Welcome to OK Human, a podcast that brings you deep thoughts and casual ponderings on topics at the intersection of people and technology. It’s hosted by Headspring's very own software guru and (literal) trailblazer, Patrick McVeety-Mill (a.k.a., Booger Bear). He invites other developers and developer-adjacent folks to share big ideas and interesting opinions.
Building Platforms with Dan Malagari
If you haven’t heard, we have some big news: Headspring is now part of Accenture’s Product and Platform Engineering team (a.k.a. PPES, or P&PES to some). In this episode, Patrick got to talk to his former and now current colleague, Dan Malagari, who’s an Engineering Manager with PPES and an OG Headspringer. Dan explains to us What in the Sam Hill platforms are and why they’re the future for companies of all kinds. He also talks about his own experience transitioning from a small consultancy to a huge global organization, expounding upon the changes in mindset and approach this necessitates in a developer’s day-to-day, along with the many opportunities it represents. Join us on this scintillating journey through the fast-evolving world of platform engineering...and learn about Patrick's short-lived robot stint!
Dan’s Twitter: @dmalagari
PPES website: https://www.accenture.com/us-en/services/software-engineering/product-platform-engineering
Patrick as robot P-Point: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/pmcvtm_culture-hiring-headspringishiring-activity-6791406541506441216-FQEA
Current job openings: https://headspring.com/about/careers/apply/
Advocating for Inclusion with Beth Noser
While she started out in the traditionally female-dominated HR sector, Beth Noser found a true calling in the more male-dominated tech world. Since, she’s been slaying it as Solutions Architect for The University of Kansas Health System, while working to make people who identify as other than white, male, or cis feel welcome and valued within her field. Patrick talked to Beth about her work with Kansas City Women in Tech, as well as efforts she’s led in her own organization to accelerate inclusion. They also chat about how to become a good ally, discuss actions we can take to promote inclusion and uncover some surprising (or not-so-surprising) stats. Throw on your empathy hats listeners, this might be one of the most important conversations we’ve had yet!
Bonus Episode: Live from KCDC 2021
Hello humans! We’re here this week with a special minisode recorded on Patrick’s special mini-mic at this year’s Kansas City Developer Conference. When he wasn’t lighting up the presentation stage, Patrick spent time chatting up attendees to learn about their interests, their challenges, and their work. We’ve woven some of these impromptu chats together into a tapestry of wisdom to inspire fellow human technologists!
Thanks to our guests:
Gaines Kergosien, VP of Software Engineering at Nashville Software Engineering Executives Jim Counts, DevOps Architect at Solliance Guy Batton, Application Developer at Crema Beth Noser, Solutions Architect at University of Kansas Health System & Program Volunteer Director for Kansas City Women in Tech For more KCDC learnings, check out our Top 3 takeaways [https://headspring.com/2021/09/30/top-3-takeaways-from-kcdc-2021/]
Check out Music City Tech, the Nashville tech conference that Gaines founded: https://musiccitytech.com/
Learn more about Terraform and DevOps, plus lots of other topics on Jim's blog: https://build5nines.com/author/jim-counts/
See what Guy is up to at the digital product agency, Crema: https://www.crema.us/
Connect or collaborate with Beth in supporting Kansas City Women in Tech: https://kcwomenintech.org/
Get a jump on next year's conference by visiting: https://www.kcdc.info/
Creating Social Support Networks with findhelp.org
In this special episode of OK Human, we take a deep look at a technology company that helps humans in a real, tangible, and necessary way. Our guests are Senior Director of Software Engineering Rob Sartin and Engineering Manager George Mauer, both of the social care network, findhelp.org. Rob and George discuss their company’s mission to connect people in need to a full range of social services, and the impact that’s made—both in the real world and on them personally. We also get into the nitty-gritty of how their platform works, discuss organizational structure, and touch on our favorite tech topic, microservices. Learn more about their incredible work as we ponder on the potential of technology to improve society!
PS - If you’re keen to work with a social impact company, findhelp.org is hiring! Visit their career page to apply.
Healthcare innovation with Jeff Webber
In this episode, we had the great pleasure of speaking with Jeff Webber, Chief Technology Officer at Intelliguard, a healthcare technology company that's revolutionizing the medication management process with powerful RFID solutions. Jeff talked about that impact and shared his unique perspective on the future of healthcare technology, based on his 20+ years in the industry. We also talked to Jeff about the major challenges that Intelliguard faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the creative solutions they came up with to adapt to a new remote reality will have a lasting impact on his team, the company, and the industry.
Building trust with Walt Hauck
Walt Hauck recently joined Headspring as COO, and also led the launch of our new consulting unit, Headspring Healthcare, as President. He's a seasoned executive with tons of stories, charisma, and passion, but breaking into an established organization is hard for anyone—especially remotely and during a pandemic. Walt candidly with Patrick about the challenges of assimilating a new culture and the importance of building trust via some battle-tested tactics he's learned over the years. He also let us in on the exciting vision for Headspring Healthcare and how we're poised to make a huge impact on the industry!