

 Episode 021: Social Justice Warrioring and Codes of Conduct with Phil Sturgeon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00

Panelists: Jessica Kerr | Coraline Ada Ehmke | Sam Livingston-Gray Guest Starring: Phil Sturgeon: @philsturgeon | Show Notes: 00:28 – Welcome to Greater Than Code: The SJW Takeover 00:53 – Origin Story, Superpowers, and Bike Messengering Build APIs You Won’t Hate Instacart Had pesto chicken pasta for dinner, in honor of @philsturgeon’s interview on @greaterthancode today.

 Episode 020: Sexuality in Tech with Jenn Schiffer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00

Panelists: Astrid Countee | Jessica Kerr | Coraline Ada Ehmke Guest Starring: Jenn Schiffer: @jennschiffer | Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “Neon Abstract Podcast Erotica!” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 01:15 – Origin Story Bocoup 03:05 – Art 06:37 – Viewing Source and Learning How to Code 11:02 – Getting a Computer Science Degree 13:56 – Pixel Art, Sexuality in Tech, and Online Presence @aphyr (Kyle Kingsbury) Ashley Madison Scandal 26:54 – How do potential employers react to your satire? 28:41 – CSS Perverts 36:03 – Vetting Potential Employers and Company Culture; Dealing with Toxic People Takeaways: Jessica: Everyone has something that they keep quiet about because they aren’t sure of the consequences. Coraline: Being privileged enough to have the responsibility to be public and show people that it’s okay that they are who they are. Astrid: You don’t have to separate your passions. Jenn: We all need a space to feel uninhibited. Support us via Patreon! Get instant access to our Slack Channel! Get behind-the-scenes exclusives like this one! CORALINE:  Hello and welcome to Episode 20 of ‘Neon Abstract Podcast Erotica’. Today, I’m joined by Jessica Kerr. JESSICA:  Thank you, Coraline. However, I think this might be the only episode of Neon Abstract Podcast Erotica but it’s Episode 20 of Greater Than Code. CORALINE:  We’re doing two podcasts simultaneously, Jessica.


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