Engineering Culture by InfoQ

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InfoQ.com is a trusted source of information for over 1, 500, 000 software developers worldwide. Over the last 10 years we have covered all the hottest topics from the industry, in early stages, to make sure that we fulfill our mission to drive innovation in professional software development. On top of news, articles, presentations and minibooks we’ve recently started this podcast series dedicated to software engineers. We’ve interviewed some of the top CTOs, engineers and technology directors from the people behind InfoQ.com and QCon.
65 episodes · since Oct, 2016
April 16, 2018
In this podcast recorded at Agile 2017, Shane Hastie, Lead Editor for Culture & Methods, spoke to Ahmed Sidky and Michael Robillard of Riot Games about their experiences in product management for a comprehensive gaming experience Why listen to this podcast: • The need for a framework to make really tough product decisions • The importance of a clear strategy when faced with many good ideas - selecting which ones not to pursue • In the Agile community most of the conversation is about being better product owners, not having better product strategy and this is a gap • In the product space there are lots of loosely defined terms (outcome, impact, mission, vision, strategy…) so aligning on common terminology and meaning was an important early step • There are models and frameworks for strategic product management which draw on multiple sources • To have agility in the tactical space you need to have it in the strategic space • Anybody in the product development lifecycle should be able to think strategically More on this: Quick scan our curated show notes on InfoQ https://bit.ly/2vkr8mq You can also subscribe to the InfoQ newsletter to receive weekly updates on the hottest topics from professional software development. bit.ly/24x3IVq Subscribe: www.youtube.com/infoq Like InfoQ on Facebook: bit.ly/2jmlyG8 Follow on Twitter: twitter.com/InfoQ Follow on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/infoq Check the landing page on InfoQ: https://bit.ly/2vkr8mq
April 13, 2018
In this podcast recorded at Agile 2017, Shane Hastie, Lead Editor for Culture & Methods, spoke Troy Magennis about his talks at the conference on “I love the smell of data in the morning” and “10 ways to choose what to start next” Why listen to this podcast: • The absence of data means all you have is an opinion • The simplest way to start gathering data in software development is to put the starting date/time on one corner, the ending date/time on another corner and use different colour post-its for different types of work • It’s the trend that’s important, not any one week of data • Your job is to make better decisions with the least amount of effort • Context is hard to spot if you are in the middle of it – you need to be able to step away and see from a different perspective • The job of a leader is to help the people who report to you understand the bigger picture and the impact of their decisions on the whole More on this: Quick scan our curated show notes on InfoQ https://bit.ly/2HAIBcs You can also subscribe to the InfoQ newsletter to receive weekly updates on the hottest topics from professional software development. bit.ly/24x3IVq Subscribe: www.youtube.com/infoq Like InfoQ on Facebook: bit.ly/2jmlyG8 Follow on Twitter: twitter.com/InfoQ Follow on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/infoq Check the landing page on InfoQ: https://bit.ly/2HAIBcs
March 26, 2018
In this podcast recorded at Agile 2017, Shane Hastie, Lead Editor for Culture & Methods, spoke to Katherine Kirk, Sally Freudenberg & Chris Courier on Inclusive Collaboration, Neurodiversity and Creating Safe Spaces Why listen to this podcast: • Neurodiversity is the idea that things like autism, bi-polar disorder, dyslexia and ADHD are not “disabilities”, rather they are normal variations in the human genome • The tech industry is an industry of thinkers and we know that diverse teams are more effective, so embracing neurodiversity is a sensible approach • Create environments that include collaborative space as well as spaces suited for quiet, isolated individual contemplation or work • A robust system is absolutely vital in continuous environments – it enables continuous innovation and continuous delivery and supports a mindset of continuous learning • Many of our agile practices are suited for extroverted, fast thinkers and this disadvantages the contemplators who need time to reflect before contributing their ideas • Insight is the new market differentiator – insight comes from people and they need a creative environment in order to generate insights More on this: Quick scan our curated show notes on InfoQ https://bit.ly/2GaLbEJ You can also subscribe to the InfoQ newsletter to receive weekly updates on the hottest topics from professional software development. bit.ly/24x3IVq Subscribe: www.youtube.com/infoq Like InfoQ on Facebook: bit.ly/2jmlyG8 Follow on Twitter: twitter.com/InfoQ Follow on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/infoq Check the landing page on InfoQ: https://bit.ly/2GaLbEJ
