Greater Than Code
Summary: A podcast about humans and technology. Brought to you by @therubyrep.
Support for the Greater Than Code podcast comes from O’Reilly Fluent and Velocity conferences. Join over 4,000 developers and engineers in San Jose, California, June 11-14. Check out the Super Bronze Pass for access to both conferences–you’ll get a unique learning experience that addresses the full web experience, from development and performance to operations and resilience. Best Price ends this Friday, March 30. Learn more at http://oreil.ly/2o07Ufw. Panelists: Sam Livingston-Gray | Jessica Kerr | Christina Morillo | Jamey Hampton | Rein Henrichs Join Our Slack Channel! Support us via Patreon! Show Notes: 02:41 – Rein’s Superpower: Perceiving and Being Aware of Connections Between Things and People 03:49 – Power Dynamics in Companies 05:41 – Inherent Value and Self-Esteem; Recovering From Failure Virginia Satir: Communication and Congruence 11:35 – Modeling Behavior and Controlling Outcomes as a Person in a Position of Power The Virginia Satir Model of Family Therapy 17:58 – Hierarchical Organization vs Growth-Oriented Organization Kanban The Toyota System 24:33 – The Problem with Labeling Teams as “Family” 32:04 – Making Choices That Are Right for Yourself; Experimentation Anomie Ikigai 39:01 – Haskell and Strategies for Learning and Reading Papers 44:51 – Being Present and *Truly* Seeing Others; Being OK with Not Being OK The Satir Interaction Model
Support for the Greater Than Code podcast comes from O’Reilly Fluent and Velocity conferences. Taking place in San Jose, California, June 11-14, it’s the best place to get the latest in software development, performance, operations, resilience, and so much more. Register before March 30th to lock in Best Price. And use discount code GTC20 to save an additional 20% on most passes! Learn more at oreilly.com/bettertogether. Cloud City Development is happy to support our coding community and especially Greater than Code. The Cloud City team are expert software programmers and designers with a strong desire to see more diversity in tech, more kindness on teams, and better tools. Please let them know if you’d like their hard work, mentorship, or sense of humor. They’re a B-Corporation because they believe in sustainability and they’d like to build with you. Please reach out by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Panelists: Astrid Countee | Rein Henrichs | Jamey Hampton Guest Starring: Kale Kaposhilin: @kalekaposhilin | Moonfarmer | Evolving Media Network Join Our Slack Channel! Support us via Patreon! Show Notes: 02:10 – Kale’s Origin Story 05:10 – Connecting Through Story and Voice The Law of Raspberry Jam 08:17 – Communicating Through Text vs Communicating Through Speech Daniel Quinn Ishmael by Daniel Quinn 12:43 – Kale’s Superpower: Facilitating the Voices of Other People
Support for the Greater Than Code podcast comes from the O’Reilly Fluent and Velocity conferences. Join over 4,000 developers and engineers in San Jose, California, June 11 – 14th. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to attend 2 essential technology conferences under one roof! Learn more about the Super Bronze pass at oreilly.com/bettertogether. Panelists: Janelle Klein | Rein Henrichs | Coraline Ada Ehmke | Jessica Kerr Guest Starring: Avdi Grimm: @avdi | avdi.codes | RubyTapas Greater Than Code Episode 002: Neutralizing Impostor Syndrome with Avdi Grimm Join Our Slack Channel! Support us via Patreon! Show Notes: 01:52 – Avdi’s Superpower: The Power of Inspiration, RubyConfIndia, and International Conferences vs Domestic 04:28 – The Pursuit of a Fixed Life: Achieving or Avoiding Stasis Blog Post: I was trying to end my life 08:40 – Living in the Future and Having Goals 16:36 – Hitting Career Stasis vs Identity Stasis 25:23 – Becoming a Visible Person in Tech 31:27 – Encouraging and Inspiring People to Find Their Potential and Value 44:23 – Being Authentic and Transparent to the World Reflections: Coraline: Identity matters. Rein: How identity and society interact: Symbolic Interactionism. Also, having therapeutic relationships. Jessica: Two energies, internally, of being ‘grou
