Tech Done Right

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

74 episodes of Tech Done Right since the first episode, which aired on January 4th, 2017.

  • Episode 40: Diversity and Inclusion at Small Companies with Meara Charnetzki, Michael Donnelly, and Elena Valentine

    June 20th, 2018  |  38 mins 27 secs
    communication, d_and_i

    What can a small company do to improve its diversity and inclusion practices when your company just isn't changing personnel quickly enough to improve via hiring? Here to discuss this are Meara Charnetzki from Table XI, Michael Donnelly from the FWD Collective and Elena Valentine from Skill Scout. We'll talk all about company values, supporting a wider community, using internal feedback, and what to do to encourage improvement at your company.

  • Episode 39: Organizing Technical Conferences

    June 6th, 2018  |  49 mins 44 secs

    I've been attending technical conferences for years, and I've always wondered about the hidden challenges involved in putting a conference together. In this show, four of the best conference organizers I know join me to share their secrets and stories. Marty Haught, organizer of many conferences including RubyConf and RailsConf, Jen Remsik and Jim Remsik, who organize the Madison+ family of conferences, and Leah Silber, who organizes EmberConf and RustConf. Learn about budgets, picking talks, and managing facilities and vendors.

  • Episode 38: Diverse Agile Teams with Marlena Compton, Betsy Haibel, and Jennifer Tu

    May 23rd, 2018  |  47 mins 1 sec
    agile, communication, d_and_i

    How do common Agile practices like pair programming and retrospectives work when you have diverse teams? How can you make sure that underrepresented team members have their voices heard, and how does doing so improve the way that your team delivers software? Besty Haibel, Jennifer Tu, and Marlena Compton discuss ways in which Agile practices can better serve your team in the real world. For more discussion, be sure to check out PearConf.

  • Episode 37: Your First 100 Days Onboarding A New Employee With Shay Howe and John Gore

    May 9th, 2018  |  43 mins 43 secs
    communication, d_and_i, management

    Tech Done Right is looking at onboarding from both sides. In this episode we talk with Shay Howe and John Gore about onboarding from the company side. We talk about what a new company can do to set a new employee up to be successful and how best to structure that support. How can you best give feedback? What are common onboarding mistakes?

  • Episode 36: Your First 100 Days at a New Company with Katie Gore and Elizabeth Trepkowski Hodos

    May 9th, 2018  |  42 mins 22 secs
    career, communication

    Tech Done Right is looking at onboarding from both sides. In this episode we talk with Katie Gore and Elizabeth Trepkowski Hodos about onboarding from the employee side. What can you do as a new employee to navigate the culture and environment of a new workplace? What are useful strategies? And what are some problems to watch out for?

  • Episode 35: AI and the Future of Design and Development with Zach Pousman

    April 25th, 2018  |  46 mins 19 secs
    ai, developer, law

    What does AI mean for the future of design, development? Can I be replaced by an AI algorithm? Today, we talk to Zach Pousman, from the consultancy Helpfully. Zach thinks a lot about artificial intelligence and how it might impact the future of different knowledge work. It's impossible to talk about AI without talking about the ethics of AI projects and how AI might affect the larger society. We'll talk about why AI started with chess and moved to facial recognition, what AI might and might not be able to do in the future, how we might deal with it, and how that will change the way you work.

  • Episode 34: Programming Languages and Communication With Kerri Miller

    April 11th, 2018  |  47 mins 4 secs
    communication, developer, language

    Why is Smalltalk the Elizabethan English of programming languages? Why has it been so influential, and how does the programming language you use affect the way you think about programming. On this episode, Kerri Miller and I talk about programming languages and communication, and what we've learned from our most recent programming language adventures.

  • Episode 33: Back in the Testing Weeds with Sam Phippen and Justin Searls

    March 28th, 2018  |  41 mins 27 secs
    developer, testing

    I'm back in the testing weeds with Sam Phippen, lead maintainer for RSpec-Rails, and Justin Searls, co-founder of Test Double and author of testdouble.js. We talk about long-running test suites: are they bad, or just misunderstood? Does parallel CI solve all testing speed problems, or just some of them? Then we move to a wider view, what does it mean to test your library as part of a larger ecosystem. And, how can we leverage coverage or CI information to make for more useful testing tools over the lifetime of a project.