March 5, 2018
This is the Engineering Culture Podcast, from the people behind InfoQ.com and the QCon conferences. In this podcast recorded at Agile 2017, Shane Hastie, Lead Editor for Culture & Methods, spoke to Heidi Helfand about Dynamic Reteaming Why listen to this podcast: • Team change is real – we might as well get good at it • People come and go from teams all the time for many different reasons • A missing level in Tuckman’s model of team formation – Stagnating, when you keep a team together for too long • There are techniques to build social bonds beyond the single team level to prevent constant forming/storming when team composition changes • The rate of reteaming is a business decision based on the context and needs of the organisation at the time More on this: Quick scan our curated show notes on InfoQ http://bit.ly/2oPFG71 You can also subscribe to the InfoQ newsletter to receive weekly updates on the hottest topics from professional software development. bit.ly/24x3IVq Subscribe: www.youtube.com/infoq Like InfoQ on Facebook: bit.ly/2jmlyG8 Follow on Twitter: twitter.com/InfoQ Follow on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/infoq Check the landing page on InfoQ: http://bit.ly/2oPFG71
Feb. 26, 2018
This is the Engineering Culture Podcast, from the people behind InfoQ.com and the QCon conferences. In this podcast Shane Hastie, Lead Editor for Culture & Methods, spoke to Mike Bryzek – CTO and founder of Flow.io about his background in philanthropy, his current role at Flow.io and how they have empowered developers and adopted testing in production in order to raise the quality of their software. Why listen to this podcast: • The value of volunteerism and philanthropy for good through focusing on outcomes • Testing in production helps make higher quality software • The importance of instrumenting the software so we get feedback in real time • Allowing the engineer to own the decision about when to release the software and be accountable for that decision results in better products because the engineers who build them carefully consider what they need to do to get the product truly ready for release • Testing in production may seem scary now, but it’s just another tool in the toolbox of building quality software – it’s the only way we can guarantee that the software is actually working as expected in the environment that it is intended for More on this: Quick scan our curated show notes on InfoQ http://bit.ly/2sVXPoV You can also subscribe to the InfoQ newsletter to receive weekly updates on the hottest topics from professional software development. bit.ly/24x3IVq Subscribe: www.youtube.com/infoq Like InfoQ on Facebook: bit.ly/2jmlyG8 Follow on Twitter: twitter.com/InfoQ Follow on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/infoq Check the landing page on InfoQ: http://bit.ly/2sVXPoV
Feb. 19, 2018
In this podcast Shane Hastie, Lead Editor for Culture & Methods, spoke to Harsh Sinha, CTO of TransferWise about deliberately designing organisational culture. Why listen to this podcast: • The organisation is structured in lots of autonomous, independent teams each one of which is focused on meeting a specific customer need • For a startup the biggest competitive edge is speed, and this organisation structure supports and enables speed of decision making and responding to customer needs • Principles such as weak code ownership allow rapid changes within clearly defined constraints • While this may sound like a recipe for chaos it actually results in stronger ownership and better customer focus • Better decision making comes about because the people who make the decisions are the ones closest to the customer problems The difference between software development and product engineering. Engineers are expected to be proactive and go deeper into understanding the customer problem, not just working from More on this: Quick scan our curated show notes on InfoQ http://bit.ly/2obRelB You can also subscribe to the InfoQ newsletter to receive weekly updates on the hottest topics from professional software development. bit.ly/24x3IVq Subscribe: www.youtube.com/infoq Like InfoQ on Facebook: bit.ly/2jmlyG8 Follow on Twitter: twitter.com/InfoQ Follow on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/infoq Check the landing page on InfoQ: http://bit.ly/2obRelB
Feb. 12, 2018