Support for the Greater Than Code podcast comes from the O’Reilly Velocity Conference. Join over 2000 developers and engineers in San Jose from June 11 to 14 to learn how to make your systems more scalable, resilient and secure. Get the latest on containers, microservices, infrastructure, cloud, DevOps, systems engineering, security, and more. Use discount code GTC20 to save 20% on your Gold, Silver or Bronze pass. Get all the details at velocityconf.com. Panelists: Jamey Hampton | Coraline Ada Ehmke Guest Starring: Gerry Valentine: @gerryval Join Our Slack Channel! Support us via Patreon! Show Notes: 01:28 – Gerry’s Superpower: Building Resilience 02:51 – What is Resilience? 08:59 – Creating an Atmosphere of Psychological Safety 11:04 – Having Tough Conversations: Resilience on the Societal Level 18:41 – Moving Other People Forward and Leading Others as a Senior Dev 27:07 – Code Chitakwas 33:10 – Devaluing the Notion of Intellect Reflections: Gerry: What is “smart”, really and how are we smart enough to make the room of smart people bigger? Coraline: Thinking of myself as a leader in my company and think about it can use the influence that I have to make sure that we’re creating and fostering a culture where we do face down the big problems. Jamey: Being right, being new, and making process. Also, valuing intellect and having uncomfortable conversations. Transcript: JAMEY: Support for the Greater Than Code podcast comes from the O’Reilly Velocity Conference. Join over 2,000 developers and engineers in San Jose from June 11th to 14th to learn how to make your systems more scalable, resilient, and secure. Get the latest on containers, microservices, infrastructure, cloud, DevOps, systems engineering, security, and more. Use discount code GTC20 to save 20% in your Gold, Silver, or Bronze Pass. Get all the details at VelocityConf.com. Hi again everybody, and welcome to episode 68 of Greater Than Code. I’m Jamey Hampton and I’m really pleased to be here today with Coraline Ada Ehmke. CORALINE: Hey everybody. And we have a really great guest today, Gerry Valentine. Gerry Valentine is a public spea
Panelists: Sam Livingston-Gray | Jamey Hampton | Coraline Ada Ehmke Guest Starring: Allison Kopf: @allisonkopf | Agrilyst Join Our Slack Channel! Support us via Patreon! Show Notes: 01:15 – Allison’s Superpower: Making Unplanned and Hectic Situations Work Out The Stockdale Paradox 06:43 – Getting Into Agriculture 08:54 – Building a Company Culture 13:19 – Transmitting Culture and Core Values When Hiring New People 20:02 – Disagreeing Respectfully and Maintaining Strong Opinions 25:19 – Clear Boundaries Between Work and Home Life 32:34 – What Tech Look Looks Like in the Context of a Working Farm 40:27 – Writing Code for Non-Technical People Reflections: Coraline: Practicing empathy for the user when writing software. Jamey: Consciously make space for people who don’t speak as loudly as other people. Sam: Learn something new every day. Allison: How different people want to work remotely and how we can create an open way to actually do that. Transcript: SAM: Hello and welcome to Episode 66 of Greater Than Code. I am Sam Livingston-Gray and I’m here to introduce Jamey Hampton. JAMEY: Thanks, Sam. And I’m happy to introduce Coraline Ada Ehmke. CORALINE: Hey, everybody. We have a very cool show today. We’re talking to Allison Kopf. Allison is the founder and CEO of Agrilyst, the virtual agronomist powering the horticulture industry. Agrilyst won the highly coveted Disrupt Cup at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. She was named the 2016 Changemaker of the Year by the Association of Vertical Farming and Entrepreneur of the Year by Technical.ly Brooklyn. She studied Physics at Sta. Clara University and once built and 800-square foot solar-powered home for an international competition. In the summer you’ll find her playing third base for about three different co-ed softball teams. She’s pretty focused on getting a dog at some point.
