198 episodes

We’ve been doing Software Development and Architecture work for a while at Snowpal, and currently have several B2B and B2C products in production. In this podcast, we’ll share our experiences on a regular basis to help you & your teams build great software. The topics covered in this podcast will include Product Management, Project Management, Architecture, Development, Deployment, Security, Release Management, Sales, Marketing, Advertising, and just about everything else an ambitious, fast growing startup based out of the US is likely to be involved in. So, join us. Let’s become better!

Polyglot Software Development Krish Palaniappan and Varun Palaniappan

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

We’ve been doing Software Development and Architecture work for a while at Snowpal, and currently have several B2B and B2C products in production. In this podcast, we’ll share our experiences on a regular basis to help you & your teams build great software. The topics covered in this podcast will include Product Management, Project Management, Architecture, Development, Deployment, Security, Release Management, Sales, Marketing, Advertising, and just about everything else an ambitious, fast growing startup based out of the US is likely to be involved in. So, join us. Let’s become better!

    • video
    Measuring Developer Experience and Improving it through Platform Engineering (feat. Ajay Chankramath)

    Measuring Developer Experience and Improving it through Platform Engineering (feat. Ajay Chankramath)

    Ajay Chankramath⁠, Head of Platform Engineering at ⁠ThoughtWorks⁠, discusses measuring and improving developer experience through platform engineering. Platform engineering is the abstracted set of tools, principles, and techniques that make developers' lives easier and enable DevOps. It focuses on improving developer productivity and reducing friction in the software development process. The key to successful platform engineering is adopting a product management mindset and prioritizing capabilities based on their value. Platform engineering can benefit organizations of all sizes, but the scope and implementation may vary. Internal developer platforms and managed platform engineering services are emerging as options for startups and smaller organizations. Platform engineering is the evolution of software development and delivery. It is not a passing fad or a replacement for DevOps, but rather a cultural paradigm that brings together tools, techniques, and processes. Platform engineering aims to simplify and automate the development process, improve compliance gating, and provide internal developer portals for self-service. It also involves the use of generative AI to enhance operational productivity and enable proactive issue detection. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to platform engineering, it is important for organizations to invest in platforms that align with their specific requirements and skill sets.
    Takeaways
    Platform engineering aims to improve developer productivity and reduce friction in the software development process.
    Adopting a product management mindset and prioritizing capabilities based on their value is crucial for successful platform engineering.
    Platform engineering can benefit organizations of all sizes, but the scope and implementation may vary.
    Internal developer platforms and managed platform engineering services are emerging as options for startups and smaller organizations. Platform engineering is the evolution of software development and delivery.
    It is not a passing fad or a replacement for DevOps, but rather a cultural paradigm that brings together tools, techniques, and processes.
    Platform engineering aims to simplify and automate the development process, improve compliance gating, and provide internal developer portals for self-service.
    Generative AI can be used to enhance operational productivity and enable proactive issue detection.
    There is no one-size-fits-all approach to platform engineering, and organizations should invest in platforms that align with their specific requirements and skill sets.
    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction to Ajay Chankramath and ThoughtWorks
    03:08 Defining Platform Engineering and its Importance
    07:48 The Role of Product Management in Platform Engineering
    10:21 The Genesis of Platform Engineering and the Importance of Value Modeling
    13:22 Platform Engineering for Organizations of All Sizes
    22:16 Breaking Down Platform Engineering into Five Planes
    25:41 The Importance of Observability in Platform Engineering
    29:19 The Role of Orchestrators in Platform Engineering
    33:26 The Impact of Platform Engineering on Developers' Daily Work
    35:56 The Importance of Compliance Gating
    36:47 Internal Developer Portals
    38:17 Abstraction with Terraform and Other Tools
    49:04 The Potential of Generative AI
    55:53 Coexistence of Self-Serve Portals and Conversational UIs
    01:06:25 Platform Engineering as an Evolution of Software Development

    • 1 hr 8 min
    • video
    Its 2024. Software Development has changed. Completely.

    Its 2024. Software Development has changed. Completely.

    In this conversation, Krish discusses the need for software development to evolve. He emphasizes the importance of adapting to change and exploring new ways of doing things. Krish also highlights the role of AI in software development and the potential benefits it can bring. He encourages reevaluating problem-solving approaches and finding more efficient ways to document and create tickets. Ultimately, Krish emphasizes the need to embrace change and stay ahead in the rapidly evolving software industry.
    Takeaways
    Software development needs to evolve by adapting to change and exploring new approaches.
    AI can play a significant role in improving software development processes and delivering solutions more efficiently.
    Problem-solving approaches should be reevaluated to ensure they are still relevant and effective.
    Efficient documentation and ticket creation processes can enhance productivity and collaboration.
    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction
    01:01 Adapting to Change
    03:54 Reevaluating Problem Solving
    05:18 Approaching Documentation
    06:40 Efficient Ticket Creation
    07:08 Embracing Change

    • 8 min
    • video
    Entrepreneurship: It's not easy. But, it's worth it.

