Building With People For People: The Unfiltered Build Podcast

Nigel Finley

As software engineers, we build software with people and we build software for people; to enhance, improve, optimize and make our everyday lives better. Every month I am joined by guests from all reaches of the software world to discuss their unique journeys, why we build software, discussions on a specific software related topic, and we examine problems they are solving through the products they are building. Topics discussed include software development, engineering enablement, frameworks, DevOps, mentoring, accessibility, leadership, accessibility, testing, soft skills, and more. read less
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Ep. 31: ReframeOps - Rethinking problems, feedback loops, and multiplayer collaboration with Brit Myers
Feb 13 2024
Ep. 31: ReframeOps - Rethinking problems, feedback loops, and multiplayer collaboration with Brit Myers
Our work could be more fun if…. My engineers could be happier if… Is this the right problem to solve?... Software development is all about solving hard problems in fun and creative ways and asking these questions in the work we do allows us to think more creatively. Our guest, Brit Myers, loves to ask these types of questions and solve them with her high performing teams.  Today, we dig into how we can make sure we are asking the right questions to ensure we are solving the right problems, learning from failure, how to build high performing teams, how we can think about metrics as feedback loops and more! Brit was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and has 4 kids. She received her BS in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon and has recently completed her Executive MBA from University of Michigan. During undergrad she had no intentions of getting into tech but during an internship she fell in love with programming. With over 15 years of experience now under her belt, she is a technology leader with experience in scaling high-performing engineering teams and building platforms across various industries. She worked at Hyland as AVP of Cloud Engineer, at Firebolt Analytics as Head of Cloud Engineering, and currently is the VP of engineering at System Initiative where she leads a team of talented engineers creating a new collaborative power tool designed to remove the "papercuts" from DevOps work. When our guest is not eliminating "papercuts" from DevOps she is spending time with her family,  building DIY projects with her kids, or working outside in her garden. Her passion is building amazing things with amazing people, so it was only fitting she join us on the show today. Enjoy! Connect with Brit: LinkedInDiscordTwitterSystem Initiative and Open Beta Signup Sponsor: Get Space: Want to collect feedback directly from your engineers? Install Get Space’s real-time survey iteration tool now with code buildwithpeople and get 20% off your first year to get real insights in your your engineers experience. Show notes and helpful resources: Brit Myers ReadmeSecond Wave of DevOps blog post by System Initiative’s Co-founder and CEO, Adam JacobImportant advice she got from her grandfather: Figure out what people in power want and find a way to give it to themShe views metrics and trends more as signals to ask questions rather than definitive answers; you need to look at contextStrongly values empowering teams and giving them autonomy to make decisionsAsks for feedback often to model good practices and help teams develop skillsFocuses on facilitating the right conversations and alignment through processAt System Initiative, she is building a collaborative DevOps platform to create infrastructure simulations and remove friction from workflowsSystem Initiative is described by Adam Jacob (CEO) as if Figma and Miro had a DevOps Baby and it is changing how we collaborateOverall advice: Keep focused on the outcomes you want to achieve in software development and don't lose sight of them amidst new technologies and frameworks Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Ep. 30: Creating SPACE for Joy - Exploring Developer Productivity with Justin Reock
Jan 23 2024
Ep. 30: Creating SPACE for Joy - Exploring Developer Productivity with Justin Reock
Today on Building With People For People we delve into what and how we make our workspaces not just productive, but also joyful. Have you ever wondered what elements contribute to that feeling of fulfillment in your job? Is it flow state, or the immediacy of feedback, or the camaraderie of an exceptional team? These aspects are pivotal for anyone's career satisfaction and effectiveness, no matter their field. But our focus is how do we gauge and enhance the developer experience? It's more than just crunching numbers on things like build times or pull request cycle time. While these quantitative metrics have their place, they only paint part of the picture. The true essence lies in understanding the human factor behind these numbers, because, at the end of the day, we create tools for each other, as people. We are joined today by Justin Reock, an extremely passionate software engineer who makes it his daily mission to help engineers find happiness and joy in their work. We dive into his involvement in the Developer Experience community, frameworks you can use to help think about how and what data to collect to increase developer experience, and providing environments where developers can thrive like an internal developer portal. Justin has held roles like Solutions Architect and Chief Architect, previously worked at Gradle as their Field CTO and Chief Evangelist and is currently the Head of Developer Relations at Cortex.io, focusing on transforming businesses through internal developer portals. He is also a part of a movement to pull together multiple disciplines to discuss ways in which we can improve engineering productivity. When our guest is not helping engineers find joy in their work he is playing games of any format (board, video, etc), running, reading, grilling, and he and his wife are renovating their RV! Connect with Justin: LinkedInTwitter Sponsor: Get Space: Do you know if your engineers experience joy in your organization? Install Get Space’s real-time survey iteration tool now with code buildwithpeople and get 20% off your first year to get real insights in your your engineers experience Show notes and helpful resources: Theory of