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

Ep. 04: Mindful Management with Mahesh Guruswamy - Chief Operator of the Rube Goldberg Machine

Episode Description 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 at 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....

February 11, 2022 · 3 min · Nigel Finley

Software Sandox - Measure user satisfaction with Apdex

Episode Description What is Apdex? It is an open standard used to measure user satisfaction using response times of applications and services. Join me as I breakdown what Apdex is and how to measure user satisfaction and convert measurements into insights using the Apex standard. Software Sandbox episodes are byte-sized episodes focusing on one specific software topic delivered in 20 minutes or less....

February 7, 2022 · 1 min · Nigel Finley

Ep. 03: Mentoring matters - Increasing your knowledge base and growing your career with Dan Degreef

Episode Description Dan Degreef, one of my mentors, has been tinkering with online businesses since he was a teenager, has run multiple small businesses including an email marketing company and a software consulting business. He is a home brewer extraordinaire and is currently a software leader and problem solver working as a Staff developer at Indeed.com By building relationships with others you can build your knowledge base and grow your career....

January 23, 2022 · 1 min · Nigel Finley

Ep. 02: Gabe Levasseur on Continuous Excellence - Improve your Continuous Integration with Githaxs

Episode Description Today we discuss DevOps and more specifically Continuous Integration, Delivery, and Deployment, and how Gabe Levassuer’s new product, Githax aims to help. Gabe Levasseur is a passionate Software Engineer with a diverse background. He is a first generation college graduate who double majored in Computer and Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. He also has a Masters Degree in Finance and is currently working on a Masters in Computer Science at Georgia Tech....

January 9, 2022 · 1 min · Nigel Finley

Ep. 01: Websites for everyone - Accessibility tips and an unfiltered journey into tech with Deziree Teague

Episode Description Dezireé Teague is a software engineer who transitioned into tech from a career in bilingual education. She currently works at Committee for Children, a non-profit organization that strives to promote the safety, well-being, and success of children in school and in life. Dezireé is passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion in the tech space and is a strong advocate for web accessibility....

December 28, 2021 · 1 min · Nigel Finley