    Entrepreneurship: It's not easy. But, it's worth it.

    In this conversation, Krish shares his thoughts on the challenges of entrepreneurship and building a software company. He emphasizes that while technical challenges are expected, non-technical challenges often prove to be more important. He discusses the evolving challenges of AI and the need to balance priorities and efficiency. Krish also highlights the importance of motivating teams and overcoming discouragement. He explains the exponential nature of startups and encourages listeners to embrace challenges and take action.
    Takeaways
    Entrepreneurship is not just an option for some, but becomes their only option.
    Non-technical challenges are often more important than technical challenges in building a software company.
    The challenges of AI are constantly evolving and require adaptation.
    Balancing priorities and finding efficiency is crucial for startups.
    Motivating teams and overcoming discouragement are key to success.
    Learning by doing and embracing challenges leads to growth and success.
    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction and Resonance with Entrepreneurship
    01:20 The Challenges of Building Software
    04:41 The Evolving Challenges of AI
    06:04 Balancing Priorities and Efficiency
    07:02 Motivating Teams and Overcoming Discouragement
    09:00 The Exponential Nature of Startups
    10:28 Embracing Challenges and Taking Action
    12:19 Learning by Doing and Spreading Wings
    13:43 Conclusion and Call to Action

    • 14 min
    • video
    Importance of UI/UX Localization & the Need for Transparency between all Stakeholders (feat. Leigh Lawhon)

    Importance of UI/UX Localization & the Need for Transparency between all Stakeholders (feat. Leigh Lawhon)

    In this episode, ⁠⁠Leigh Lawhon⁠⁠ discusses the importance of transparency in software projects. She highlights the gap between product managers and developers, emphasizing the need for clear communication and understanding of the 'why' behind tasks. She explores the influence of culture on UX/UI design and the challenges of localization. She emphasizes the importance of visual hierarchy and understanding user personas in designing effective interfaces. It delves into the challenges of localization and the balance between personalization and localization. The potential impact of AI on the job market and the future of software development are also discussed. The conversation emphasizes the need for problem-solving skills and the value of being a generalist in the industry. It concludes with the importance of curating one's career in the age of AI.
    Takeaways
    Transparency is crucial for the success of software projects, bridging the gap between product managers and developers.
    Understanding the 'why' behind tasks is essential for developers to align their work with the overall goals of the project.
    Cultural considerations play a significant role in UX/UI design, and localization is necessary to create interfaces that resonate with different user demographics.
    Visual hierarchy and clear communication are key elements of effective UX/UI design.
    The balance between coolness and usability should be considered in designing interfaces, with a focus on meeting user needs and preferences. Understanding cultural differences is crucial for successful product design and development.
    Balancing personalization and localization is essential to cater to diverse user needs.
    Language plays a significant role in user experience and must be carefully considered in interface design.
    The rise of AI may have implications for the job market, requiring professionals to adapt and develop problem-solving skills.
    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction and Background
    00:53 The Importance of Transparency in Software Projects
    03:12 Task Over Communication
    05:04 The Importance of Understanding the 'Why'
    06:19 The Role of Developers in Implementing Requirements
    07:22 The Example of Building an API for Food Ordering
    09:12 The Tension Between Flexibility and Alignment
    10:11 The Influence of Culture on UX/UI Design
    14:25 The Importance of Shared Vocabulary
    15:24 The Role of Visuals in Bridging the Gap
    20:11 The Complexity of UX/UI Design in Different Regions
    22:15 The Impact of Familiarity on User Interfaces
    23:15 The Challenge of Changing User Interfaces
    25:08 The Role of UX/UI Design in Personalization
    26:20 The Overemphasis on Coolness in UX/UI Design
    28:30 The Most Important Aspects of UX/UI Design
    30:45 Visual Hierarchy
    31:46 Understanding User Personas
    33:21 Localization and Cultural Considerations
    39:48 Understanding Cultural Differences
    41:02 The Importance of Cultural Understanding
    43:01 Balancing Personalization and Localization
    44:08 The Impact of Language on User Experience
    48:49 The Challenges of Localization
    53:57 The Complexity of Localization within a Country
    56:07 The Potential Impact of AI on Job Market
    01:00:30 The Future of Software Development
    01:07:07 The Importance of Problem Solving
    01:09:11 The Need for Generalists in the Industry
    01:12:06 Curating Your Career in the Age of AI
    01:14:00 Curating Your Career
    01:19:12 Embracing Change and Learning
    01:25:12 The Importance of Language and Communication
    01:31:22 Dealing with Rejection and Embracing Failure
    01:34:19 Finding Unity in Language
    01:39:18 Summary and Closing Thoughts