Constraints as defined in The Goal by Eliyahu GoldrattThe Phoenix Project bookJustin’s early tech toys - Atari 2600+ and the Tandy 1000 EX Personal ComputerHe is creating a programable relay system for his RV using RustOther videos of Justin: DevOps, 12 Factor, and Open Source and Breeding 10x DevelopersBeauty of open source is its ability to enable and equalize the playing fieldInternal Developer Portal - A system that attempts to pull disparate system data and put it in one place to make a predictive and personalized spaceThe SPACE of Developer Productivity - A holistic developer productivity framework combining both workflow metrics and perception metrics.Developers mostly think about “Activity” metrics like lines of code or number of builds but we need to give equal weight to the perception metrics, the "Satisfaction" and "Communication" dimensions of SPACEIf you curate a better experience for your developers you will lead to better productivity outcomesDORA - is only one part of the value stream, it is the creation and deployment of an artifact and captures throughput, but it doesn’t capture everything before that like writing the code, or meetings or slack messagesSPACE is seeking a balance between the five metrics and wants to tell a story about the tension that exists between the different dimensions.The secret of SPACE is it is immune to Goodhart’s law - “When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure”Gitlab DevSecOps 2022 SurveyThe DevOps Handbook Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Ep. 29: Listen To Your Users - The Power of User Experience Design Thinking with Satyam Kantamneni
Dec 12 2023
Ep. 29: Listen To Your Users - The Power of User Experience Design Thinking with Satyam Kantamneni
Products are designed and created for their users right? Well at least they should be. A 2021 McKinsey Global Digital Sentiment Insights survey sites that 56% of users of digital services state they are dissatisfied by the user experience.  Today, we are joined by Satyam Kantamneni, a master of design thinking to shed some light on why this might be and to share his insights on how we can create user-centric organizations that leave users delighted while also driving business growth through the practice of User Experience Design. Satyam has a Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University, an MS, of Human Factors Engineering from Wright State University, has attended Stanford, the School of Design Thinking, and received his Executive MBA from Harvard Business School.  He is currently the Managing Partner and Chief Experience Officer at UX Reactor. He has developed and curated the PragmaticUX framework, which is a scalable, consistent, replicable, and measurable approach to innovation in a digital world.  A subset of the framework is captured in his book:  User Experience Design: A Practical playbook to Fuel Business Growth. As our guest says Good Design is Good Business. Connect with Satyam: LinkedInWebsiteEmail Sponsor: Get Space: Do you know if your developer’s user experience is a good one? Install Get Space’s real-time survey iteration tool now with code "buildwithpeople" and get 20% off your first year to get real insights in your your engineers experience Show notes and helpful resources: User Experience Design: A Practical Playbook to Fuel Business GrowthBv.d = m.p.p.e; Business value by design = Mindsets, Process, People and EnvironmentsThe Experience Value ChainThe 5 MindsetsDesign is Business - Google Design Presentation by SatyamCollaboration Trinity - Magic happens when you have an Experience Strategist, a Product Owner, and an Engineering ArchitectAs apart of Experience Transformation, everyone in your organization should be able to tell you four things: 1. Who are your top users; 2. What their top 5 pain points are; 3. What the org is doing to solve these pain points; 4. Knowing how the organization measures outcomesYou should be collecting 3 research Insights: formative, sensorial and validationFormative: collecting insights on biggest user pain pointsSensorial: collecting continuous real-time data about my users so I can adjust in real timeValidation: collecting insights around where I have solved my top user pain pointsThe power is knowing your user, tracking their journey, and constantly delivering user delight Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Ep. 28: With Great Metrics Comes Great Responsibility - Max Kanat-Alexander on Developer Productivity at LinkedIn
Nov 14 2023
Ep. 28: With Great Metrics Comes Great Responsibility - Max Kanat-Alexander on Developer Productivity at LinkedIn
Developer Productivity Engineering is becoming more and more a mainstream idea. But what does it mean and how does it apply to me? Today we talk with an engineering wizard, Max Kanat-Alexander about how his company, LinkedIn, thinks about developer productivity. Using his team as framing we will investigate methodologies and approaches he and his team use that enables happier and more productive engineers. Max has held numerous roles throughout his career including Chief Architect for the open-source Bugzilla project and Tech Lead for Code Health at Google. Currently he is a Principal Staff Software Engineer at LinkedIn and is the founding technical lead for the Knowledge Systems team inside of the Productivity & Happiness org. He is also the author of two books, Code Simplicity which is now available for free online, and Understanding Software. When our guest is not finding ways to help engineers be more productive, he is spending time with his two-year-old son and making music. Our guest is an absolute delight, is a fountain of endless knowledge, is always so enthusiastic about helping others and I hope you enjoy our conversation about developer productivity with him today. Connect with Max: LinkedInBlogWebsiteTwitter Sponsor: Get Space: Install Get Space's real-time survey iteration tool now with code "buildwithpeople" and get 20% off your first year Show notes and helpful resources: Three pillars of focus for Max’s team: 1. Metrics, 2. Feedback and 3. KnowledgeDPE Summit 2023 TalkDefinition of developer productivity at LinkedIn - A developer can effectively and efficiently accomplish their intentions regarding the systems they are attempting to build and they are happy with the systems, tools, processes, and facilities that are involved in software developmentMax designed a metric called “Code Reviewer Response Time” - He will be releasing open source notes soon with more infoYou need to show metrics to the people who can take action on them and you need to show them metrics that they want to take action onAlways start with the goals of the business or goals of team and if a team cannot tell you or cannot tell you what their metrics should be its because they do not know what their goals are Any survey is better than no survey and free text feedback is very valuableLinkedIn uses both a quarterly survey and a real-time feedback systemUsing their real-time feedback system they found that satisfaction rating is .5% higher than quarterly surveysTwo questions he would ask when starting a survey are: 1. Using a 0-5 scale: “I regularly reach a high level of productivity”, and 2. Free text feedback: “What are some aspects of development that have frustrated you in the last three months?”High quality up-to-date documentation is the highest productivity driver 2023 DORA report For more show notes visit podcast.unfilteredbuild.com. Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Ep. 27: Smiling Security - Sentinel Serenades with Laura Bell Main
Oct 10 2023
Ep. 27: Smiling Security - Sentinel Serenades with Laura Bell Main
Your password must contain at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one number, a special character and be at least 8 characters long. These directions should be all too familiar to you when creating a new password for some new account you are signing up for. Have you ever stopped to think about why these requirements exist? Today, we are joined by, Laura Bell Main, a passionate cyber security expert who will share her journey with us into the wide world of security, help us understand the importance of security and ground us in a daunting world with simple and effective ways to secure our digital lives. Laura has been in the cyber security world for over 20 years. She has her Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, has worked for the New Zealand Internet Task Force, as a security consultant for various companies, was a board member for Hackers Helping Hackers and is an investor and advisor for Onwardly. Currently, she is the founder and CEO of SafeStack, a company dedicated to teaching the world how to secure the software we build. She is a published co-author of two books Security for Everyone and Agile Application Security and is spreading the good word of security best practices high and low. She says “to protect one of us we must protect all of us”. When she is not on her mission to build a team of 30 million security minded software developers she is spending time with her two daughters, restoring old mechanical things like 100 year old sowing machines and is an avid gardener. Connect with Laura: WebsiteTwitterLinkedIn Show notes and helpful resources: 1 Hour Appsec - free application security programBuild Amazing Things Podcast hosted by Laura Bell MainSmurf AttackSecurity is one of the oldest problems we have and it is very human - (video)Security is about how we protect the things that have value from other people who have sufficient motivation to take action to get themOne key tip to protect your self in the digital world is to make sure your email password is very very strongMake sure you also look at the people around you in your life and give them support to protect their digital footprint“Minimum Viable Security” - The minimum amount of security you can do that takes care of your highest priority risksSecurity becomes a tool to increase sales and is a large part of software qualityMaori sayings: “Kia Kaha” - Stay strong, be brave and “Kia Ora” - Hello Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Ep. 26: Inclusivity Is For All - Building an accessible web with Punk Rock, CrossFit and Derek Fons
Sep 12 2023
Ep. 26: Inclusivity Is For All - Building an accessible web with Punk Rock, CrossFit and Derek Fons
For front end engineers there are so many frameworks that abstract away the actual HTML sometimes making accessibility and web fundamentals an afterthought. Accessibility in 2023 must be a 1st class citizen. How do you know if you are making things accessible for your users?  Today we are joined by, Derek Fons, a passionate engineer to discuss building a community with empathy, web fundamentals, simple things you can do to make a more accessible website and more. Derek, has been in the tech industry for over 20 years and has found a home in coding, mentoring and building community. Growing up he barely graduated high school - having to take night school to graduate on time, and he never went to college. His past struggles and overcoming this adversity, has given our guest a unique perspective on building software for people, with empathy at the center. He has held roles at companies like Apple, Amazon, Conde Nast, Everywell and now is a Staff Engineer at Restore Hyper Wellness. When our guest is not solving technical challenges and creating accessible software he is spending time with his children, mentoring, playing video games, reading comic books and doing CrossFit. It is his mission to help others be their best selves. Connect with Derek: LinkedInTwitterGithub Show notes and helpful resources: More on Accessibility: Episode 1 with Dezireé TeagueMore on Mentoring: Episode 3 with Dan DegreefHelpful WCAG PatternsAXE dev tools by dequeLighthouse dev toolClean code is easy to deleteA few tips to test for accessibility:Navigate through your app with just your keyboardPlace yourself in the shoes of your users - if building mobile make sure you test it on a cell phoneLeverage your built in screen reader utility to test your applicationObserve how your users use your software if you can Its our job as engineers to make sure we are solving problems for our users and if we are not, our software is uselessHTML Links - Make sure you have proper text describing where your links go - not CLICK HERE HTML select drop downs and inputs MUST have focus- Do not remove the default outline!HTML labels are big! Make sure you use labels properly with inputs Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Ep. 25: Real World Mindset - Serving Empathetic Engineering with Kelsey Hightower
Aug 8 2023
Ep. 25: Real World Mindset - Serving Empathetic Engineering with Kelsey Hightower