Panelists: Rein Henrichs | Jessica Kerr | Jamey Hampton | Coraline Ada Ehmke Guest Starring: Marian Petre André van der Hoek Join Our Slack Channel! Support us via Patreon! Show Notes: 01:39 – Marian’s Superpower: Picking Brains Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking by Douglas Hofstadter 03:28 – André’s Superpower: Identifying Patterns 04:23 – Design Thinking Within Companies and The Error by Proxy Phenomenon 09:19 – The Notion that Design Has Gone Away 12:18 – Radical vs Normal Design: What drives the need for radical design? When does normal design stop being effective? 19:55 – The Democratization of Software Development 24:45 – Software Design Decoded: 66 Ways Experts Think 27:45 – The Disconnect Between Academic Research and Actual Practice 29:25 – Why “Decoded”? 32:59 – How People Deal with Systems That Are Too Big 39:19 – Problem Solving and Problem Solving in the Context of Complex Software Systems 44:29 – The Notion of the Toolbox and Breaking Down Big Problems Into Smaller Problems Reflections: Coraline: There are two types of gurus. Rein: The democratization of software development and steering organizations. Jessica: Studying the bug rather than squashing the bug and experts are in the room twice. Jamey: Designers saying that, “My job IS hard!” and being kind to themselves. André and Marian: H
Panelists: Jamey Hampton | Sam Livingston-Gray Guest Starring: Aditya Mukerjee: @chimeracoder | adityamukerjee.net | Identity Hackers Join Our Slack Channel! Support us via Patreon! Show Notes: 00:58 – Aditya’s Superpower: Parking Karma 03:18 – Algorithmic Decision Making in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence 09:06 – Recognizing the Effects of Bias The Bias Blind Spot The Babadook 18:07 – Health and Technology: How can technology have a meaningful impact on care delivery? 23:54 – Why are people frightened of automation? 33:33 – Storytelling in Software and Engineering Reflections: Sam: Be a little bit more aware of how stories are told. Aditya: Thinking of yourself as an editor for the story. Jamey: The difference between can we build this and should we build this? Transcript: JAMEY: Hi everyone! Welcome to Episode 64 of your favorite podcast, Greater Than Code. I’m Jamey Hampton and I’m here with my fellow panelist and good friend, Sam Livingston-Gray. SAM: Hello, hello. I am pleased this morning to welcome Aditya Mukerjee to the show. Aditya is an entrepreneur, investor and engineer based in New York City. He studied Statistics at Columbia and Computer Science at Cornell and was once a nationally ranked wrestler, so there’s really nothing he can’t do. He enjoys playing German-style boardgames and listening to embarrassing music. You can believe we want to know more about that. And he organizes identity hackers, which is a group for LGBTQ+ engineers in New York. Welcome to the show. ADITYA: Thank you. Thanks for having me. JAMEY: So, we usually like to start off our shows by asking our guest, what is your superpower and how did you acquire it?
