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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. (https://www.patreon.com/greaterthancode)

Greater Than Code Mandy Moore

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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. (https://www.patreon.com/greaterthancode)

    210: Getting Sh*t Done with Harini Gokul

    210: Getting Sh*t Done with Harini Gokul

    01:30 - Harini’s Superpower: Getting Sh*t Done


    04:19 - Putting Technology to Use For Those Who Need it the Most



    Co-Creation and Co-Shaping
    Public & Private Partnerships
    Breaking Barriers to Entry


    14:04 - Crisis Management and Rethinking Blueprints



    Life After COVID / Reframing Crisis As Opportunity
    Creating Space / Amplifying Others
    Leadership Perspective


    39:45 - Duality: Humans As Interconnected Systems



    Solidarity and Humanity
    Facade Breaking
    Rationality
    Empathetic Leadership


    48:16 - What do we do now (to get sh*t done)?



    Storytelling
    D&I (Diversity & Inclusion)
    Futureproofing Education and Skilling


    Reflections:


    Amy: If we end up back where we were pre-pandemic, shame on us.


    Rein: To make changes effectively, we need to go to the people we’re trying to help and figure out from their perspective what they need.


    HindSight 28 on Change


    Arty: Getting shit done on the huge, grand, level of looking at the crisis we’re currently in and how to move forward to build the future we want as humans.


    Harini: The sense of urgency of highlighting the problem and how we need to come together to co-create systemic, sustainable solutions that set in place new fundamentals and new structures for the world that lies ahead.


    This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep of DevReps, LLC. To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode


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    Special Guest: Harini Gokul.
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    209: Self-Identity and Parenting in Tech with Mia Mollie De Búrca

    209: Self-Identity and Parenting in Tech with Mia Mollie De Búrca

    01:25 - Mia’s Superpower: Adaptability



    Applicable Skills to Basic Computer Programming


    Parsing Information
    Research



    05:31 - Linguistics and Cultural Anthropology



    Linguistic Relativism (Sapir–Whorf Hypothesis)


    08:36 - Parenting While Having a Career in Tech


    09:42 - Objectivity and Truth in Software Development


    11:04 - Tech Parenthood (Cont’d)



    Maternity Leave and Returning to Work


    Part-Time Flexibility
    “Keep-in-Touch Days”

    Returning to Work as an Individual Experience
    Discrimination & Stigma
    Multitasking Expectations For All
    Geographic Differences
    Company Culture


    24:21 - Tenure in Tech, Job-Hopping, and Juggling Parenthood



    Parenting in View During the New COVID/Remote Work Era



    “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." – Elizabeth Stone: teacher and author




    Psychological Safety and Privilege
    Living and Operating in Fear
    Code-Switching
    Visibility of Parents


    44:05 - Self-Identity in the Tech Industry



    The Handbook of Return to Work


    55:36 - Diversity Hiring


    Reflections:


    Mia: Psychological safety and privilege.


    John: “Just because I’m psychologically safe doesn’t mean everybody else is.”


    Laurie: The dichotomy of Mia and Christina’s experiences of being parents in tech.


    Christina: It is possible to remain optimistic that Moms in the United States will get better.


    Rein: Comfort and guilt in diversity hiring.


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    Special Guest: Mia Mollie De Búrca.
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    208: Who Tells Your Story? with Janeen Uzzell

    208: Who Tells Your Story? with Janeen Uzzell

    01:42 - Janeen’s Superpower: Storytelling



    The Importance of Who Tells Your Story
    Accountability
    Generalizations Are Harmful
    Responsibility


    07:56 - The Wikimedia Foundation



    Trust and Safety Team
    Thriving Movement


    11:04 - Empowering Communities To Tell Their Stories



    Citations
    Edit-a-thons


    19:53 - Creating a Wikipedia Page


    22:07 - Approaching and Engaging Youth


    27:10 - Staying Connected As An Organization



    Cultivating Great Leadership
    Mentorship/Sponsorship


    Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem by Paula Williams Madison
    Paula’s Instagram
    Dr. Imani's Instagram (Paula's Daughter)



    34:56 - Remote Working and Fostering/Maintaining Community


    39:11 - Encouraging and Influencing Participation


    47:31 - Janeen’s Move From Working at General Electric (GE) to The Wikimedia Foundation


    Reflections:


    Chanté: Making differences one edit at a time.


    Jamey: The importance of mentorship as something that is empowering.


    Rein: When a small system interacts with a larger system, it’s hard to change the larger system without being changed yourself.


    Jessica: Greater Than Code as an open conversation.


    This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep of DevReps, LLC. To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode


    To make a one-time donation so that we can continue to bring you more content and transcripts like this, please do so at paypal.me/devreps. You will also get an invitation to our Slack community this way as well.
    Special Guest: Janeen Uzzell.
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    207: Investigation and Influence with Chelsea Troy

    207: Investigation and Influence with Chelsea Troy

    03:36 - Chelsea’s Superpower: Software Detective Work



    Grant-funded Organizations
    Context Loss
    Forensic Software Analysis
    Software (Initially) Never Works ‼️


    08:27 - Coding in Investigation Mode



    Lucifer (TV Series)
    Setting Up a Debugging Environment (Includes a Velociraptor Example!)


    15:05 - Chelsea’s Techtivism Blog Series: Engineers Considering the Actions and Impact of Their Work Systematically



    Techtivism 1: Eyes on the Mountain
    Techtivism 2: The Four Levers
    Techtivism 3: Biding Time, Boycotts, and Beyond


    20:20 - The Power of Influence (See Techtivism 2)



    Patronage: buying from or donating to an organization
    Patronage Advocacy: convincing others to buy from/donate to an organization
    Talent: devoting time and energy to an organization
    Talent Advocacy: convincing others to devote their time and energy to an organization


    26:57 - Making a Connection Between Values and Your Work as an Engineer



    Privilege
    The Status Quo
    Incumbency


    37:08 - Individual vs Collective Action



    ”A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.”