When you think of Kubernetes or Docker, I bet empathy is not the first word that comes to mind. Today, I am joined by, Kelsey Hightower whose passion it is to bring empathy to work everyday and we talk about how to reframe our approach to building tools for humans, learning from the physical world, config management, containerization and more. Kelsey earned his CompTIA A+ certification and began his career working at BellSouth installing DSL. He has worked at Puppet Labs, Monsoon Commerce (where he wrote his open source config management library Conf’d ), and currently he is a Distinguished Engineer, Google Cloud.  He is a leading expert and advocate in Kubernetes and is known in the tech community as the explainer and chief of Kubernetes having spoken at many many conferences and even co-founding the Kubernetes-focused KubeCon conference. He is also a published co-author of the book Kubernetes: Up & Running. He likes to say he is a SysAdmin who can code and a big part of his day is spent elevating people. Enjoy our conversation! Connect with Kelsey: Twitter Show notes and helpful resources: Meet KelseyKelsey’s book: Kubernetes: Up & Running“If there is a problem do what is necessary to solve it no matter what”“You do your best work when you are at your best”Brian Grant - Chief architect of KubernetesKim Bannerman - People first empathetic leader“A 10x engineer can make 10 people better - level up the people around you”“Always seek to understand why you do what you do”“Continue to grow by observing the world around you and make adjustments so you can make an impact” Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Ep. 24: The HOWL stack is your new tech stack - An explanation of Hypermedia and HTMX with Carson Gross
Jul 11 2023
Ep. 24: The HOWL stack is your new tech stack - An explanation of Hypermedia and HTMX with Carson Gross
What is your tech stack of choice these days? Have you tried the HOWL stack? Do you have front end clients that are bloated, have huge bundle sizes and have complicated tooling? Are you having to write business logic on the server AND the front end? The HOWL stack might be just for you. The HOWL stack is Hypermedia On Whatever (backend) you’d Like. Hypertext you say? Yeah you know like text displayed on a computer screen that has references to other text. Sound familiar? It should, the most popular way to view hypertext today is via the World Wide Web which is itself the canonical hypermedia system. Today we are joined by Carson Gross to discuss what Hypermedia systems are, concepts like Representational State Transfer (REST), Hypermedia As The Engine of Application State (HATEOS), and his library, HTMX, which is in direct response to how complicated web development has become. Carson has been the software industry for over 20 years and has his Masters of Computer Science from Stanford. He started programming in grade school in Apple Basic and then, later, with HyperCard and has worked in many languages like Java, Ruby on Rails and Python. He is very active in the open source community responsible for projects like intercooler.js, hyperscript and the main library of discussion today, HTMX. He also teaches part time at Montana State University, is writing a book on Hypermedia systems, and currently runs his own software development shop, Big Sky Software, which finds hot, new industry trends and then builds the opposite of that. Connect with Carson: Big Sky SoftwareAboutLinkedInTwitter Show notes and helpful resources: HTMX LibraryHypermedia.Systems bookHateoas EssayTwo states of every programmer memeComponents of a Hypermedia SystemHow Did REST Come To Mean The Opposite of REST?Uniform Interface of RESTMother of All HTMX code bases → real world HTMX porthtml.org/examples → active searchLocality of behaviorThe Grug Brained DeveloperHyperview - server driven mobile app framework - by Adam Stepinski Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Ep. 23: Always Be Curious - The ABCs of running your own software consultancy with Matthew Holland
Jun 13 2023
Ep. 23: Always Be Curious - The ABCs of running your own software consultancy with Matthew Holland
There are so many different types of career paths in the world of software, how do you know which path to take? Would you like wearing many hats (not just software), working for yourself and being exposed to lots of different types of tech? If so, maybe software consulting is the right path. In today’s episode we are joined by a React Native Mobile consultant who will answer questions like, how do you put yourself out there to become a consultant? How do I know I have the skills necessary? What skills should those be? And much more. Our guest today, Matthew Holland is a long time friend of mine and just an all around stand up guy. We met in coding bootcamp at the University of Texas at Austin and immediately connected through our love for music. He is a big advocate for people experimenting and gaining experience through internships and hands-on experience and is currently a Senior React Native Mobile Consultant working for himself. Previously, he has worked as an engineer for companies like Sam’s Club, EverlyWell, and the Sumo Group. He has also helped to build mobile apps for companies such as Pella Corporation, Univision, and Downtowner. He grew up playing classical piano and is now exploring the realms of jazz. When he is not helping teams solve their technical problems or playing piano he is often battling through a MADabolic workout class, learning to cook a new Thai dish, reading nonfiction, or traveling. Connect with Matthew: LinkedInMedium Blog Show notes and helpful resources: Craig Silverstein - first Google employee - offered advice to students to build something to solve a problem you are interested in.phind.com and ChatGPTNumber 1 place for leads = LinkedInSkills that have helped Matthew succeed: Curiosity, self-motivation, ability to identify most important tasks, and being comfortable with ambiguityWhen assessing if a contract is right for you, talk to the team members, ask about the cadence of the team (scrum/agile etc), and look at the codebaseOne way to maintain a codebase is writing the right tests“Listening to Kenny G” - the HBO Kenny G documentaryReact Native - learn once, write anywhereHarvard Study on Happiness- Number one predictor of happiness is having good relationships with peopleA study of musicians and the brain - jazz vs classical Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Ep. 22: Contending with Contenda - Crafting a video to text AI catalyst with Lilly Chen
