For a long time, tech culture has focused too narrowly on technical skills; this has resulted in a tech community that too often puts companies and code over people. Greater Than Code is a podcast that invites the voices of people who are not heard from enough in tech: women, people of color, trans and/or queer folks, to talk about the human side of software development and technology. Greater Than Code is providing a vital platform for these conversations, and developing new ideas of what it means to be a technologist beyond just the code.
Featuring an ongoing panel of racially and gender diverse tech panelists, the majority of podcast guests so far have been women in tech! We’ve covered topics including imposter syndrome, mental illness, sexuality, unconscious bias and social justice. We also have a major focus on skill sets that tech too often devalues, like team-building, hiring, community organizing, mentorship and empathy. Each episode also includes a transcript.
April 1st, 2020 | 52 mins 35 secs
Ruben Harris talks about Career Karma, the benefits of being underestimated, how the fire lit inside him, the origin of Career Karma and how they secured funding, the Career Karma team, and what’s on the horizon for Career Karma.
March 25th, 2020 | 1 hr 6 mins
Eric A. Meyer talks about developing for the long term, diving into the topics of the legacy capability of the web, ethical dimensions, stress cases, and the designated dissenter.
March 18th, 2020 | 41 mins 18 secs
The panelists discuss the importance of resilience; not only in the tech industry but in life itself. They apply resilience to leadership, discuss the difference between resilience and sustainability, relate it to leadership and diversity and inclusion, and discuss the price we pay for not prioritizing resilience.
March 11th, 2020 | 46 mins 19 secs
The panelists take over in a riveting discussion of the Ethical Open Source Movement. Coraline talks about her work in the movement, and the panelists also discuss the Open Source License, OSI, litigation thoughts, peaceful revolutions and reform, advantages of adopting the license, evolutions of open source, and the concept of community.
March 4th, 2020 | 1 hr 5 mins
Miko Matsumura talks about the limitations of human knowledge, including coming to your senses, understanding the limits of what you know, decision making as an embodied process, problems with the interview framework, and the idea of small mind/big mind.
February 26th, 2020 | 42 mins 55 secs
Chris DeMars talks about the importance of web accessibility: why it is so important, responsibility for creating an accessible web, getting your colleagues on board, where to start making changes, and accessibility for varying disabilities.
February 19th, 2020 | 1 hr 9 mins
February 12th, 2020 | 1 hr 1 min
The panelists discuss career transitions and share information about job searching, interviewing, and resilience.
February 5th, 2020 | 1 hr 1 min
Dr. Kortney Ziegler talks about the Appolition app: an app that helps users turn spare change into bail money for those in need across the USA. He also talks about his involvement with Trans*H4CK, and his future plans and endeavors for when he leaves tech.
January 29th, 2020 | 1 hr 1 min
Ted M. Young talks about coding on a live stream, research as a ‘drug,’ connecting the academic idea of expertise to everyday context, code reviews, recording yourself coding, live streaming as an introvert, the difference between training and live coding, applying research to the TDD teaching technique, and human learning.
January 22nd, 2020 | 1 hr 2 mins
Phil Wheeler talks about making the move from software engineer to into management, how he came into the GTC community, commonalities between the US and NZ, the life science software experience, determining if one should get into management, the parallels of management and parenting, working from home or the office, overcoming impostor syndrome, empathy for managers and employees, and his thoughts for the future.
January 15th, 2020 | 10 mins 18 secs
Please enjoy this mini-episode of Greater Than Code featuring guest Penelope Phippen as we begin to pivot to our new podcast theme, the Fast & Furious. *
( * Just kidding, we are still a tech podcast.)
But we do hope you enjoy this set of outtakes where we grill Penelope on her Fast & Furious knowledge and speculate about the future of the franchise.
January 15th, 2020 | 53 mins 54 secs
Penelope Phippen talks about the development of Rubyfmt, writing Ruby programming, why she is doing things the way she is, what problem she is trying to solve with this program, the hierarchy of nitpicking, opportunities for collaboration, challenges faced, what others will do with Rubyfmt, finding time and motivation to work on the program, why she hasn’t received any pushback, and the fate of regional Ruby conferences.
January 8th, 2020 | 1 hr 24 mins
Mireille Reece talks about epigenetics, our brains and empathy, the brain versus the mind, three brains in one, HPA Axis, overcoming unconscious impulses, affective prosody, balancing transparency at work, effort over outcome, using the word “while”, decoding your anger, neural routes, and correlation vs. causation.
January 1st, 2020 | 1 hr 4 mins
Kim Crayton talks about continuously validating her space as a black woman, how the system was built to harm and oppress black women, white feminism being bullsh*t, being a strategist, #causeascene, price asymmetry, her six-step process, strategies for developing other technical skills, and defining racism.
December 25th, 2019 | 1 hr 1 min
Denise Yu talks about the concept of "Glue Work", what she has done to improve the glue work situation, how to address changing the structure of glue work, offboarding yourself, release engineering, being a product manager, and being back in a development role.