15 episodes of Tech Done Right since the first episode, which aired on January 4, 2017.
Episode 13: Livable Code With Sarah Mei
June 14th, 2017 | 41 mins 38 secs
Is your code the kind of cluttered house you might find on a reality TV show? Or the kind of sleek, minimalist house you might find in a architectural magazine? Neither one sounds like a place you could comfortably live. Sarah Mei joins the podcast to talk about Livable Code, what makes a codebase livable, how to negotiate tension between junior and senior developers and how Rails deals with developer happiness.
Episode 12: Managing For Career Development with Claire Lew and Dan Hodos
May 31st, 2017 | 36 mins 43 secs
How can you get honest feedback from co-workers, even when you are their manager? How can you support your team's career growth and support them as they improve their skills? Claire Lew, the CEO of Know your Company, and Dan Hodos, Table XI's Director of Operations, join Noel to discuss why listening is the most important thing you can do when getting feedback, how specific questions can break the "fine" reflex, how sticky notes can help with career growth, and the one thing you should never do in a one-on-one meeting.
Episode 11: Avoiding Legacy Code with Michael Feathers
May 17th, 2017 | 41 mins
What makes a code base go bad and become "Legacy Code"? Can teams avoid writing bad code? Michael Feathers, author of Working Effectively With Legacy Code joins Tech Done Right to talk about technical debt, how communication can prevent bad coding practices, why coding problems are never just about code, and what it's like to go around the world seeing the worst code messes ever written.
Episode 10: Design Sprints with Kai Haley and Zeke Binion
May 10th, 2017 | 44 mins 43 secs
Do you have a product that needs improvement, or a process to define? Is your team looking for a way to generate and test new ideas quickly? The Design Sprint process, created at Google, is a structured way to explore a problem, create a solution, and get user feedback, all in five days or less. Join Kai Haley (@kaihaley), who teaches sprint facilitation at Google, and Zeke Binion (@ebinion), who has run many sprints, as they show Noel Rappin (@noelrap) how to use Design Sprints.
Episode 9: Conference Speaking and Diverse Perspectives with Carina C. Zona and Mark Yoon
April 26th, 2017 | 46 mins 40 secs
Want to start speaking at conferences? We go over how to get your first conference acceptance, then how to become a better speaker over time. For conference organizers, we also discuss how to find the best speakers from a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences. Carina C. Zona (@cczona) and Mark Yoon (@wimyoon) join Noel Rappin (@noelrap) on this episode of Tech Done Right.
Episode 8: Open-Source Community Management and Safety With Coraline Ada Ehmke and Yana Carstens
April 12th, 2017 | 40 mins 53 secs
How can you manage a social media site to maximize community and make all contributors feel safe? Coraline Ada Ehmke (@CoralineAda), from GitHub's Community and Safety Team, and Yana Carstens (@YanaCarstens), a Senior UX designer with Table XI, join Noel on this episode of Tech Done Right. We discuss tools for allowing users more control over their social media environment and community, and how to use personas in design as a way to understand user's goals and guide them toward positive community actions.
Episode 7-rails-with-eileen: Software, Open Source, and Rails With Eileen Uchitelle and Andrew Horner
March 29th, 2017 | 42 mins 13 secs
How does the Rails core team work? How are new features planned and implemented? How can I contribute? What should I do if I find a security issue in Rails? Our guest is the newest Rails core team member Eileen Uchitelle (@eileencodes) joins Table Xi senior developer Andrew Horner and host Noel Rappin (@noelrap) to discuss Rails, the new testing features in Rails 5.1, and the Rails Core Team.
Episode 006-healthcare-dot-gov: Using Software to Create Better Countries: Recovering Healthcare.gov with Andy Slavitt
March 15th, 2017 | 38 mins 16 secs
How can we use software to build better countries? Our guest, Andy Slavitt (@aslavitt), helps us answer by telling us what he learned leading the recovery effort on Healthcare.gov in 2013 and 2014. Andy will talk about the 6,000 defect backlog he inherited when he took over the system, how it got worse before it got better and why it took a culture shift to really improve things. Even if you can't call the White House to berate underperforming contractors, you'll be able to learn how to run a rescue project under monumental pressure.
March 8th, 2017
42 mins 52 secs
Episode 004: In The Testing Weeds With Sam Phippen and Justin Searls
February 22nd, 2017
49 mins 16 secs
rails, ruby, testing
Sam Phippen, Justin Searls, and Noel Rappin spend this episode talking about the value of test-driven development (TDD) as well as its cost. They discuss the kinds of problems that developers are likely to have after they learn TDD and attempt to apply it to a large application. Learn why Rails is both great and terrible for automated testing, and how testing can influence the structure of your code.