May 9 2023
Ep. 22: Contending with Contenda - Crafting a video to text AI catalyst with Lilly Chen
The tech landscape is exploding with AI tools to help you automate all sorts of workflows like code completion with Github Copilot or personal assistants like Chat GPT. But what about if you are a content creator with hours of recorded video content, what tools exist for you? “Content is King” so you have to be putting out diverse content continuously. What if you had a tool that automagically creates blogs and tutorials from already recorded video? Well you are in luck because we have just the tool for you…enter Contenda. Today we have the dynamic, inspiring, multi hat wearing founder and CEO of Contenda to tell us all about how it works and ways it can help you automate your content pipeline. Our guest, Lilly Chen, confounded the Colorado College Esports where her team won the first ever NCAA Division 3 championship and she built a retention product for twitch streamers at a hackathon that went viral and helped a Twitch streamer break a Guinness world record for most subscribers to a stream. She was a software engineer at Midgame building voice assistants for gaming which was acquired by Facebook, she has built machine learning infrastructure for Facebook Reality Labs, is a Member on the Board of Trustees at Colorado College and now runs an AI startup. On paper her career trajectory might seem straightforward but she has had her share of adversity. Off paper her story is one of struggle, self reflection, perseverance, triumph and inspirational to all. From dropping out of high school, to becoming a Buddhist monk, to a college graduate, to a startup founder, our guest is trailblazing the AI world so hit play to hear her amazing journey. Connect with Lilly: Email - lilly @contenda.coTwitterLinkedInContenda Show notes and helpful resources: Sign up for a Private Contenda Beta @ unfiltered.contenda.coDota 2Oh My Zsh bash toolAvatar: The Last AirbenderTwitch subathon article related to Lilly’s A/B twitch retention productListicle fun - Transform many blogs into a new blog! Contenda released this feature on the day of this recording (April 28th)Autocode - turn ideas into softwareAutocode + Contenda video on how to integrate with ContendaMarktprompt + Contenda integration: ConfbrewOptical Character Recognition PipelineOpen AI and Chat GPTAutocode template - Get all YouTube Video Ids from a playlist URL Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Ep. 21: iSnap youSnap let’s build a scalable app - Designing for scale with Denny Sam
Apr 11 2023
Ep. 21: iSnap youSnap let’s build a scalable app - Designing for scale with Denny Sam
When you design and build a web application for scale, you need to make a lot of decisions and small details can add up to create massive impact. So when you build a web application how do you know what framework to use, which cloud provider to choose or database solution to use? Relational, Document, Graph? You may also need users to login to your site but how do you authenticate them? Do you use sessions, JWTs, or third party authentication? How do you scale and support millions of users?  We are joined today by an engineer whose passion it is to solve these exact questions and come up with solutions for designing scalable software systems. Our guest today loves tinkering and building products from scratch. Growing up he was fascinated with Leonardo DaVinci and the machines he built, watching many history episodes on the topic. His love for software started over 10 years back when he took a web dev course on HTML, CSS and VB script where he built a website that helped others create websites, it was a “create your own website” type website. He went on to earn his degree in computer science from University of Pune in India. He started off as a UX engineer, after which he switched to exploring the Data Science domain for a brief period and slowly migrated to designing scalable systems for startups and other companies. Currently he is working as a Software Consultant at a company named Sahaj.ai When our guest  is not designing software or architecting solutions he is traveling, reading, watching movies, playing soccer and cooking. He is a big foodie and his favorite meal to make is Biriyani (a rice dish). In his words he was born a nomad and wants to explore the world. Connect with Denny: TwitterLinkedInDenny’s Newsletter Show notes and helpful resources: Obsidian note taking software for productivity - the 2nd person to call this out, so take a look!Quote from Steve Jobs - “You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards…”Jugaad - Innovative fix or hackNetflix and Chaos EngineeringOpen source libraries for Chaos EngineeringDenny’s article: A Commentary on Authentication MethodsDenny’s article: Sql, NoSql, Graph: A Commentary on DatabasesDenny’s article: Twitter's Tough Architectural DecisionYagni principle - You aren’t gonna need itNo Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram by Sarah Frier Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Ep. 20: DxE and Me - Reducing time to hello world through Developer Experience Engineering with Cassidy Williams
Mar 7 2023
Ep. 20: DxE and Me - Reducing time to hello world through Developer Experience Engineering with Cassidy Williams
As a developer have you ever worked on an API endpoint but you can’t easily find the documentation for the API to see how pieces work, or can’t find the specific sequence diagram on how your domains interact, or how about using some clunky outdated internal tool that you have to use to compile your code, well your user experience is suffering, more specifically your developer experience is poor. The term “developer experience” or DX is becoming more and more pervasive in the tech industry as companies realize how important it is for the success of their businesses. But what is DX you ask? Well, in today’s episode I am joined by a very special guest to answer that question and explore the realm of DX engineering and how you can help yourself and your team become more productive and build the experience you deserve. Our guest today, Cassidy Williams, spreads the joy of tech through her contagious positivity and accessible content. