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Getting into IT with Grant
26 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
Trunk-Based Development Is Too Risky! | Source code management, CI/CD, and software development anti-patterns
If you write software, you are probably collaborating with other developers. If you are collaborating, then you probably need to isolate your code and then merge it together when you're done. So what are some of the best-practices for managing this? My favorite is trunk-based development, but that name probably doesn't mean what you think it means! In this episode, we dive into branching strategies and trunk-based development. We also touch on test automation, CI/CD pipelines, agility, and DevOps practices. We'll also talk about anti-patterns or "worst practices" that some companies adopt because they are risk averse. Ironically, many of today's software delivery practices increase risk rather than decrease it! Hear my take and compare it to your own, then Tweet me (@tweetsofgrant) and tell me where our views differ! ----- Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations Google's Guidebook on Trunk-Based Development Other Visualizations of Trunk-Based Development
37 minutes | Mar 31, 2022
How to Handle a Narcissist | Gaslighting, manipulation, and abuse - you will not believe the fantasy land they live in!
I have, unfortunately, dealt with plenty of narcissists in the workplace throughout my career. Although these encounters are rare, they do happen, they are dangerous people, and when you confront them you need to be prepared for what you're getting into. Narcissists are not like other people, so you must enter their world (temporarily) if you are going to come out of the engagement intact. In this episode, we discuss narcissism, the two types of narcissist, patterns of abuse (including the DARVO pattern of manipulation and gaslighting), as well as a real life story of me having to manage one of these types of individual. Yes, bad managers need to be (and sometimes get!) removed from positions of authority. Please join me on this weird journey through personality disorders in the corporate world! ---- I am launching a Patreon as well! I want to continue producing the content you care about, help you network with one another, and even have guests from the industry on the podcast to discuss their own experience. By supporting the podcast, you will help it expand and do more good in the world. When you sign up, you will be able to join my discord server, get some swag, AND through the end of May Gold Patrons will get a 30 minute 1-on-1 video or phone call with me to discuss career coaching or any topic of their choice. https://grantdryden.com/patreon
18 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
I Hate My Dream Job | Managing Burnout and Overwork
Someone wrote to me recently about working very hard and finally getting their dream job, only to discover that they hated it! That sucks and I know many of us have been there before in our own careers. It would be a tragedy to throw away a high paying, promising career if the reason why we hated it was something that we could control. In this episode, I read their message and then respond with what I think is really going on. I don't think this person hated their job, but I do think they hated the environment that they were doing their job in. Once you hear their predicament, tell me: what do you think they should do?
28 minutes | Dec 29, 2021
War Stories from IT | Indie GameDev and the Art of Bonsai
If you’ve ever wanted to do game dev, hear the story of how I published my first video game, Bonsai. We’ll review the core concept of the game, the process of building it and the choices of technology, and the distribution of it on Steam. It was fun, but wasn’t all rose colored! Here is a link to Bonsai on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/444160/Bonsai/
22 minutes | Dec 5, 2021
Prioritizing Technical Debt, Bugs, and Features | Using an Eisenhower Matrix
As you write software, you are going to make mistakes. These mistakes, or bugs and defects, have to be fixed while you continue to make your product better and build new features. So how can you make sure you're making enough progress on your product while addressing all the of the bugs that are bound to pop up? First, we'll begin by classifying bugs, features, and technical debt. Then, we'll be able to talk about how much time should be devoted to these types of work, and finally top it off with some tips and tricks on how to prioritize these things relative to one another. You don't have to be Agile to follow along, but I'd highly recommend it! Having a backlog of work defined will make the prioritization much easier.
24 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Leadership in IT | Centralized vs Decentralized Command and Business Agility
Before we can talk about how to lead a software development team, we have to talk about leadership as a discipline. We'll look to George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte, Captain David Marquet, and General Stanley McChrystal for good examples of how to organize groups of people to achieve a goal in a rapidly changing landscape. We will then extend these examples into business and finally into information technology and engineering. By the end of this episode, we will have talked about the value of decentralized command and how to lead a modern software development team to achieve goals and become high performing. ---- Our Sponsor: Electronic Specifier Insights Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/electronic-specifier-insights/id1508314202 ---- Additional Resources: David Marquet, Turn the Ship Around! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqmdLcyES_Q Team of Teams https://www.amazon.com/Team-Teams-Rules-Engagement-Complex/dp/1591847486 Jocko Willink's Extreme Ownership Muster https://echelonfront.com/muster/
29 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
War Stories from IT | Southwest Airlines
Did you know that Southwest Airlines can fly internationally? I was the technical lead on their international flights program, and in this episode I share a little bit about the behind-the-scenes technical issues associated with that new business offering. I dig into one problem in particular: how to modify a 20-year-old flight dispatch system to accurately identify new mission types based on an aircraft's equipment. And, a big thank you to our sponsors: https://simpletranscribe.com
17 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
Software Engineer vs Developer | Should I call myself an engineer?
One of the more common questions I get is "what's the difference between software engineer and software developer?" Well, here's the answer! We'll discuss what engineering is first, then dive into the specifics that set apart a software engineer from a developer, and we'll even discuss how software architecture fits into the mix. For good measure, we'll have to touch on Agile and DevOps, but we'll mostly stick to software engineering as defined by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and how the software development lifecycle relates to all of this. We've got lots to cover to explain the difference!
16 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
What makes a resume effective? | Solve someone's problem, don't write an autobiography
What makes a resume effective? No, not what font or layout to use, but HOW to convey WHAT information so that you get an interview! The goal of the resume is to get a call back after all, that's where its purpose ends. The best resume in the world won't get you the job, but it can give you an opportunity to shine in front of the hiring manager. So, hear some perspective on what a job requisition is and what the purpose of a resume is. Then, top it all off with a real review of a resume from a Cybersecurity applicant for an entry-level position. By the end of this episode, you should have a clear goal and method for producing a killer resume to land your next job!