  • Episode 32: React Native with Gant Laborde, Ed LaFoy, and Brent Vatne

    March 14th, 2018  |  43 mins 58 secs
    developer, mobile

    After many attempts at cross-platform mobile application tools, React Native seems to be the real deal, easy to use, powerful tools, and native look and feel. On this show, Ed LaFoy, Table XI's Director of Mobile Development, is joined by two longtime members of the React Native community: Gant Laborde of Infinite Red and Brent Vatne of Expo. We talk about why React Native succeeds, and how to be successful using it, and also give some resources for people who want to get started.

  • Episode 31: Building New Products With Neil Patel

    February 28th, 2018  |  25 mins 40 secs

    How can you take an idea, find a development team to realize your vision, and then improve it? And once the vision is realized, how do you get people to find the product? Serial entrepreneur and digital marketing expert Neil Patel joins Tech Done Right to talk about his process for repeatably going from idea to product.

  • Episode 30: Designing Applications for Health Care with Kyoko Crawford and Mark Yoon

    February 14th, 2018  |  44 mins 43 secs
    design, developer, health, mobile

    How do you design for both doctors and patients, two very different audiences that need the same data? If you are designing health care technology, how do you build the trust that lets users know it's okay to share sensitive medical data, such as full-body skin images? Kyoko Crawford, CEO of SkinIO, joins Mark Yoon of Table XI on the show to talk about the challenges of health care technology, and how empathy is always important in the end.

  • Episode 29: Developers from the Perspective of Product Owners

    January 31st, 2018  |  39 mins 59 secs
    communication, developer

    Have you ever wondered what it's like to work with a software team? Perhaps you are a developer wondering what you seem like from the outside? Or maybe you are starting to work with a software team and you want to know what to expect? Cat de Merode and Matt McNamara join the show to talk about their experiences as product owners interacting with developer teams. We'll talk about what developers can do to build trust, how to work with product owners on estimates and to talk about technical topics. And they'll say what the most important things developers should know about working with their product owners.

  • Episode 28: Open Source and Companies with Nell Shamrell-Harrington

    January 16th, 2018  |  39 mins 32 secs
    developer, open source

    What's it like to run an Open Source project as part of your day job? How does open source change when it's backed by a company? Why is it useful for a company to run open source projects? Nell Shamrell-Harrington, who runs the Habitat project for Chef is on the show to talk about open source contributing and maintenance. You'll come away with some ways to be a better contributor and maintainer.

  • Episode 27: Marketing and Building an Audience with Suzan Bond

    January 3rd, 2018  |  40 mins 51 secs
    career, marketing

    Are you a developer that wants to create your own content and build an audience? Suzan Bond joins the show to talk about how to bet on yourself. We talk about how to be comfortable marketing, how to present yourself as a credible source for developer-focused content, and how to build and maintain an audience. It's the kind of advice you'd normally have to pay a coach for, offered for free because that's how we build our audience here at Tech Done Right.

  • Episode 26: Podcasting and Audio Stories with Dr. Ed Livingston

    December 13th, 2017  |  46 mins 49 secs
    health, podcasting

    How can your company use podcasting to make their content available and relevant for a whole new audience? Dr. Ed Livingston joins the show to discuss how the Journal of the American Medical Association is using podcasting to connect with their audience. We talk about how to get started in podcasting, and about Dr. Livingston's journey from surgeon to the Voice of JAMA. Even if you don't know a scalpel from a microphone, this episode will show you where to start your own podcast stories.

  • Episode 25: The Social Responsibility of Coding with Liz Abinante

    November 29th, 2017  |  41 mins 21 secs
    d_and_i, developer, ethics

    What responsibility do developers have for the consequences of their code? Liz Abinante joins the show to talk about overlooked consequences, big and small, and what you can do if you find your self being asked to do something you think is unethical. Along the way, we talk about user data, the cloud, making career choices you are comfortable with, and why you should always go to Canadian college engineering conferences when asked.