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Iowa State University and is a startup advisor and investor and developer experience expert. Currently, she is the CTO at Contenda, an AI content generation platform. Previously, she was the Director of Developer Experience at Netlify and has also worked at a variety of large and small companies like Remote, React Training, CodePen, Amazon and Venmo.  She's active in the developer community, has given hundreds of talks around the world, and also co-hosts the Stack overflow podcast and The Dev Morning Show (at night) podcast. She is one of Glamour Magazine's 35 Women Under 35 Changing the Tech Industry and LinkedIn's Top Professionals 35 & Under.  She wants to inspire generations of STEM students to be the best they can be. When Cassidy is not inspiring the next generation of coders she is playing music, singing karaoke, creating memes, building mechanical keyboards, and hanging out with her sister. Connect with Cassidy: TwitterThe Dev Morning Show (at night)LinkedInWebsite Show notes and helpful resources: CTO at ContendaGlamour Magazine's 35 Women Under 35 Changing the Tech IndustrySubscribe to Cassidy’s newsletter it won’t disappointCassidy’s fav joke at the time of recording “I adopted my dog from a blacksmith. As soon as we got home, she made a bolt for the door!”Obsidian note taking software for productivityAs a developer experience engineer you are making developers live’s easier through content generation, demos, tutorials and anything that can get them from zero to 1,  the “Time to Hello World”Make Time by Jake Knapp and John ZeratskyCosynd App - The fastest and most affordable way for content creators to register their worksVisit podcast.unfilteredbuild.com for more info Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Ep. 19: Grab your cloak and wand its TypeScript Wizardry time with Matt Pocock
Feb 7 2023
Ep. 19: Grab your cloak and wand its TypeScript Wizardry time with Matt Pocock
TypeScript here, TypeScript there, everywhere a little TypeScript! Grab your cloak and wand and join us on this wizarding journey!! That’s right today’s episode is all things TypeScript. We dive into TypeScript and uncover its true power of catching errors early, running anywhere javascript does, and giving you type inference all with the help form a true master of the language. We also touch on different ways to think about imposter syndrome and ways to grow your audience as a content creator. Our guest today, Matt Pocock, hails from the greater Oxford area in England and is an educator, content creator, software engineer and a Typescript Wizard. He has a Master of Arts in Practice of Voice and Singing from the Guildford School of Acting and was a public speaking coach and British Accent trainer prior to his software career. He has built a voice training app called VoiceHacker Accents available for Android and a VSCODE extension to help learn Typescript.  With his deep study of the English language it is no wonder he has taken to the deep study and teachings of TypeScript. He has held many developer jobs over the years and his most recent was as a developer advocate at Vercel (the company behind Next.js). Currently, he is a full time TypeScript instructor working on Total TypeScript, the most comprehensive TypeScript course available on the web. When Matt is not teaching the world how to wield the TypeScript wand he is big football fan and playing board game “Expecto patronum”!! Summon the Patronus Charm of hope and happiness and TypeScript here we come!! Connect with Matt: TwitterYoutubeLinkedInWebsite Show notes and helpful resources: Total TypeScript courseTotal TypeScript VSCODE extensionVoicehacker Accents AppMatt’s Beginner’s TypeScript course (as referenced in the episode examples)Matt loves Generics in TypeScriptTips on migrating to TypeScript: Run tsc init which creates a basic config file, then start small and move individual files first, like utils filesOBS - Open Broadcast Studio - Free and open source software for video recording and live streamingYou need a thesis for people to follow youBe Useful!!Davinci Resolve - video editor Fun phrases you may have heard and their American equivalent: “It’s pants” = It’s bad, rubbish“Bang on Rails” = Terrific or marvelous“I can’t be asked” = I can’t be bothered Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Ep. 18: Optimizing for happiness - Building a code deployment platform with Marko Anastasov
Jan 10 2023
Ep. 18: Optimizing for happiness - Building a code deployment platform with Marko Anastasov
How long does it take to get your code into the hands of your customers? Do you manually copy your files to a production server? If you answered longer than a day and yes then the code deployment product, Semaphore, is what you need. Today, we chat with, Marko Anastasov, the co-founder of Semaphore, a code integration and delivery platform, about the inception, creation, and his team’s learning journey building Semaphore. His story is riddled with encounters of monoliths and microservices, tales of building a learning culture, and reflections around the human factors in building tech products, like why do we make the technical decisions we make? Marko is a product guy and a programmer guy and has been a maker since he was a kid. He earned a Masters of Science in computer science from University of Novi Sad in Serbia. Currently, he is a founding partner of Rendered Text, a remote Rails consulting shop and the co-founder of Semaphore. When Marko is not helping companies ship code faster, he is exercising and spending time with his wife and 4 year old daughter. Connect with Marko: TwitterLinkedInWebsite Show notes and helpful resources: Semaphore CIMarko’s article on What is Proper Continuous Integration?XKCD comic about compilingMarko’s article picked up by Hacker news, The Cracking Monolith: The Forces that Call for MicroservicesYou should be able to describe your microservice in one sentence without saying the word “and”Marko’s article on  7 ways continuous delivery helps build a culture of learning Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Ep. 17: May the test be with you - Becoming a Jedi test master with Kent C. Dodds
Dec 13 2022
Ep. 17: May the test be with you - Becoming a Jedi test master with Kent C. Dodds
