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Ep. 34: Watch, Learn and Wynn: Automated Observability with David Wynn

Episode Description: Ding ding… It’s 3 am and your phone has just sent you multiple P1 alerts. Your site is down and you need to find out what the issue is and fast, but your log data is all over the place, metrics on your services are sub par and it’s really hard to know where to go to find the issue. What if there was a way to leverage AI to help you make sense of your data in a clear and concise way, making your 3 am alert wake up call a walk in the park?...

May 28, 2024 · 4 min · Nigel Finley
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Ep. 33: Ready Set Flow - A Conversation in Momentum and Troubleshooting with Arty Starr

Episode Description: You know that feeling when you are in the zone and time seems to standstill? You’re on fire, completely focused, and distractions vanish? That feeling is FLOW. In today’s world with constant interruptions and demands on our attention, achieving flow can feel impossible. But what if there was a way to cultivate this state and optimize your productivity? That’s where “flow as a practice” comes in. It’s the art of getting in and staying in that magical flow state....

April 26, 2024 · 4 min · Nigel Finley
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Ep. 32: Man, Meta, Maturity Model - Productivity Engineering with Karim Nakad

Episode Description: Metrics are hard. Identifying which metrics to measure is even harder. So how do you get started? And how do you know when you have achieved true developer productivity zen? Like anything in life the path to mastery is a journey and today we are joined by a passionate staff engineer from Meta to share with us his theory on a developer productivity maturity model which paints a wonderful mental picture on knowing where we stand in our developer productivity journey and how companies can move through the stages....

March 26, 2024 · 4 min · Nigel Finley
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Ep. 31: ReframeOps - Rethinking problems, feedback loops, and multiplayer collaboration with Brit Myers

Episode Description: 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!...

February 13, 2024 · 3 min · Nigel Finley
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Ep. 30: Creating SPACE for Joy - Exploring Developer Productivity with Justin Reock

Episode Description: 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....

January 23, 2024 · 3 min · Nigel Finley
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Ep. 29: Listen To Your Users - The Power of User Experience Design Thinking with Satyam Kantamneni

Episode Description: 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....

December 12, 2023 · 3 min · Nigel Finley
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Ep. 28: With Great Metrics Comes Great Responsibility - Max Kanat-Alexander on Developer Productivity at LinkedIn

Episode Description: 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....

November 14, 2023 · 3 min · Nigel Finley
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Ep. 27: Smiling Security - Sentinel Serenades with Laura Bell Main

Episode Description: 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....

October 10, 2023 · 3 min · Nigel Finley
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Ep. 26: Inclusivity Is For All - Building an accessible web with Punk Rock, CrossFit and Derek Fons

Episode Description: 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....

September 12, 2023 · 2 min · Nigel Finley
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Ep. 25: Real World Mindset - Serving Empathetic Engineering with Kelsey Hightower

Episode Description: 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....

August 7, 2023 · 2 min · Nigel Finley