Ep. 14: Data is your destiny - Exploring data science with Ryan Valenza

Episode Description 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....

September 12, 2022 · 2 min · Nigel Finley

Ep. 13: The Coder Coder - Building a do-it-yourself learning empire with Jessica Chan

Episode Description 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....

August 15, 2022 · 2 min · Nigel Finley

Ep. 12: Invest in Your Humans with YugaHQ - Kiran Kanakadani on employee happiness and retention

Episode Description 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....

July 11, 2022 · 3 min · Nigel Finley

Ep. 11: Humans as Value Creators - Unlocking your potential and building trust, clarity and empowerment with Jeff Doolittle

Episode Description 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....

June 11, 2022 · 3 min · Nigel Finley

Ep. 10: Illuminating the future of onboarding with Pathlight - Lizzie Matusov on the software talent bottleneck

Episode Description 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....

May 16, 2022 · 2 min · Nigel Finley

Ep. 09: Sowing Seeds of Success - Actionable advice for growing your career with Mitra Raman

Episode Description 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....

May 2, 2022 · 2 min · Nigel Finley

Ep. 08: Play Nice and Grow - Building a strong team and startup fundraising with Randy Sears

Episode Description 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....

April 18, 2022 · 2 min · Nigel Finley

Ep. 07: Mad. Sad. Glad. - Emotions are your superpower with Jenn Creighton

Episode Description 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....

April 1, 2022 · 2 min · Nigel Finley

Ep. 06: Motivation Porridge - Using Goldilocks to ignite employee motivation with Jelle Smeets

Episode Description 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....

March 20, 2022 · 2 min · Nigel Finley

Ep. 05: Giving Back - Social Responsibility and Community Involvement with Sierra Acy

Episode Description 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....

March 4, 2022 · 2 min · Nigel Finley