Casey Watts! likes system optimizing, technology, singing, dancing, blowing bubbles, enthusiasm, clear communication, and hugs. He loves helping people collaborate together more effectively (people systems~). Casey is also the author of Debugging Your Brain.
January 19th, 2022 | 1 hr 2 mins
Greater Than Code Panelists, Chelsea Troy, Mae Beale, and Casey Watts talk marketing, setting prices, and explaining their value and offerings for their personal consulting businesses while also sustaining connection to the well of “geek joy,” as GeePaw Hill mentioned in a recent Twitter thread. They talk about how it’s difficult to take on multiple roles when in management and agree that to lower burnout rates, there should be separate roles for separate people within companies.
December 15th, 2021 | 46 mins 51 secs
Kat Sweet talks about security education, awareness, behavior, and culture. She’s got terrible puns, so this is a super fun show!
We talk about unconscious bias training that works, attempting to make safe things easy, and even dietary accessibility.
December 8th, 2021 | 1 hr 19 mins
Evan Light vulnerably gets deep into conversations around ADHD, faith, science, and truth, and explores areas of disagreement with the panelists. Psychological safety is discussed, as well as unconscious bias, neuroscience, and mindfulness.
December 1st, 2021 | 1 hr 14 mins
Dave Bock talks about being invigorated and revitalized by talking, teaching, and volunteering in computer science education. He talks about his preference to use Ruby as a teaching language, pros and cons of teaching remotely, and handling time management and energy to do the work.
November 10th, 2021 | 1 hr 16 mins
Michael Keady, The Nerd Therapist, runs nerdy programs like Roll for Growth, which uses role playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons as a form of group therapy and Minecraft for individual therapy.
In this episode, he talks about gaming in engaging in talk therapy with both adults and children, and how to consume media by curating, engaging in, and explaining it responsibly.
October 20th, 2021 | 1 hr 19 mins
Anne Griffin joins the show to talk about making people feel they matter on teams by changing company culture, sharing concerns with upper management, and often, having difficult conversations. How do we help people who want to learn to be better people learn to be better people? How do we feel about having designated “work therapists”? How should teams share job responsibilities clearly and fairly?
September 15th, 2021 | 49 mins 30 secs
Adrian Gillem introduces us to Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and what they do, what their goals are, and how they operate. He gives an example of how his employer, Booz Allen Hamilton, has successfully implemented new policies surrounding transgender healthcare, and talks about how ERGs are only as strong as the management supporting them.
September 1st, 2021 | 1 hr 12 mins
Andrew Dunkman talks about setting boundaries both as an employee and a leader. He talks about ways to perform health checks on teams, keeping members happy to avoid things like burnout, and how psychological safety is of the utmost importance in a workplace.
August 25th, 2021 | 54 mins 23 secs
Sy Brand talks about their gift of making complex topics digestible in teaching others to learn how to code through short (and cute!) Twitter and YouTube videos. They talk about how important it is to find something that motivates you when you’re first learning anything, and shares a little bit about their own content creation strategies, especially by seeing code as art.
August 4th, 2021 | 56 mins 22 secs
Brianna McGowen talks about making peace without giving up, practicing acceptance vs. resignation, the concepts of community-owned AI, and that trustless = antihuman.
She also chats about her involvement with Delicious Democracy and gives us her definition of “Equitism.”
July 28th, 2021 | 57 mins 53 secs
Jennifer Strickland talks about equitable and inclusive design, being aware of your biases and prejudices, how ego plays a part in these things, and empathy and accessibility for all.
July 7th, 2021 | 1 hr 2 mins
Adam Ross Nelson talks about becoming a Data Scientist, recommendations for aspiring Data Scientists, four tips for creating and maintaining a solid portfolio, and three immunity boosts in dealing with Impostor Syndrome.
June 9th, 2021 | 56 mins 36 secs
Mae Beale talks extensively about mutual aid and its goal of providing solidarity; not charity, somatics and the effects of yoga, meditation, and self-awareness, giving vs accepting help, and not only extending love, empathy, and forgiveness to others, but also to most importantly yourself.
June 2nd, 2021 | 55 mins 10 secs
Andrea Goulet, who is known for her work defining Empathy-Driven Development, talks about distilling complexity, being “technical” vs “non-technical”, and how empathy is critical in thinking about reforming hiring practices and giving performance reviews where continuous improvement is the goal.
May 5th, 2021 | 47 mins 24 secs
Jess Szmajda talks about the importance of using inclusive language, active listening, and metacognition: asking ourselves, “What are we not thinking about?” when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
April 7th, 2021 | 53 mins 30 secs
Melissa McEwen talks about how she helped unionize Glitch, common misconceptions when it comes to the idea of unions, Melissa’s previous experience with working with unions, positive skills union organizers should have, evaluating human performance, and tips for those who are interested in how to go about organizing such an endeavor.