Greater Than Code

The Human Side of Technology

About the show

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.

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  • 083: Programming As An Identity with Tim Chevalier

    June 6th, 2018  |  1 hr 1 min

    Tim Chevalier talks about the collision of values within the programming industry and the meaning and measurement of intelligence, using programming to satisfy emotional needs and form identity, and merit and identity as a zero-sum game.

  • 082: Effective Change in Communities and Cultures with Aurynn Shaw

    May 30th, 2018  |  58 mins 9 secs

    Aurynn Shaw joins the show to talk about contempt culture, as well as why technology is political, and the cultural impact of DevOps.

  • 081: Your Emotional API with John K. Sawers

    May 23rd, 2018  |  53 mins 41 secs

    Our newest panelist, John K. Sawers, talks about his Emotional API project, and why it’s important for developers to be in touch with and process feelings.

  • 080: Crafting A Community with Kris Howard

    May 16th, 2018  |  1 hr 6 mins

    In this episode, Kris Howard talks about the similarities (and differences) between software and knitting communities. She also dives into her tweet about gender differences in “crafting” and why using the terms “craftsman” and “guys” to include all genders makes women uncomfortable.

  • 079: Respect As Currency with Richard Schneeman

    May 9th, 2018  |  1 hr 11 mins

    In this episode, Richard Schneeman talks about the skill and art of troubleshooting bugs, interviewing and evaluating job candidates, empathy in open source, and bringing open source values into company culture.

  • 078: Caring About Healthcare with Kenzi Connor and Laurie Voss

    May 2nd, 2018  |  55 mins 37 secs

    In this episode, Kenzi Connor and Laurie Voss talk about trans-inclusive healthcare.

  • 077: Creating Space to Shine with Anjuan Simmons

    April 25th, 2018  |  59 mins 11 secs

    In this episode, Anjuan Simmons talks about empowering others, creating space to allow people to be the best versions of themselves, and building authentic and constructive relationships.

  • Special Edition: Code Is Social! LIVE from RailsConf 2018

    April 23rd, 2018  |  54 mins 19 secs

    In this special episode of Greater Than Code, the panelists and guest panelists talk to an audience live from RailsConf 2018 about our relationship with our code, and the ways we have emotional ties with what we do, but also how there’s more to it than that.

  • 076: Changing Lanes

    April 18th, 2018  |  55 mins 16 secs

    This panelist-only episode touches on the topics of privilege and having tough conversations when not feeling it’s your place to have those conversations.

  • 075: Code and Witchcraft with Coraline Ada Ehmke

    April 11th, 2018  |  57 mins 16 secs

    Coraline Ada Ehmke talks about being a “Code Witch” and perceiving the construct of reality, as well as being deliberate, refactoring your life, and the ideas of impressions and personas.

  • 074: Be Your Own Hero with Astrid Countee

    April 4th, 2018  |  1 hr 6 mins

    Astrid Countee talks about her field: social science and how it relates to technology, ethics, and design. Working in numbers-based environments is also discussed, along with the power of influence and control, and social media.

  • 073: Driven By Need, Guided By Example with Dan North

    March 28th, 2018  |  1 hr 11 mins

    In this episode, Dan North talks about improvement vs optimization, cost accounting, team alignment and camaraderie, and behavior-driven development.

  • 072: Story Time with Kerri Miller

    March 21st, 2018  |  1 hr 14 mins

    In this episode, Kerri Miller talks about community gatekeeping and contempt culture, the contextual framing of storytelling, what it means when you tell stories over and over again, and crafting the elements of a good story.

  • 071: Brein Power with Rein Henrichs

    March 14th, 2018  |  55 mins 11 secs

    In this episode, panelist Rein Henrichs talks about recovering from failure, the difference between hierarchical and growth-oriented organizations, and making choices that are right for ourselves.

  • 070: Trusting The Universe with Kale Kaposhilin

    March 7th, 2018  |  54 mins 57 secs

    In this episode, Kale Kaposhilin talks about letting yourself trust fall into the universe and be vulnerable, while facilitating the voices of other people.

  • 069: Identity Is An Arrow with Avdi Grimm

    February 28th, 2018  |  1 hr 2 mins

    In this episode, Avdi Grimm talks about the pursuit of living a fixed life, achieving stasis, and becoming a visible person in tech while encouraging and inspiring others.