    • 1 hr 44 min
    • video
    Authorization as a Service (feat. Jake Moshenko)

    Authorization as a Service (feat. Jake Moshenko)

    Jake Moshenko⁠, CEO of ⁠AuthZed⁠, discusses the importance of permissioning databases and the challenges of implementing permissions at scale. He explains how AuthZed solves this problem by providing a common API for flexible and fine-grained authorization. The target market for AuthZed includes companies of all sizes that need to add complex permission workflows to their applications. Jake demonstrates how AuthZed can be integrated with backend systems, web applications, and mobile apps. He also explains the benefits of using AuthZed, such as increased security and improved product velocity. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the AuthZed schema language and how permissions and roles are defined in the system. Jake Moshenko introduces the concept of permissions and relations in the context of access control. He explains how permissions can be granted to users for specific actions on resources, and how relationships between users and objects are defined. Jake also discusses the flexibility of defining roles and the granularity of permissions. He demonstrates how permissions can be visualized and edited in a user interface, and highlights the benefits of using a startup solution for access control. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the importance of leveraging existing tools and trusting innovative startups.
    Takeaways
    Permissions can be granted to users for specific actions on resources, such as read, write, and admin privileges.
    Relations define the relationships between users and objects, allowing users to be readers, writers, or admins of a particular object.
    Roles can be used to group multiple privileges or permissions together, providing a higher level of access.
    Design time actions involve configuring the access control system, while runtime actions involve making API calls to enforce permissions.
    When considering building or buying a solution, it is important to focus on core competencies and leverage existing tools and services.
    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction and Background
    01:04 The Problem of Permissions at Scale
    05:25 Implementing Authorization for Different Client Types
    06:46 Integration with Backend and Web Applications
    10:24 Implementing Permissioning for Mobile Apps
    14:25 Benefits of Using AuthZed for Permissioning
    22:00 Granting Access to Resources with AuthZed API
    25:11 Defining Permissions and Roles in AuthZed
    30:42 Introduction to Permissions and Relations
    31:11 Understanding Permissions and Roles
    32:20 Decoupling Relationships and Actions
    33:36 Granularity of Permissions
    34:14 Grouping Privileges into Roles
    36:01 Design Time and Runtime Actions
    36:46 Visualizing and Editing Permissions
    39:33 Trusting a Startup
    53:36 Building vs. Buying Solutions
    58:36 The Value of Innovation and Trust

    • 1 hr 3 min
    • video
    Practical Tips to handle Tech Layoffs

    Practical Tips to handle Tech Layoffs

    In this podcast, Krish discusses the impact of layoffs and how individuals can better prepare themselves for such situations. He emphasizes the importance of continuous learning and expanding one's skill set to stay competitive in the job market. Krish also advises against becoming too attached to a company and building a lifestyle around the highest pay, as these can lead to difficulties in the event of a layoff. He reminds listeners that a company is not a family and encourages them to enjoy their time off and give back to the community.
    Takeaways
    Continuous learning is crucial for staying competitive in the job market.
    Avoid becoming too attached to a company and build a lifestyle around the lowest pay to mitigate the impact of a layoff.
    Recognize that a company is not a family and maintain a healthy separation.
    Take the opportunity of job loss to expand your horizons and learn new skills.
    Focus on adding value to the organization to stay relevant and stand out.
    While there is competition, there is also a dearth of good and smart people, so being committed and passionate can make a difference.
    Enjoy your time off and use it to recharge and explore new opportunities.
    Remember that a job is just a job and there are other aspects of life to prioritize.
    Give back to the community and share your knowledge and experiences with others.
    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction
    00:35 Summary of Previous Podcast
    01:14 Preparing for Layoffs
    04:00 Limited Attachment
    05:00 Lifestyle and Financial Planning
    05:45 Company is Not Your Family
    06:06 Expanding Horizons
    09:01 Adding Value
    12:34 Competition and Dearth of Good People
    13:48 Enjoying Time Off
    16:16 Perspective on Job Loss
    16:32 Giving Back
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Customer Reviews

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meena @ snowpal ,

Very informative!

Can you consider doing a podcast or two on Git Best Practices?

kpalania ,

Very informative!

Can you consider doing one or more podcasts on Git?

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