Panelists: Jessica Kerr | Sam Livingston-Gray | Astrid Countee Guest Starring: Jamey Hampton: @jameybash | jameybash.com | Agrilyst | Sugar City Arts Collaborative Join Our Slack Channel! Support us via Patreon! Are you Greater Than Code? Submit guest blog posts to email@example.com Show Notes: 01:22 – Jamey’s Superpower: “The Fharlanghn Sense” 02:40 – Working in Agriculture 04:03 – Theories on Automation 05:56 – Pivoting Into Computer Science and Software Development 10:35 – Feeling Like You Need to Know Everything Stella Report from the SNAFUcatchers Workshop on Coping With Complexity 15:47 – ‘Zines and Being a ‘Zine Librarian 27:50 – The Beauty of Art and Technology and Forming Emotional Connections to Things Floppy Music DUO – Imperial March 35:26 – The Death Star => Ethics in Technology and Taking Responsibility/Being Accountable for your Code Malcolm Gladwell: The strange tale of the Norden bombsite “I think the more powerful a tool is, the more respect you have to have for it.” ~ @jameybash on Greater Than Code — Greater Than Code (@greaterthancode) January 8, 2018 49:42 – Brilliance and Learning From Others Without Consent 54:49 – Adv
Panelists: Jasmine Greenaway | Jessica Kerr | Coraline Ada Ehmke Guest Starring: Safia Abdalla: @captainsafia | safia.rocks | Zarf | Tanmu Labs Join Our Slack Channel! Support us via Patreon! Are you Greater Than Code? Submit guest blog posts to firstname.lastname@example.org Show Notes: 00:53 – Safia’s Superpower: Sight 03:04 – Learning Languages — Both Human and Programming The Sapir Whorf Hypothesis 07:56 – Being Empathetic in an International Perspective and Building Universal and Approachable Tech 11:19 – What does success look like for minorities in the Silicon Valley monoculture?; Being Tokenized Admiral Grace Hopper 21:59 – Accepting Speaking Engagements Because of Who You Are (i.e. as a woman, minority, etc.) 24:07 – Writing Things Down to Balance Prioritizing Decisions 30:46 – Defining “Happy” and Always Feeling the Need to Do More 37:02 – Destruction-Focused Development Destruction-Focused Development: write it, delete it, repeat. “I don’t become obsessed with the code. I think it’s more important to be obsessed with the problem.” @captainsafia on @greaterthancode — Jessica Kerr (@jessitron) December 20, 2017 43:58 – Safia’s Early Coding “Shenanigans” Reflections: Coraline: Being thoughtful about planning finite energy and labor. Also being content vs being happy.
This episode is sponsored by Cohere! Cohere believes better teams make better products. Visit wecohere.com/greaterthancode to learn how your team can become greater than code. Panelists: Jamey Hampton | Sam Livingston-Gray | Rein Henrichs | Coraline Ada Ehmke | Jessica Kerr Guest Starring: Kent Beck: @KentBeck | Extreme Programming | The Agile Manifesto | Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns Show Notes: 01:19 – Kent’s Superpower: Putting Things Together That Don’t Necessarily Go Together Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking by Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander 04:01 – Metaphors in Software Development 07:32 – Writing Tests and Keeping a Journal The unit/integration distinction confuses me. I test at the level of, “Here’s a thought I need to capture.”@KentBeck on @greaterthancode — Jessica Kerr (@jessitron)
Panelists: Jessica Kerr | Coraline Ada Ehmke | Jamey Hampton Guest Starring: Pamela Gay: @starstryder | starstryder.com Show Notes: 01:13 – Pamela Podcasting, Since…well, FOREVER! Astronomy Cast 365 Days of Astronomy Adam Curry 02:19 – Pamela’s Superpower: Solving Random Problems with Software 05:19 – Becoming a “Reluctant Coder” i.e. Coding Out of Necessity 10:58 – Battlestar Galactica => Greek Mythology => Space => Astrophysics 14:52 – Doing What You Have To Do vs Doing What You Love To Do 20:27 – The Goal of Podcasting and Target Audience 23:57 – Understanding and Knowing Everything: Good? Bad? 26:03 – Outsourcing Work as a Personal Loss and The Internet’s Graveyard of Abandoned Projects 32:06 – Open Sourcing Work Yourself for the Benefit of Others 36:58 – Writing Software to Engage People CosmoQuest Citizen Science 44:22 – Crowdsourcing Requires Trust but Garners Better Results 48:02 – The Motivation of Citizen Scientists @cosmoquestx Join Our Slack Channel! Support us via Patreon! Are you Greater Than Code? Submit guest blog posts to email@example.com Reflections: Jessica: The layers of people in software and people in software and how we’re all learning. It gets hard to separate the people from the technology. Also, having goals you DON’T want to achieve. Coraline: Seeing crowdsourcing being successful. Ja
