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, Javascript, Python, crypto, DevOps, mentoring, accessibility, software leadership, accessibility, testing, soft skills, and more. read less

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.
Ep. 11: Humans as Value Creators - Unlocking your potential and building trust, clarity and empowerment with Jeff Doolittle
Jun 14 2022
Ep. 11: Humans as Value Creators - Unlocking your potential and building trust, clarity and empowerment with Jeff Doolittle
A Software Architect’s role is to contain complexity and an Engineer’s role is to manage optionality, but what is a Product Owner’s role? To perform at your best you must understand your value creation responsibilities. In this episode we’ll explore the primary responsibilities of key roles in software development, the three crucial values that provide significant boosts in morale and productivity, the meaning of technical empathy, foundational principles of leadership and more. On today’s episode I am joined by Jeff Doolittle, a Software Architect who has designed software systems for over 25 years. Jeff is a transformational leader providing developer leadership and mentorship to software professionals. He holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, and a Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership. As co-founder and CTO first of a boutique software consultancy, then as CTO in a SaaS start-up serving the Agriculture industry, he has gained deep and broad industry experience. In his free time he plays guitar and spends time with his family. Jeff’s ongoing mission is to channel his expertise, experience and energy toward his driving passion: to help make good software professionals great! Connect with Jeff: Personal WebsiteLinkedIn Show notes and helpful resources: The Software Crisis - Edward DijkstraConway’s Law:  Organizations design systems that mirror their own communication structureSoftware Fundamentals: Collected Papers by David L. Parnas - including the topic of Information HidingRighting Software - Juval LöwyJohn Ousterthout - A Philosophy of Software DesignSoftware Engineering Radio PodcastThinking in systems by Donella H. MeadowsJeff’s Tao of Software Architecture: An Introduction ArticleJeff’s Software Leadership Distilled ArticleJeff’ Leadership Style Matrix Article - Discussing Authoritarian, Familial, Managerial, and Transformational leadership styles through the lens of Empowerment and ClarityMermaid.js, GraphVis, PlantUML - Tools to build 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. 10:  Illuminating the future of onboarding with Pathlight - Lizzie Matusov on the software talent bottleneck
May 17 2022
Ep. 10: Illuminating the future of onboarding with Pathlight - Lizzie Matusov on the software talent bottleneck
You just hired a new engineer. How do you reduce their time to productivity? How do you give back hours of time to engineering leaders spent prepping and training the new hire? You examine your onboarding process and you use Pathlight to help. Today’s show marks the 10th episode of Building With People For People!! I am very excited for our show today as we explore how a pre-med molecular biologist found her way into software and is building a startup addressing the software talent bottleneck. We also discuss proving your product through an MVT (minimum valuable test), the importance of diverse backgrounds, and how each of us can work together to create a more inclusive tech landscape. Our guest, Lizzie Matusov, had the startup life in her blood at a young age when as a kid, she and a friend started a dog walking business. She began her software career working on open source for Red Hat and has worked at Invitae as a Full Stack Engineer and Technical Product Manager. Currently, she is the co-founder of Pathlight, a product helping technical teams hit their goals and grow faster by re-imagining the onboarding experience. Additionally, she is an MS/MBA Candidate at Harvard Business School and Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has spoken at conferences, describes herself as a community builder, is a plant lover, and is on a mission to change what it means to be a technologist for the better. Connect with Lizzie: TwitterEmail Show notes and helpful resources: Lizzie’s journey into softwarePathlight - They are looking for design partners to run their first version completely free!Larsen created by Alex Benoit - a product to help prevent burnout and improve team cultureEM twitter communityCareer KarmaLearning about minimum viable testsRippling - effortlessly manage payroll, benefits and moreLearn Tensorflow 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. 09:  Sowing Seeds of Success - Actionable advice for growing your career with Mitra Raman
May 3 2022
Ep. 09: Sowing Seeds of Success - Actionable advice for growing your career with Mitra Raman
