Developer Tea exists to help driven developers connect to their ultimate purpose and excel at their work so that they can positively impact the people they influence.
With over 13 million downloads to date, Developer Tea is a short podcast hosted by Jonathan Cutrell (@jcutrell), co-founder of Spec and Director of Engineering at PBS. We hope you'll take the topics from this podcast and continue the conversation, either online or in person with your peers. Twitter: @developertea :: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can You Really Pick the Right Tool for Every Job?
Pick the right tool for the job.
But who is picking? What tools can they choose from? And what is the actual job, anyway? This advice is important because it gives you a starting framework to answer some of the most important clarifying questions in any task of significance.
A Statistical Case for Iteration Over Perfect Preparation
You are much more likely to succeed with iteration than you are with a perfect first attempt.
This is purely a function of probability, and is even more supported by the idea of progressive improvement.
When you can iterate, it is a better route to higher confidence of success than perfect preparation.
Avoid Unnecessary Prediction
When you have to predict, you're likely to have error in your prediction. Sometimes that error is easily handled - other times, it can be catastrophic in effect.
The next time you have the urge to predict into the future, ask yourself - what benefit do you gain from predicting this now? Can you avoid unnecessary prediction all together with a different route?
Give Random a Chance
Random choice may actually be your best bet. At the very least, starting with random is a good exercise in self control, and will help reveal information more easily than intuitive guessing might.
Give random a chance!
Two Illusions of Agreement
It's easy to believe that everyone you get along with agrees with you about anything and everything.
The truth is harder to confront, but often, this illusion can cause problems - especially when you actually want diverse perspectives.
In this episode, we talk about two types of illusion of agreement, and how you might combat them.
Limit Your Options By Limiting Your Obligations
The number of things you have to choose to do in a day is constantly being fought over. Your calendar, if it's like most calendars, has very little to do with how you *want* to spend your time.
Limit your options. Focus on fewer things. Eliminate your obligations.
Amazing podcast, not just for developers
This is easily one of my favorite podcasts to listen to regularly. The concepts and mental models are applicable to almost any industry and I’ve shared many specific episodes with friends who are not developers because it applied to things they were dealing with in other industries. Can’t recommend this podcast enough.
Used to be much better
When I started listening to this show about 5 years ago, it was a huge help to me as a developer. But now, most episodes have turned into some pop-science level discussion of metaphysics that I can no longer relate to.
It has become so high-minded and abstracted that it doesn’t even feel like a podcast about development anymore. It just sounds like Jon read the headline of an article that morning and spent 15 repeating the same idea over and over and trying to find a way to connect it to development.
Frankly, the show has become unlistenable for me. 98% of the episodes just sit in my queue anymore. And when I do listen to an episode, it feels like I’ve listened nothing. It’s like white noise with some ads.
Jon has done a great job over the years keeping to a consistent schedule and putting out new content every week. But I think that schedule has caused the quality of this podcast to suffer for it.
I love Jon, really I do. He’s a great guy who was extremely helpful for me when I first started out. This show may have very well been what had gotten me into podcasts, which makes seeing the state of it now that much harder for me. I hope that it can one day get back to where it was, but for now think I have to set it aside.
Jonathan, host of the Developer Tea podcast, highlights all aspects of technology, software development and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!