    Confrontation
    Avoidance


    Reflections:


    Amy: The ways people can be both confrontational and avoidant at the same time.


    Damien: How what we do impacts larger systems and how we can move entire societies.


    Chelsea: The degree to which our fallibility creates the positions we get to occupy and what that means about the grace that we need to have about the fallibility of other people.


    Jessica: Chelsea is awesome!


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    Special Guest: Chelsea Troy.
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    206: Conscious Teaching and Learning with Brian Hogan

    206: Conscious Teaching and Learning with Brian Hogan

    02:11 - Brian’s Superpower: Being Able to Teach People Stuff



    Guiding Learners Towards Outcomes and Success
    Connecting with Students on a Deeper Level
    Active Learning


    13:15 - Building Relationships



    Adults vs Kids
    Tapping Into Individual Motivation


    18:34 - Learning Useful, Real-World Material



    Exercises For Programmers
    Systems Thinking Speech by Dr. Russell Ackoff
    Working Backwards: Identify Outcomes/Goals => Write/Build Content/Material
    Docs Are (can be) Wrong!


    31:39 - Constructive and Interactive Learning



    Learning Happens Through Feedback and Practice
    The Shannon Communication Model
    Experiencing Joint Activity


    37:12 - Conversation Theory


    43:27 - Teaching Vs Mentoring



    Mentoring is a Deeper/Closer Relationship
    Being Open to and Honoring Feedback
    Teaching and Learning Are Activities, Not Roles


    Reflections:


    Jacob: There isn’t enough content that is in the category of, “Here’s a problem for you, go solve it,” to learn.


    Jamey: Identifying things (i.e. hobbies) that get other people excited and motivated to learn.


    Rein: Often the best way to learn something is to teach it, and often the best thing for a teacher to do is get out of the way and find ways to support the learners.


    Brian: The need for more complex problems to learn things.


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    Special Guest: Brian Hogan.
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    Instructors include industry leaders such as Scott Wlaschin, Kacper Gunia, Marijn Huizendveld, Jessica Kerr, Kent Beck, Alberto Brandolini, and Paul Rayner.

    Why should you attend? No travel! No flight delays, passport control, or security checks. Worried about losing your luggage? Forget about it!

    Challenge your thinking in an open, sharing, and collaborative environment while accessing the workshops from the comfort of your own home or office. Take breaks as needed. These are strange times we are living in.

    Use the time you would be traveling to report to colleagues on the key lessons and takeaways. Help them to expand the skills you’ve learned from these innovative, remote sessions, and then incorporate them into your organization.

    Talk to your boss and tell them how you would benefit from attending online workshops from Explore DDD. Relay the cost savings you will benefit from by not traveling this year. Visit http://exploreddd.com/workshops/ and register today. Use the Code EDDDGTC to get 10% off the price of any of the workshop tickets! Promo Code: EDDDGTCHoneybadger: Let's face it, your code is going to have errors, even code written by a kick-ass developer such as yourself. When bad things happen, it's nice to know that Honeybadger has your back.

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    205: Breaking Silos and Creating Opportunity Via Remote Work with Amir Salihefendić

    205: Breaking Silos and Creating Opportunity Via Remote Work with Amir Salihefendić

    02:16 - Amir’s Superpower: Learning



    The Value of Knowledge Work


    05:42 - Growing Up As a Refugee



    Maintaining Focus During Change


    11:04 - A Founder’s Mindset



    Trauma: Makes You Stronger
    Shadow-Side Psyche
    Reboot by Jerry Colonna (Book)
    Reboot.io (CEO Coaching)


    19:06 - Remote Work



    Opportunities and Implications
    Handling Skepticism
    Impact on Local Community
    Remote-First Companies
    Salary Transparency
    Hiring Based on Mission


    More Resources on Remote Work From Amir:



    What Most Remote Companies Don’t Tell You About Remote Work
    Why We Don’t Have an Exit Strategy
    Asynchronous Communication: The Real Reason Remote Workers Are More Productive


    Reflections:


    John: The impact of having a globally high salary and what that positively enables.


    Astrid: Negative events can help to shape you into the person that you want to be.


    Amir: Using trauma to drive positivity.


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    Special Guest: Amir Salihefendić.
    Sponsored By:
    Virtual Genius: Explore DDD is offering hands-on and highly interactive workshops this year. Workshops will take place over the course of the last two weeks in October and the first three weeks in November.

    Instructors include industry leaders such as Scott Wlaschin, Kacper Gunia, Marijn Huizendveld, Jessica Kerr, Kent Beck, Alberto Brandolini, and Paul Rayner.

    Why should you attend? No travel! No flight delays, passport control, or security checks. Worried about losing your luggage? Forget about it!

    Challenge your thinking in an open, sharing, and collaborative environment while accessing the workshops from the comfort of your own home or office. Take breaks as needed. These are strange times we are living in.

    Use the time you would be traveling to report to colleagues on the key lessons and takeaways. Help them to expand the skills you’ve learned from these innovative, remote sessions, and then incorporate them into your organization.

    Talk to your boss and tell them how you would benefit from attending online workshops from Explore DDD. Relay the cost savings you will benefit from by not traveling this year. Visit http://exploreddd.com/workshops/ and register today. Use the Code EDDDGTC to get 10% off the price of any of the workshop tickets! Promo Code: EDDDGTCAn Event Apart: This podcast is brought to you by An Event Apart. For over 15 years, An Event Apart conferences have been the best way to level up your skills, be inspired by world-class experts, and learn what’s next in web design.

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