Want 7 proven steps on how to become a software engineering manager? Or what about an effective communication tool to track your teams progress over time? Listen in as we answer these questions and explore ways to grow your career with actionable steps, become a more effective engineering manager, tips on giving effective feedback and much more. Our guest today,  Mitra (pronounced Myth-raa) Raman, is a Sr. Engineering Manager at Glossier in New York City. She is always posting great actionable advice on twitter and is a force of nature becoming an Engineering leader and manager in just two years after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelors in computer science. She has worked at Amazon, has founded her own direct to consumer business - The Buttermilk company, managed an engineering team at Ro, has consulted for 10+ e-commerce businesses, is an angel investor, and was nominated for Geekwire’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year. In her free time she is a co-host on a podcast, writes product reviews, is a die hard Beyonce fan and a pop culture guru. Connect with Mitra: TwitterWebsite Show notes and helpful resources: Steps Mitra took to become an engineering manager in 2 years after collegeJoin the Twitter Engineering Manager communityEngineering Advice You Didn’t Ask for PodcastBook Mitra for 1:1 consultationsA Portfolio of Small Bets - Daniel Vassallo - An online courseThingTesting CompanyMitra’s guide to giving great feedbackMitra’s guide to giving weekly updatesGoodbye Buttermilk! A story of why Mitra shut down her first startup: The Buttermilk companyTurn your recipes into an online business - Step-by-step guideSign up for Mitra’s Pop Culture For Dummies Newsletter or listen to her recently released podcast version of Pop Culture For Dummies PodcastSign up for Mitra’s reviews of products and brands - The Honest Tester 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. 08:  Play Nice and Grow - Building a strong team and startup fundraising with Randy Sears
Apr 19 2022
Ep. 08: Play Nice and Grow - Building a strong team and startup fundraising with Randy Sears
What traits do you look for when hiring engineers for your team? What does fundraising look like in a startup. In today’s episode we talk about what it takes to build great teams and fundraising specifically in the startup world and much more. Our guest, Randy Sears, brings more than 20 years of experience designing and implementing scalable distributed systems in domains as diverse as education and scientific computing, and has held technical leadership roles for more than a decade. Previous to his current role at DemandStar as the Head of Engineering, he worked at many seed and pre-IPO startups, participating in IPOs, acquisitions, and fundraising with Zulily, Loudeye, IBM, Isilon (now part of EMC) and Stackline. Our guest has studied computer science and music at Boston University, and loves sailing and scuba diving. In building teams, Randy favors empowerment and collegiality combined with an eagerness to learn. Connect with Randy: LinkedIn Show notes: The top skill Randy looks for when hiring is the ability to work well with othersPay attention when interviewing not to introduce affinity bias - where you identify with the candidate because they are like youYour interview process can and should adapt based on the size of your team and companyTake home tests as an interview method Randy has learned is generally not preferred.Randy strives to build collegiality amongst his teamCheck out RoblokBest advice he has received is: "犬も歩けば棒に当たる” which translate roughly to “when a dog walks he hits a stick.” If you keep moving, mentally or physically, you will find interesting, often useful, things. So keep exploring.DemandStar is hiring so make sure to checkout their careers page for the most recent listings (and much more to come)“Authenticity and imperfections can communicate a lot” -Randy Sears 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. 07:  Mad. Sad. Glad. - Emotions are your superpower with Jenn Creighton
Apr 5 2022
Ep. 07: Mad. Sad. Glad. - Emotions are your superpower with Jenn Creighton
When was the last time you got frustrated writing code? How about sad? What if I told you learning how to recognize and harness your emotions would make you a better engineer and a better coworker? Today on the show we explore the journey of a Senior Software Engineer, how emotions make us better developers not worse, things you should do to be a better teammate, a peak into life at Netflix and more. Our guest, Jenn Creighton, has worked at companies like ClassPass, Apollo GraphQL and has been a guest on the React Podcast, has spoken at many conferences including React JS Girls: the Conference, React Conf, and JS Conf Mexico. She is also a co-organizer for useReact NYC.  Currently she is a Senior Software Engineer at Netflix working in the developer productivity org, host of her own podcast - single threaded, and truly a positive force in the tech community. Jenn will be giving her Debugging in JS talk IN PERSON at React Miami April 18-19 and Reactathon in May - Don’t Miss It!! Connect with Jenn: TwitterLinkedInDev.to page More Jenn: Single Threaded Podcast“Your emotions are not an anti-pattern” - JS Conf Mexico talkMini course on React architecture including flexibility, composition and principlesJenn’s journey into code via blog post Show notes and helpful resources: Emotional First Aid Kit by Guy WinchRecurse Center social rulesuseReact.NYCReact Miami - April 18-19, 2022Reactathon In The Park,  Berkley CA-  May 3-5, 2022Netflix Job culture“No rules rules - Netflix and the culture of reinvention” by the Erin Meyer and Reed Hastings CEO of Netflix 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. 06: Motivation Porridge - Using Goldilocks to ignite employee motivation with Jelle Smeets
Mar 22 2022
Ep. 06: Motivation Porridge - Using Goldilocks to ignite employee motivation with Jelle Smeets
