66 episodes

A pragmatic podcast about leadership, product dev, and tech decisions between two recovering Chief Technology Officers.

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    • 4.7, 13 Ratings

A pragmatic podcast about leadership, product dev, and tech decisions between two recovering Chief Technology Officers.

    BLM, White Privilege, Accountability, Guilt, Responsibilities, and Helping

    BLM, White Privilege, Accountability, Guilt, Responsibilities, and Helping

    The world feels like a different place from just a couple weeks ago, but it's not. The United States is still in the same place it has been for a long time, if you're a minority. Randy and Don discuss the Black Lives Matter movement, police accountability, racism, privilege, guilt, and where they might fit in to not being part of the problem.

    • 55 min
    From Manager/Dev to Non-coding Manager

    From Manager/Dev to Non-coding Manager

    Right before the COVID pandemic hit, Randy was asked to take on the management of two new teams, which changed his typical role of manager-developer to strictly people management, meetings, and project tracking. Don and Randy discuss the change as it affected Randy and what he thinks is the most important factors for folks in the same boat.

    • 31 min
    Difficult Choices and Hard Conversations

    Difficult Choices and Hard Conversations

    Don and Randy talk about what's been going on with the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has affected their firms, jobs, and side projects. What does it mean to talk to folks under your wing? What kind of leadership does it take when the real world seems out of your control?

    • 43 min
    Improving Visual Communication for Remote Management

    Improving Visual Communication for Remote Management

    Randy is making efforts to improve the communication of visual examples via remote video meetings. We discuss his first attempt to achieve online whiteboarding using a Macbook Pro, a Wacom One tablet, and a Google Jamboard.

    • 29 min
    Security Concerns Keep Coming

    Security Concerns Keep Coming

    In Don's role as CTO for AspirEDU, he has a number of security audits posed by potential customers and increasing complexity around third-party hosts. Randy keeps wanting to talk about the XFL (Part 2).

    • 34 min
    Modern Content Management Options

    Modern Content Management Options

    Don and Randy discuss content management options from the old-school Full Stack apps, WYSIWYG SaaS, and Headless + Static Site Generator options

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Elham12 ,

Great!

As a new CTO to a startup, this podcast has been absolutely helpful and informative.

JenAD345 ,

Great balance of tech and people topics

As veterans in the tech space, Randy and Don offer real-world practical perspectives on a wide range of technical topics while also discussing the many people-related issues and challenges that are just as much a part of tech as the code.

megschem ,

Smart Approach To The Business of Human Managment

Both Don and Randy bring very accessible insight to the workings of being a manager of few and many in the tech industry. Understanding the scope of a project and how to handle clients and employees is shared with a smart, realistic, and human approach. Though, I may be biased, since I'm Randy's wife, but it doesn't change the fact that these two are worth listening to. :)

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