Production is down!! Faulty code was released!! Users are losing your trust by the second!! Ugh, how did this happen and how could this have been prevented? By writing the right tests! Today, Jedi test master, Kent C. Dodds, joins us as we discuss all things testing, from the types of tests in your tool belt, how to write the right tests, when to run them, tools you can and should use, and ways to ensure your tests are performant. Kent is a world renowned speaker, educator, a beacon of inspiration in the tech community and has written an entire course focused solely on Testing Javascript. He graduated from BYU with a Master of Science in Information Systems, and has worked at companies like Domo, Alianza and PayPal. He is a Google Developer Expert and an instructor on egghead.io and Frontend Masters.  He is actively involved in the open source community as a maintainer of projects like Glamorous, Downshift and Testing Library, and is a contributor to hundreds of popular npm packages. Prior to his current role, he co-founded Remix and worked as the Director of Developer Experience. Presently, our guest is a Software Engineer Educator working for himself and working on what he calls his magnum opus - EpicReact.Dev. When Kent is not teaching the world about software or spending time with his family he is cruising around on his onewheel or snowboarding.  Prepare to become a Jedi test master!! Connect with Kent: TwitterWebsiteYoutubeDiscord Show notes and helpful resources: The Testing Trophy blog postWhy I never use shallow rendering blog postAvoid the test user  blog postMaking your UI tests resilient to change blog postCommon mistakes with React Testing Library blog postMigrate from Enzyme to Testing Library documentationHow to know what to test blog postBusiness and engineering alignment blog postPlaywright - End-2-End testing libraryVitest testing framework Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Ep. 16: From zero to guitar hero to UX engineer rockstar - Jamming on design systems with Kelly Harrop
Nov 9 2022
Ep. 16: From zero to guitar hero to UX engineer rockstar - Jamming on design systems with Kelly Harrop
In today’s digital world you must have an online presence to be effective. Not only a presence but a unified, beautiful, and fast user experience. How do companies achieve consistency across thousands of pages? How do different stakeholders across the organization gain visibility into the capabilities of a system? One way is through a single design system which essentially is a set of standards intended to manage design at scale using reusable components and patterns. Today we are joined by a guest who has first hand experience at crafting such a system for the financial giant Intuit. Join us as we dive into the importance and complexities of building such systems, the journey of our guest and how she found  the role that straddles multiple worlds to bring unification across an organization. Our guest today, Kelly Harrop, has held positions as both a designer and an engineer for companies like Intuit, Fossil, USAA and Tekzenit, giving her a unique perspective into the technical creation process. Her journey into tech is anything but ordinary, she has been a professional Guitar Hero player and a video game model. Currently, she is a Principal UX engineer at Intuit crafting design system solutions for complex frameworks. When Kelly is not designing beautiful experiences and building usable systems she is playing video games including her current favorites, Overwatch and Elden Ring, and drinking cold brew. Connect with Kelly: TwitterLinkedInPodcast-Code & PixelsWebsite Show notes and helpful resources: Kelly’s UX Engineering for Design systems articleStorybookHow Intuit organize their StorybookProof - a test runner for StorybookStyle Dictionary by Danny Banks - referencing Design TokensClarity - A design systems conferenceDevTools.fm podcastiTermDocBlocks - a better way to make storybook documentation Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Ep. 15: Doers document - Building systems and sustainable documentation with Eddie Hinkle
Oct 11 2022
Ep. 15: Doers document - Building systems and sustainable documentation with Eddie Hinkle
Let’s say you work on a team and you have a bunch of services, how do you share knowledge about the important parts of how things work? I would hope documentation is the answer and not “tribal knowledge”. But good documentation can be hard. So is communication and so is continuing to grow your career when there are so many directions you could go.  In today’s show we are joined by a guest who gives us tips and tricks on better ways to create sustainable documentation, thoughts on how to communicate more effectively especially in an interview and shares a continuous learning framework he uses to help him grow. Our guest today, Eddie Hinkle, believes the software we use should feel natively human and engage us both emotionally and cognitively. He has over 15 years experience managing engineers and designers and has worked in all sorts of industries including internet Saas, government contracting, cyber security, medical and health, education and more.  Currently he is an engineering manager at Glassdoor, is the host of the podcast Webjoy, and a mentor  for Collab Lab and ADPlist.org. When he is not helping engineers grow their career with empathy he spends time with his three kids, a 5 month old, a 3 year old, and a 4 year old. He is also an avid reader and has even completed reading 52 books in one year. In his words if we aren’t learning we are stagnating. Connect with Eddie: TwitterLinkedInWebsiteWebjoy Podcast Show notes and helpful resources: GlassdoorEddie’s 5 types of documentation: 1. Document your code; 2. Document your company processes; 3. Document your day - he uses the tool Reflect; 4. Documenting your successes and failures; 5. Document your concernsEddie uses Docusaurus for his technical documentationEddie’s 4 tips for continuous learning: 1. Take classes; 2. Apply your knowledge in a practical setting; 3. Expose yourself to new people and different ways of thinking about concepts; 4. Environment - explore a wide variety of tools and languages that are relevantVolunteer your time or join free group project session at Collab LabFind or become a mentor at ADPlist.org Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Ep. 14: Data is your destiny - Exploring data science with Ryan Valenza
Sep 13 2022
Ep. 14: Data is your destiny - Exploring data science with Ryan Valenza