What do Goldilocks and Engineering Management have in common? The “just right” strategy can be used to motivate and grow employees. Tune in today as Drukwerkdeal Engineering Manager, Jelle Smeets, from Apeldoorn Netherlands walks us through this management theory and other ideas on employee motivation. We also talk about applying scrum methodologies, simple ways to avoid burnout, the importance of getting to know each other’s cultures, and learning in public. As a kid, Jelle discovered engineering through his love of Dragonball Z and dove head first into building his own HTML fan site. His passion for solving puzzles lead him to become a full time software engineer with a Bachelors in computer and information science, to a certified scrum master, to now an engineering manager where he sees himself as a football (soccer) coach and strives to lead by example. Jelle is also a fair-weather runner, a blogger and a gardener. Connect with Jelle: LinkedInTwitterBlog Show notes and helpful resources: Leveling engineers with the Goldilocks rule4 lessons I learned as a starting scrum masterMy journey into techMcGregor’s theory x and theory yAtomic Habits by James ClearCoaching Agile teams by Lyssa AdkinsCulture Map  by Erin MeyerElegant Puzzle by Will LarsonNotion tool 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. 05: Giving Back - Social Responsibility and Community Involvement with Sierra Acy
Mar 8 2022
Ep. 05: Giving Back - Social Responsibility and Community Involvement with Sierra Acy
As software engineers we have the skills to make great tools but perhaps an even greater honor is the opportunity to teach and share our skills with others. In this episode we speak to an engineer who does just that, inspires future engineers through her community involvement. Our guest today is Sierra Acy, a software engineer at HBO Max. She is a huge proponent of and loves helping others learn computer science and giving back to her community. When she volunteers and shares her knowledge, she is constantly reminded of why she loves software engineering. Her love for community service began while in college at UT Austin organizing Hour of Code events for local schools. She has since spent a great deal of time organizing Disney’s Seattle internship program and is currently a teacher through the TEALSK12 program and a mentor with Mentors in Tech. Not only is Sierra a software engineer she is also a book cover and e-marketing material designer with over 20 published covers. Prior to working at HBO Max, she worked at The Walt Disney Company and Microsoft. Connect with Sierra: LinkedInPersonal Website Show notes and helpful resources: First Bytes Summer Camp - engineering camp for high school girlsArduino - Starter kitsUT Austin’s Coding in the Classroom and Hour of Code - getting students involved in programming through an hour of code. Minor correction from the show, this program is NOT an after school program as mentioned, it IS an hour per week during classWICS - Women in Computer Science at UT Austin - a shared community that confirmed her sense of belonging in software engineeringDisney Professional InternshipsTEALSK12 - Technology Education and Literacy in Schools program - Apply now to be a mentorMinT - Mentors in TechTips for better communication: 1. Set the context, 2. Know your audience - are they technical or not?, 3. Learn the communication style of those you are engaging with and 4. Practice practice practiceBuilding authentic relationships: 1. Bring your whole self and your personality to work and 2. Be humans outside of work - engage with your coworkers through things like coffee chatsSierra is currently reading: Technically Wrong by Sara Wachter-BoettcherLearn Python, learn RustPound FitTech using to solve everyday problems -  Fantastical 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. 04: Mindful Management with Mahesh Guruswamy  - Chief Operator of the Rube Goldberg Machine
Feb 22 2022
Ep. 04: Mindful Management with Mahesh Guruswamy - Chief Operator of the Rube Goldberg Machine
Are you trying to decide if software engineering is the right path for you? Are you currently an engineering manager and want tips on how you can grow and foster a better team? Join me as I speak with Chief Operator of the Rube Goldberg machine (CTO of Kajabi), Mahesh Guruswamy, as he guides us through how he measures success in his role as CTO, his 6 tenants of conflict resolution, ways to build a learning culture, how to know if engineering management is right for you, and much more. Mahesh has been in tech for over two decades and has held many different positions ranging from software engineer to Director of Architecture, to VP of Engineering at companies like Vanguard, Fidelity Investments, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Amazon Alexa, and Smartsheet. While in graduate school before he started his career in tech, he was a cashier at McDonald’s and through his interactions with the diverse clientele he discovered his knack for connecting and empathizing with all walks of life. As a self described “non-traditional” engineering leader he is a builder of product development teams and an angel investor. Kajabi, an all-in-one business platform to create and scale your knowledge business.  They are hiring all types of positions including engineering, head over to their careers page to learn more. Connect with Mahesh: LinkedIn Abridged Show Notes:  Conflict Resolution - Mahesh’s 6 tenants hereManagement is right for you if you get a warm and fuzzy feeling when your team succeedsThree ways to measure success: program outcomes, talent help, and system healthTurn office politics into a way to explore people’s true intentions in order to help build better productsSuccess as a manger is: Navigating discussions with teams, shipping features and low employee attritionBuild a framework that allows your team to make the right decisions (through operating tenants)Mahesh’s favorite book - How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie - changed his perspective on how to approach teams and relationshipsFirst Break All The Rules by Marcus BuckinghamEmotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis BradberrySapiens by Yuval Noah Harari See more detailed show notes at https://podcast.unfilteredbuild.com/ep4-mindful-management-mahesh-guruswamy/ ---  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.