Panelists: Coraline Ada Ehmke | Astrid Countee | Sam Livingston-Gray Guest Starring: Tara Scherner de la Fuente: @MediaRemedial | mediaremedial.com | @GoatUserStories Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to Episode 111010 of the Greater Than Code Podcast! 02:09 – Tara’s Superpower and Origin Story: Patience 04:56 – Conflating Patience with Kindness 07:39 – Is writing code making us less thoughtful? AKA Patience in the Workplace The Economic Value of Rapid Response Time (The Doherty Threshold) 16:22 – Warning Signs that a Company’s Culture is Not a Good One; Also, is it the company or is it individuals within a company? 22:59 – Looking for and Interviewing for a Job at a Less Toxic Environment 33:20 – What does it mean to be a developer? 36:33 – Interviewing and Privilege 39:35 – Advice for Early Career Developers 44:10 – Remote Work Culture Join Our Slack Channel! Support us via Patreon! Are you Greater Than Code? Submit guest blog posts to firstname.lastname@example.org Please leave us a review on iTunes! Reflections: Coraline: Being patient and kind. Astrid: Software development is always something you can continue to improve at. Tara: People don’t have to be exactly like us to be a person that we want to work with. Being different can be an asset. Sam: Interviewing somebody should be able finding out how they think and not about what they necessary know at the moment. Transcript: CORALINE: Hello and welcome to Episode 111010 of the Greater Than Code Podcast. I am Coraline Ada Ehmke and I am joined by the lovely and talented Astrid Countee. ASTRID:
This episode is sponsored by Upside! Bundle your flights and hotel. Save money. Earn gift cards. Panelists: Rein Henrichs | Janelle Klein | Jessica Kerr Guest Starring: Christina Morillo: @divinetechygirl | christinamorillo.com | WOCinTech Show Notes: 01:08 – Christina’s Background and Superpower: Multitasking and Automation See Also: GTC 056: Systematize Your Hustle with Kronda Adair 04:42 – Automation Processes: Discovery and Reconnaissance, and When Human Judgement and Input is Necessary 10:03 – Multitasking Timescales and Context Switching 16:39 – Decision-making Functions 23:28 – Being Kind to Your Busy Self and Choosing What NOT To Do We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True by Gabrielle Union 32:03 – Making Accomplishments Visible to Yourself and Having a Culture of Acknowledgement For more discussion on congressive/ingressive behavior, see also: GTC Episode 038: Category Theory for Normal Humans with Dr. Eugenia Cheng
Panelists: Jessica Kerr | Sam Livingston-Gray Guest Starring: Kronda Adair: @kronda | kronda.com | Karvel Digital Show Notes: 01:26 – SYSTEMS! Implementing Repeatable Processes Via Automation Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less by Sam Carpenter 09:28 – Strategies for Implementation 12:18 – Reclaiming Your Time and Cheap is Always Expensive Work the System (Online) Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) Solopreneurship: “It’s never just you. There’s present-you and future-you” @kronda on @greaterthancode — Jessica Kerr (@jessitron) November 8, 2017 23:20 – Choosing Successful Customers and Avoiding Perfection Paralysis If you don’t have a system, your system is, think really hard about it every time.@geeksam on @greaterthancode with @kronda me: or worse, don’t — Jessica Kerr (@jessitron)
Panelists: Jessica Kerr | Sam Livingston-Gray | Astrid Countee | Jasmine Greenaway Guest Starring: Keith Bennett: @keithrbennett | about.me/keithrbennett | Bennett Business Solutions Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “Metamours United For Frequent Dialogue” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 01:47 – Keith’s Background and Superpower 10:03 – Conflict Resolution Open Spaces session on Conflict Resolution this summer at DevOpsDays D.C. (and the precursor to this conversation) Difficult Conversations: How To Discuss What Matters Most 12:01 – Opinions on Mediators/Mediation 14:21 – Approaching Conflict News Story Re: Portland Murders 17:31 – Radical Helpfulness/Kindness Keith Bennett: Kaizen and Radical Helpfulness The Smoke Filled Room 20:49 – Being Okay with Being Different and Speaking Up