Amongst John’s weaponry are public speaking, doing the rails thing, and talking about feelings in public. His technology talks aren’t about technology and sometimes he has time to meditate. He remembers the sound of dialup.
Soon, John will no longer write much code, having intentionally (yes, intentionally) moved into management. He seems to think that making people better is more satisfying than making computers better. With that in mind he’s also spent a lot of time mentoring bootcamp developers and supervising workshops focused on deep emotional work.
He spends days at Privia Health, nights as co-founder and CTO of Data Simply and all the rest of it at johnksawers.com and emotionalAPI.com.
July 1st, 2020 | 1 hr 10 mins
Dr. Deborah Berebichez talks about teaching science to kids in fun ways, data literacy, why getting negative results in science is important, the fact that human performance is contextual, and her path to becoming a scientist and ultimately a TV-show host on The Discovery Channel.
June 24th, 2020 | 59 mins 32 secs
Damien Burke talks about life being hard: How do we make things easy? Also: treating expertise as transferable to different fields, loving yourself unconditionally, his background in theater and applying it to tech, and "ontological coaching."
June 10th, 2020 | 1 hr 5 mins
In this episode, Emily Gorcenski talks about hunting Nazis and how doing so involves data science. She also talks about failure and learning and being willing to be wrong, the need for systematic restructuring in America, and nuance, power, and authority.
May 13th, 2020 | 50 mins 1 sec
In this episode, Ellen Wondra talks about labor organization. She explains what shareholder and stakeholder economies are, and talks a lot about how things are done in Germany. The panelists speculate about why tech workers aren’t organizing more, and how we could potentially help ourselves and our coworkers if we did.
May 6th, 2020 | 56 mins 7 secs
In this episode, Aaron Aldrich joins the show to talk about how everything has a technical aspect, connecting high-performing resilient teams, how a virtual tech conference has actually worked in the wake of COVID-19, and a concept called normalcy theater: maintaining a sense that everything is okay when it’s clearly not.
April 9th, 2020 | 53 mins 7 secs
In this special episode of Greater Than Code, several of our panelists have a candid conversation about the current COVID-19 situation, how it has been affecting them personally, and how they believe it will affect the tech industry as a whole. Discussion topics include how it feels both to be working and unemployed during the pandemic, productivity while quarantined, the effect on WFH and conference culture, the current political climate, and human resiliency in the face of the unknown.
April 8th, 2020 | 55 mins 5 secs
In this episode, Chris Stead joins the show to talk about source documents and their relation to people, encouraging others to write code for people, interviewing for the benefit of the interviewee, and the fact that code stores emotion.
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.
February 12th, 2020 | 1 hr 1 min
The panelists discuss career transitions and share information about job searching, interviewing, and resilience.
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.
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.
December 10th, 2019 | 12 mins 10 secs
On this day in Paris in 1948, the United Nations issued the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that sets out the fundamental rights and privileges of all people and all nations. In honor of the anniversary of this document, the panelists of Greater Than Code have come together to share their reading of the document with all of you.
December 4th, 2019 | 59 mins 3 secs
Lauren Maffeo talks about bias in AI, how the media affects people’s perception of AI, concerns of small to midsize businesses pertaining to AI, how to mitigate bias in AI, ethics in AI, fairness vs. accuracy in algorithms, preventing bias in AI, working remotely, and diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
November 27th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
Ariel Caplan talks about extreme irritability, accessibility needs, rabbinical school, and developing company values.