16 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
How to Ask For a Raise | Are you getting paid enough to be a developer?
Everybody feels undercompensated at some point in their career, but asking for a raise isn't as simple as busting into your manager's office and telling them you deserve more money! In this episode, I explain how to do market research and put together a solid strategy for winning over your manager and showing the other stakeholders in your career what value you bring to the table. You heard that right, your manager isn't the only person you need to consider, so let's discuss how to be successful at handling this conversation as well as what to do if you tried hard but your raise is still denied.
21 minutes | May 19, 2021
Top Secret Engineering Programs | Working with Classified Information
Hear first hand what it's like to work on Top Secret, classified programs as an engineer. Is this work as interesting as it sounds, or is it surprisingly boring!? I'll share my experience and tell what I'm authorized to tell so you can gain an insight into what it is actually like to work on a Top Secret program. Maybe you'll decide this is the life for you and go apply! Most of the episode focuses on the BAMS program and my work on the Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) systems of the Global Hawk. If you have no idea what it's like to work for a defense company on embedded systems and secret programs, then here's your chance to learn!
15 minutes | May 4, 2021
LeetCode is the Devil | What happens behind the scenes in an interview!
I've been hearing a lot of complaints about LeetCode, but don't let the things you read online get you down! Take control of your interview by preparing and understanding what is going on when you write code and submit it for review. Your score isn't what it seems and you're not as bad off, or stuck in an automated system, as it feels. I did not use LeetCode in my interviews when I recorded this episode, but I do know a lot about the tool, have used it, and have also used competitors like HackerRank professionally. I share my thoughts with you in this episode on the interview process, as well as some tips for getting your head in the interview game so you have an edge on the competition.
16 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
What is DevOps? | Common pitfalls and misunderstandings of combining Development and Operations
DevOps has finally emerged onto the scene in IT and Engineering and has quickly become a bad word! In this episode, we discuss how it's not a fad, is actually very straightforward, and is something your team can easily take on with the right support from your company's leaders. Listen to the common pitfalls and anti-patterns associated with combining Development and Operations, and hear how you can overcome them while finding the right approach for your team.
7 minutes | Feb 7, 2021
Should I Go Into Management? | Promoting Above Senior Developer
What comes next in your career after Senior Engineer or Senior Developer? For some people it is Manager, for others it is Architect - don't get to Senior Dev without knowing what the rest of your career path looks like! I share a little bit about what management is in this episode as well as my own reasons for going into it instead of remaining a software developer. Your reasons are your own, so hear my story and reflect on your own situation!
16 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
QA2: Get Promoted FAST | Becoming a Senior Engineer in only 2 years!
You can become a Senior Engineer in as little as 2 years after college, learn how I did it! Being a Senior comes with it's own career risks and not everybody should climb the career ladder to this level so quickly. If you're not motivated by job titles but are motivated by compensation instead, a different path may be better for you. I discuss both in this episode and give advice to my younger self, a college grad, or a self-taught developer who is just starting out on in their career.
18 minutes | Dec 5, 2020
College vs Industry Experience | Did My University Degree Fail Me?
College did not prepare me to be a software developer like I thought it would! I still think my college degree was valuable, but a self-taught developer can be just as effective as a college educated one. There are also many skills and tricks you learn from working at a job or an internship that you don't learn at a university. Like, are Big O notation or asymptotic analysis of algorithms something that's used a lot in the field, or just terms people use to sound smart? I'll get to the real stuff in this episode and tell you exactly what you should focus on as you learn how to be a software engineer.
12 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
QA1: Should I accept a job offer even if I feel unqualified? | Imposter syndrome is a real thing
I read a real question from someone in the field wondering whether or not they should accept a job offer for a position they feel unqualified for. Does this person have imposter syndrome or are they really unqualified? Is the position really too good to be true or are their expectations off the mark? These are just a few things we dive into in this episode. Listen to my opinion then tell me: what do you think they should do?
25 minutes | Nov 22, 2020
What size company should I work for? | Fulfillment vs career advancement and FAANG
Is it better to be a fish in a small pond, or a small fish in a big pond? There are tradeoffs, advantages, and disadvantages to consider when working at small, medium, and large sized companies. Pick where you go wisely and don't work at a FAANG for name recognition alone. Small companies give you freedom at the cost of career structure, and large companies generally provide the opposite. Don't go chasing a fancy career title or a company to name-drop on your resume thinking that it will accelerate your career. Instead, find a career at a company where you are happy and find fulfillment. Being engaged in your work will accelerate your career much faster than your technical pedigree.
12 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
Tricks to getting a software dev interview | Interviews from a manager's perspective
Getting a software developer or engineering interview is not rocket science if you understand what a job posting really means! Set yourself up to impress the hiring team by following a few easy steps to land that interview and convince the hiring manager that you're as awesome of a developer as you say you are! Small companies and large companies work very differently from one another, but one thing that stays the same is somebody or some piece of software pre-scanning and filtering resumes before they go to the hiring manager. There are ways that you can fast-track your application through this filtering process and get the manager to review your resume.
12 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
How to get a job as a developer | Is a college degree necessary for info tech?
You don't need a college degree to be a professional software developer, there are many paths a person can take! Find out how to navigate these many career choices and become the *right* type of software engineer or technologist. You may be looking into a college degree in science or engineering, or want to go to a 6-month boot camp, or you may be completely self-taught. Find out if any of these routes will be detrimental to you long-term in building a successful career for yourself as a developer at top tech companies.
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