Have you used Google search today? Or listened to music recommended to you? The results and suggestions you receive from these types of services are powered by Data Science. In today’s world, big data and insights are the new currency. While it's the machines that ultimately do the number crunching and provide the data, it's the human touch behind the scenes that make it all possible. In today’s episode we explore the field of Data Science and Machine Learning and how it permeates every walk of life and the endless possibilities it provides. Our guest today, Ryan Valenza, is a scientist through and through. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics and Math from University of Maryland Baltimore County and his Master of Science in Physics from the University of Washington (PhD). He has held roles as a Data Engineer and Data Analyst at the Allen Institute for Brain Science and as Chief Data Scientist at Stackline, an e-commerce startup. He recently began a new job as the Director of Machine Learning at Bungie. If Bungie rings a bell it should, they created the gaming franchises of Halo, Destiny and Marathon to name a few. When he is not teaching machines how to interpret data he is a big gamer himself with origins in Donkey Kong Country, a runner and an adventure planner for his three year old daughter. Connect with Ryan: LinkedInTwitterTwitch Show notes and helpful resources: Condensed matter physicsRandom forest and gradient descent algorithmsConverting sound to image using Sonographic Sound ProcessingConvolutional Neural Network -  a series of mathematical transformationsGoogle deep mindAlphaGo - the computer program that defeated the Go grand masterAlphaStar - the computer that plays StarCraft IIWords to live by - “You should never bring someone else down to bring to yourself up”Ryan’s intro to machine learning will cover supervised learning , unsupervised learning and reinforcement learningData Science at UMBC Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Ep. 13:  The Coder Coder - Building a do-it-yourself learning empire with Jessica Chan
Aug 16 2022
Ep. 13: The Coder Coder - Building a do-it-yourself learning empire with Jessica Chan
Are you just learning to code or a self-taught developer? Need help with structured direction in your learning journey? Then you have to check out The Coder Coder!!  If neither apply check this resource out anyway, there is something for everyone. In today’s episode we examine the world of learning how to code from the perspective of the teacher and dive into what it’s like to sit in the driver’s seat creating content and running a successful Youtube coding community. We also discuss how to learn, tips on asking for help, best places to start your code journey, and much much more. Our guest today is a beacon of hope for career changers everywhere. She is a self taught coder who began her coding career doing data entry and now creates extremely approachable, fun, entertaining and very educating tutorials for beginner web developers via her blog, online courses and videos. She is a Youtube sensation with a community of over 361K subscribers that she has built from the ground up. She has been in the industry for 8 years, recently quitting her full-time job to focus 100% on her Youtube community and has worked on every part of the development stack. Connect with Jessica: TwitterInstagramYoutubeWebsite/Blog Show notes and helpful resources: Frontendmentor.io  - build real world projectsFreecodecamp resource and Discord communityOdin Project - Learn how to code!Jessica’s responsive design course coming soon!MDN - Mozilla Developer Network  - great web documentationJessica’s Freecodecamp articlesJessica’s video: Learn web development as an absolute beginnerJessica’s video: How to stay motivated when learning to codeJessica’s video: Are you sabotaging your coding career? (with Mortal Kombat style fight scenes)Jessica’s video: Stop wasting time when learning to code videoJessica’s gear: RE20 mic, A7S Camera, OBS Screen Casts, Adobe Suite, Vissles keyboard, Fully standing deskJessica’s favorite/highest production coder coder video: The Office Tour Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.
Ep. 12: Invest in Your Humans with YugaHQ - Kiran Kanakadani on employee happiness and retention
Jul 12 2022
Ep. 12: Invest in Your Humans with YugaHQ - Kiran Kanakadani on employee happiness and retention
How are you ensuring your employees are happy and will stay with your company? Your employees are the most important piece to your business and as such you must learn what they want in their and career and enable it. In today’s discussion we focus on empathy as the future of business in tech, why it’s important for developers to gain business acumen for greater success in their role, how a new product, YugaHQ, can help companies predict and prepare for employee turnover and much more. Our guest today, Kiran Kanakadandi, has an Electrical Engineering degree from Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology in Hyderabad, India, a MS of Computer Science from Clemson and has published a thesis on Graph Theory. He began his career as a kernel and distributed systems developer at NetApp. Our guest is a 2 time startup founder, founding Potatop Technologies and is currently serving as the founder/CEO of YugaHQ, an employee retention SaaS. Kiran believes empathy is the best business model. He is the author of a US Patent, speaks 4 languages, enjoys listening to deep Indian classical music, American classics like Towns Van Zandt, and is a movie trivia buff. Connect with Kiran: TwitterLinkedIn Show notes and helpful resources: Kiran’s Career paths for developers articleKiran’s On Business Awareness for Engineers articleKiran’s Three parts of your job articleKiran’s Always Be Rehiring articlePaul Graham - Do things that don’t scale - EssayIndian Classical Music: Uyyalalugavayya performed by Dr Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna and composed by Thyagaraja written in Telugu over 200 years agoIndian Classical Music: Bhavayami Gopalabalam performed by Dr M S Subbulakshmi and  composed by Annamacharya over 800 years ago in SanskritFilm music with music video: Chaiya Chaiya by A R Rahman from the movie Dil Se"I'll be here in the morning" by Townes Van Zandt - this is Kiran’s favorite versionProductivity Hack => Chrome plugins - Marvelous Suspender (tab remover) and Tab Manager Plus Building something cool or solving interesting problems? Want to be on this show? Send me an email at jointhepodcast@unfilteredbuild.com Podcast produced by Unfiltered Build - dream.design.develop.