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.
We have an active Slack community that members can join by pledging as little as $1 per month via Patreon. Currently, we are listener-funded for two episodes per month.
For Prospective Sponsors:
Each show costs roughly $500 to produce. This includes, show management, audio editing, writing and publishing of show notes, writing and publishing of transcripts, guest outreach and scheduling, guest preparation, and community management. All told, each episode requires between 10-12 hours worth of work. If you are interested in sponsoring us for any amount, please reach out to Mandy via our contact form.
December 27th, 2017 | 43 mins 2 secs
Kent Beck talks about metaphors in software development, writing tests, complexity partitioning, and changing culture versus code.
December 20th, 2017 | 59 mins 1 sec
In this astronomic episode, we talk to Pamela Gay about coding out of necessity, why understanding and knowing everything isn’t necessarily a good thing, and being a citizen scientist.
December 13th, 2017 | 57 mins 59 secs
Tara Scherner de la Fuente joins us to talk about conflating patience with kindness, company culture, advice for early career developers, and remote working.
December 6th, 2017 | 52 mins 53 secs
Christina Morillo talks about automation processes: discovery and reconnaissance, multitasking and context switching, and being kind to your busy self.
November 22nd, 2017 | 52 mins 19 secs
Kronda Adair joins the panel to talk about why you should strive to systematize all the things within your business to reclaim your time, life, and to successfully allow others to help you.
November 15th, 2017 | 44 mins 6 secs
Keith Bennett talks about conflict resolution, radical helpfulness and kindness, and being okay with being different.
November 8th, 2017 | 57 mins 44 secs
Nadia Odunayo talks about the idea of "code hospitality": What you can do to be a good host, asking questions rather than passing judgement, and using READMEs to give context.
November 1st, 2017 | 51 mins 56 secs
We kick off our first Book Club episode with Thursday Bram and Audrey Eschright of The Responsible Communication Style Guide!
October 25th, 2017 | 58 mins 35 secs
Emily Dresner joins the show to talk about on why she felt getting a master's degree was worth it, her experiences working at a gaming company, and data science.
October 18th, 2017 | 48 mins 4 secs
Soo Choi talks about creating safer spaces at conferences and in workspaces, forgiving people without negatively labeling them, and having fierce conversations.
October 11th, 2017 | 1 hr 3 mins
Steve Klabnik talks open source governance, succession planning, and organizing groups of people in a non-authoritarian way.
October 4th, 2017 | 56 mins 5 secs
We are joined by 19-year-old entrepreneur Reyn Aubrey to talk about building technology for the greater good, his startup PocketChange, habitizing donation, analyzing and collecting charity data, and anarchist organizing principles.
September 27th, 2017 | 57 mins 2 secs
Marco Rogers joins the show to discuss engaging on social media, staying in your lane, and mixing social justice with your tech career.
September 20th, 2017 | 1 hr 6 mins
Declan Whelan joins us to talk about communicating across boundaries: cross-cultural communication dynamics, adopting practices across teams, and technical debt vs technical health.
September 13th, 2017 | 46 mins 13 secs
In this episode, Aria Stewart reflects on how specializing in one area of software development can lead to contemptuous behavior between people, teams, and company culture.
September 6th, 2017 | 46 mins 45 secs
This episode stars, Jeff Reichman, who talks about how the Houston tech community came together to help people through Hurricane Harvey and the aftermath, the technology opportunities in disaster response, the harvey-api that they developed, and how tech devs need to be side-by-side with relief efforts, while responding to tech needs right away.