In this podcast Shane Hastie, Lead Editor for Culture & Methods, spoke to Rich Mironov about the current trends in product development Why listen to this podcast: • There is nothing more wasteful in the world than beautifully building a product that no one wants to buy • Everywhere in the world engineering teams are similar to other engineering teams and sales teams are similar to other sales teams and the two groups are completely opposite to each other • Dropping time and funding allocated to the quality/infrastructure improvements is similar to joining a health club and never going – you won’t get better and fitter unless you go • If you can’t cope with the role which has lots of responsibility and little authority then maybe a product role isn’t right for you • Bringing the dev team into close contact with customers has been a goal and a topic of conversation for a long time, but very few organisations are actually doing this • Good product managers frame problems, they don’t demand features More on this: Quick scan our curated show notes on InfoQ http://bit.ly/2GaezdT You can also subscribe to the InfoQ newsletter to receive weekly updates on the hottest topics from professional software development. bit.ly/24x3IVq Subscribe: www.youtube.com/infoq Like InfoQ on Facebook: bit.ly/2jmlyG8 Follow on Twitter: twitter.com/InfoQ Follow on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/infoq Check the landing page on InfoQ: http://bit.ly/2GaezdT
Feb. 5, 2018
In this podcast Shane Hastie, Lead Editor for Culture & Methods, spoke to Cahlan Sharp about the DevMountain schools that teach software development skills in intensive “bootcamp” programs. Why listen to this podcast: • A lot of formal education is very theory based rather than teaching hands-on development skills • A Stack-Overflow survey in which 60% of respondents describe themselves as self-taught developers • A high-pressure, high performance environment where students learn by doing results in faster learning and better retention • All of this information and teaching is available online, however when trying to teach yourself online you don’t know what you don’t know so it will probably take longer to find what you actually need to learn • Employers are struggling to find the talent they need to continue to grow their businesses • The higher education system is ill-equipped to supply the people needed for the jobs that are available • Challenging the “it takes four years to learn something” mentality – people can and do learn things quickly and deeply when given the opportunity to do so More on this: Quick scan our curated show notes on InfoQ http://bit.ly/2E5Gaw2 You can also subscribe to the InfoQ newsletter to receive weekly updates on the hottest topics from professional software development. bit.ly/24x3IVq Subscribe: www.youtube.com/infoq Like InfoQ on Facebook: bit.ly/2jmlyG8 Follow on Twitter: twitter.com/InfoQ Follow on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/infoq Check the landing page on InfoQ: http://bit.ly/2E5Gaw2
Jan. 22, 2018
In this podcast Shane Hastie, Lead Editor for Culture & Methods, spoke Linda Rising about her talk at Agile 2017 in which she explores her own reaction to the politics in the USA and how it triggered her to research morality and values. Why listen to this podcast: • The inclusiveness, openness, learning and joy that characterises the agile community • Exploring her own reactions to people with different political viewpoints and finding research into morality which helps explain them • There are values which are commonly held, but different groups empathise some over others • Experiments that show that even when people understand the differences in viewpoint individuals are largely unable to argue from the “other” perspective • Seek to come to an understanding of other people’s values, even if you don’t share them More on this: Quick scan our curated show notes on InfoQ http://bit.ly/2rvMGdR You can also subscribe to the InfoQ newsletter to receive weekly updates on the hottest topics from professional software development. bit.ly/24x3IVq Subscribe: www.youtube.com/infoq Like InfoQ on Facebook: bit.ly/2jmlyG8 Follow on Twitter: twitter.com/InfoQ Follow on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/infoq Check the landing page on InfoQ: http://bit.ly/2rvMGdR
Jan. 15, 2018
In this podcast Shane Hastie, Lead Editor for Culture & Methods, spoke to Wendy Closson about her journey of recovery from contracting a rare, deadly form of cancer to leading to the Optimize You track at QCon New York Why listen to this podcast: • The impact of contracting a rare form of cancer • The combination of things that together make a difference to survival rates • The five things that will impact your life for the better: Change the way you speak, think, feel, actions and attitude • The feedback loop – how you speak influences how you think which influences how you feel and nonviolent communication makes this a positive cycle • Different people have different needs and styles so find what works for you – use the tools that will help you fly. Consciousness is your awareness of yourself – your thoughts, your emotions, your actions, your attitude; how is the way you’re speaking planting seeds for tomorrow More on this: Quick scan our curated show notes on InfoQ http://bit.ly/2B36e8Q You can also subscribe to the InfoQ newsletter to receive weekly updates on the hottest topics from professional software development. bit.ly/24x3IVq Subscribe: www.youtube.com/infoq Like InfoQ on Facebook: bit.ly/2jmlyG8 Follow on Twitter: twitter.com/InfoQ Follow on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/infoq Check the landing page on InfoQ: http://bit.ly/2B36e8Q

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