Rein is a strange sort of software developer who spends more time thinking about systems made with people than systems made with computers. He believes that most technical problems are really people problems, and that people problems can be solved by listening, caring, and empowering others. Talking about himself in the third person makes him uncomfortable, but he is working on it. He also wrote a database in Haskell once, so he has that going for him, which is nice.
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.
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.
November 13th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
James Edward Gray II talks about why “Just Be Yourself” is terrible advice, being authentic in an interview, turning your interviewer into your advocate, intrinsic motivation, technical interviews, storytelling in the interview, and management techniques.
October 16th, 2019 | 49 mins 32 secs
Philip Wadler talks about Programming Language Foundations in Agda, using a proof assistant, specifications, and how to translate abstract concepts so practitioners can use them.
October 9th, 2019 | 1 hr 10 mins
Amir Rajan talks about having sensitivity to development pain, developer productivity, optimizing local maxima, and game development.
October 2nd, 2019 | 1 hr 5 mins
September 25th, 2019 | 1 hr 11 mins
Jesse James talks with the panelists about all things culture: culture fit, creating, building, and forcing culture, affecting culture, culture as a descriptor, culture as an ongoing process, and the fact that culture evolves so rapidly that it can be hard to keep up with.
August 28th, 2019 | 1 hr 3 mins
Brandy Foster talks about code of ethics, the role of diversity and inclusion in solving problems, balancing hierarchies and equity in organizations, and unlearning racism and other harmful behaviors.
August 14th, 2019 | 1 hr 8 mins
Keoni Mahelona talks about the importance of having respect for indiginous cultures, communities, and people. He talks about indigenous data sovereignty: creating a license to protect it, sharing data responsibly, and the importance of doing the right thing.
August 7th, 2019 | 1 hr 10 mins
Will Larson talks about systems thinking and theory. How do you know when to stop modeling? How do you figure out what your team’s rate of change is? How can we share ideas and contribute together as a community? The panel discusses.
July 31st, 2019 | 48 mins 16 secs
The panelists talk about blame: perspectives on blame, blamelessness, postmortems/incident reviews, the fact that systems are benign, survival rules, and gaining EQ and inward exploration.
July 24th, 2019 | 58 mins 12 secs
Amitai Schleier talks about talks about running mail servers, orientation in problem spaces, refactoring, and the concept of “bounded perfection”.