The Loosely Coupled Podcast

Episode 19: How We Work

In this episode Jeff and Matt explore how they go about organizing their work life and our personal lives. They cover the idea of how the process evolves depending on your environment and even your personal inclinations. In 2011, Jeff wrote a blog post about the tools he used back then and realized that it has changed a little but for the most part works for him. They cover some pitfalls of processes that require tickets/stories to be broken down into parts where developers cannot understand what they’re doing or why, and how they’ve learned over time to get to that information. They also talked about learning how to be professionals and defend against situations that would impact your work or your code in negative ways. Finally they touch on Matt’s work scheduling experiment which is inspired by the Makers Schedule versus the Managers Schedule and how it has helped him be more productive.

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Episode 18: Best Practices

In this episode Jeff and Matt will talk about their experiences of getting teams moving on good practices. They will cover times when it has been challenging to convince higher-ups the value of doing certain things, all the way to how to go about changing teams by example.

This episode is sponsored by our friend, Coderabbi, who is currently on the Wisdom as a Service World Tour 2015. The tour is a spirited initiative to engage 35+ User Groups representing over 2000 PHP developers around the world in a conversation about Community, Software Craftsmanship, Personal Growth and Professional Development. You can check out wisdomworldtour.com for more information or to see just where in the world is Coderabbi.

Episode 17: Mentoring and Apprenticing

In this episode Jeff and Matt talk about the idea of establishing and participating in mentoring relationships. As participants in the PHP Mentoring organization or initiative, mentorship is an important part of Jeff’s and Matt’s lives as developers. The main theme in this episode is that you should find a way to get past your fears and find a way to get involved with mentoring in your community. Along the way they cover some advice based on past experiences of what to expect and how to establish successful relationships.

This episode is sponsored by our good friend Coderabbi who is just about to depart for Europe on the initial leg of his Wisdom as a Service World Tour. The Tour is a spirited initiative to engage more than 35 User Groups representing over 2000 PHP developers around the world in a conversation about Community, Software Craftsmanship, Personal Growth and Professional Development. If you are a User Group Organizer who would like arrange a Tour visit, a potential sponsor who wants your message to be a part of the conversation or are simply interested in playing “Where in the world is Coderabbi?”, visit wisdomworldtour.com today!

While you’re following links don’t forget to follow @_looselycoupled, @wisdomworldtour, @coderabbi, @jcarouth, and @shrtwhitebldguy to keep up to date on all of the things.

Episode 16: Estimation Is Hard

In this episode, Jeff and Matt talk about the difficult task all developers are continuously faced with: estimation. They cover some examples of times they have found estimation difficult, techniques that have worked for them, and even some advice on how to deal with the stress of estimating incorrectly. Ultimately, estimation is a part of the necessary communication that must happen for a project to be successful.

This episode is sponsored by coderabbi. If you do not know or do not currently follow coderabbi, you are missing out and should fix that right now. He is bringing the Wisdom as a Service tour to areas around the world in the coming months. Join him in his Virtual Hallway Track, IRC channel #coderabbi on Freenode.

Episode 15: Mental Health in the Tech Industry

In this episode, Jeff and Matt discuss mental health, a very important and very personal topic. There is a lot of great work being done right now in our industry to bring awareness to issues of mental health including > prompt by EngineYard, Open Sourcing Mental Illness by Ed Finkler, and #HackTheStigma, among others. This discussion talks about our thoughts on the topic in general as well as gets into personal experiences.

If you or someone you know is dealing with mental health issues, you are not alone.