Episode 10: Peopleware, Part II (Live at RailsConf!)

18 April 2018

This episode, we concluded our discussion of Peopleware, by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister. Following some personal reflections on the book, especially about how it relates to goal-setting and other processes, we spoke about: 10:09 Team culture/identity vs. company coherence 21:25 How work culture alienates people unnecessarily… and how to...

Episode 9: Peopleware, Part I

05 March 2018

This episode, we began our discussion of Peopleware, by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister. Initially, we noted that we both found it interesting to watch how the ideas in Peopleware have been slowly adopted, or met with great resistance, over the decades since its writing. Then we got into the...

Episode 8: Radical Candor, Part II

31 January 2018

This episode, we concluded our discussion of Kim Scott’s Radical Candor. After noting that we both found the second part more valuable than the first, we got into the nitty-gritty details: 5:35 Situation, Behavior, Impact 10:08 Power dynamics and being the boss 11:13 The importance of soliciting feedback anonymously, especially...

Episode 7: Radical Candor, Part I

07 December 2017

This episode, we opened up our discussion of Kim Scott’s Radical Candor. After reviewing the fundamental theory of the book and giving some first impressions, we spoke about: 13:11 “Rockstars” and “Superstars” 24:28 Should your boss be your friend? How much must the boss act as a psychologist? 35:25 Supporting...

Episode 6: The Mythical Man-Month, Part II

26 October 2017

This episode, we continued our discussion of Fred Brooks’ The Mythical Man-Month. After some brief technical difficulties, we shared some initial reflections on the relevance of the book to today’s world, and moved on to discuss: 6:42 Old debates (constraints, especially program size constraints) are refreshed in new contexts 17:28...

Episode 5: The Mythical Man-Month, Part I

28 September 2017

This episode, we opened up an old classic, Fred Brooks’ The Mythical Man-Month. After some initial impressions, including our collective astonishment at the degree of gendered language in the book (and thoughts about what impact it might have had in its time), we moved on to discuss some concepts emerging...

Episode 4: The Design of Everyday Things, Part II

07 September 2017

This episode wraps up our discussion of Don Norman’s The Design of Everyday Things. Following initial reflections on blamelessness and cognitive biases, we spoke about a number of topics emerging from our reading: 06:20 Everything makes sense in hindsight; foresight is hard! 11:53 Seeking deeper reasons for events using The...

Episode 3: The Design of Everyday Things, Part I

30 July 2017

We’ve been reading The Design of Everyday Things, by Don Norman, learning to apply the principles of design to code and products, and see examples in everyday life. Following initial reflections, we spoke about a number of topics: 06:23 Design in games 10:54 The need to design for actual, not...

Episode 2: Nonviolent Communication, Part II

30 June 2017

In the dramatic conclusion of the Dev Empathy exploration of Nonviolent Communication, by Marshall B. Rosenberg, we talked about: 11:51 Accepting criticism 18:29 Use of paraphrasing to build trust 30:05 Expressing criticism as feelings without blame 36:48 Working with teams whose practices contrast your own 44:34 The blameless retrospective 53:20...

Episode 1: Nonviolent Communication, Part I

30 May 2017

For our first foray into the wide world of Dev Empathy, we’re reading Nonviolent Communication, by Marshall B. Rosenberg. It describes splitting our communication into distinct layers: observations, feelings, needs, and requests. After some initial reflections on the book, we moved on to discuss: 16:00 Value Judgments vs. Moral Judgments...