Greater Than Code

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

165 episodes of Greater Than Code since the first episode, which aired on September 28th, 2016.

  • 130: Acceptance is the First Step with Britni Alexander

    May 15th, 2019  |  52 mins 52 secs

    In the first half of the show, Britni Alexander talks about resilience: seeing failure as an opportunity, not wallowing in failure, and the ultimate acceptance of failure.

    Then she shares a bunch of lies that developers tell themselves and others including: who is or isn’t a programmer, what it’s actually like to be a programmer, how to measure success as a programmer, and more.

  • 129: Bringing The Fun with Lori Olson

    May 8th, 2019  |  57 mins 26 secs

    Lori Olson talks about bringing the fun to the jobs we do ourselves, as well as cultural differences between programming language communities, thoughts on platformification, mentoring novices and beginners, and creating gaming tutorials to get people (and kids especially) excited about programming.

  • 128: Finding and Cultivating Community Leaders with Ben Pollard

    May 1st, 2019  |  58 mins 40 secs

    In this episode, Ben Pollard talks about starting Local Welcome, a charity in the UK that makes it fun and easy to cook and eat with refugees in folks' local community. Humanization, cognitive biases, and heuristics are discussed, as well as the ideas of humans thriving together and measuring success.

  • 127: Hope and Suffering with Amy Newell

    April 24th, 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins

    Amy Newell talks about suffering and sustaining hope and faith in the face of what feels like no hope and no faith, living a valuable life vs a happy life, bringing your “whole self” into the workplace, changing culture in organizations, and bipolar disorder.

  • 126: Asking Powerful Questions with Suzan Bond

    April 17th, 2019  |  52 mins 45 secs

    Suzan Bond, Coraline, and John discuss blending technology with coaching and humans, managing and working on distributed teams, autonomy, listening to yourself and your intuition, and developing solid leadership skills.

  • 125: Everything is Communication with Sam Aaron

    April 10th, 2019  |  1 hr 8 mins

    Sam Aaron chats with the panel about creating Sonic Pi, the importance of patience and delayed gratification, logging, and fixed tempo, clocks, and time.

  • 124: Navigating Neurodiversity with Helen Needham

    April 3rd, 2019  |  52 mins 28 secs

    Helen Needham, an autistic person and an advocate of promoting the value of neurodivergent thinking, talks about decoding people, the intersection of empathy and neurodiversity, being deliberate as a survival skill, and paying attention to EQ: emotional intelligence.

  • 123: BOOK CLUB! Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    March 27th, 2019  |  1 hr 43 secs

    This show is a group discussion about the insights inside Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Persig. The panelists consider how the book can help us to understand the culture war that is going on in the world right now and what we can do as individuals, communities, companies, and as an industry of software engineers, to build bridges that can help bring humans back together again at all scales.

  • 122: Surfing with Michael "GeePaw" Hill

    March 20th, 2019  |  1 hr 5 mins

    Michael “GeePaw” Hill talks about autopoiesis (say what??), the cost of certainty, doubt vs narrowing, thin and thick culture, and occupational game playing.

  • 121: Emergency Communication with Thai Wood

    March 13th, 2019  |  54 mins 30 secs

    Thai Wood is a developer turned EMT turned developer again. He talks about resilience engineering and closed-loop communication, his experience as an EMT and the lessons he’s brought from there to his work as a developer, incident response, the normalization of deviation, and asking questions to get helpful answers.

  • 120: Expect The Unexpected with Andy Hunt

    March 6th, 2019  |  1 hr 7 mins

    Andy Hunt talks about iterative development and continuous learning and how we should become comfortable with uncertainty. He also talks about his personal mantra of feedback, context, and learning, as well as adaptability and making groups more effective. Andy also talks about his personal software development journey and his dalliances in writing science fiction.

  • 119: Cultural Brokerage with Bianca Escalante

    February 27th, 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins

    In this episode, Bianca Escalante joins the show to talk about code switching, normalizing conversations, speaking about race openly, and the concept of distance traveled. Reconciling failure, repressing feelings, and the importance of human connection are also among topics discussed, as well as a conversation around who is ultimately responsible for diversity and inclusion work.

  • 118: A Piece of Luck with Jessica Kerr

    February 20th, 2019  |  1 hr 5 mins

    Panelist, Jessica Kerr, talks about her superpower being a property of a situation. She also ponders the interpretation of luck, physics, conference speaking, TDD, and continuous learning.

  • 117: Wholeness and Separation

    February 13th, 2019  |  42 mins 4 secs

    What does it take to create safe conversations in our organizations, and in our global world? What does “safe” even mean? In this episode, the panelists get into a philosophical discussion about the dynamics of human relationships, differences in paradigm, and how to improve our ability to see one another.

  • 116: Healing Organizational Trauma with Matt Stratton

    February 7th, 2019  |  42 mins 4 secs

    In this episode, Matt Stratton discusses incident response communication, leading by example, the way we should be handling postmortems, and telling the hero’s story vs the story of the people.

  • 115: Tension Between Opposites with Sam Joseph

    January 30th, 2019  |  59 mins 42 secs

    In this episode, Sam Joseph talks about making spaces to have safe and nonviolent conversations, collaborative communication and learning, delivering working solutions that meet end-user needs, and the value of doing things the way you’re used to vs a ...