The Loosely Coupled Podcast

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.

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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.

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Episode 14: The Not-So-Secret Life of Remote Developers

In this episode, Jeff and Matt talk about some things they have learned about being remote developers. While both are currently employed as remote developers they have also worked in on-site jobs. This episode is a collection of things that might be different, things to expect, things that might be hard, and, of course, whether you need to wear pants.

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Episode 13: Job Descriptions and Interviews

In this episode Jeff and Matt will talk about how to look at job descriptions and what to expect during interviews for the jobs you really want to have. They will combine their experiences on both sides of the interview room and reminisce about good and bad interview experiences. Interviewing may be stressful, but it’s how you advance your career.

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Episode 12: Elephpantitus

In this episode Jeff and Matt finally discover the mystery of the Trello card “Elephpantitus” and attempt to cover how important or how unimportant it is to diversify your programming background within a given language community. Perhaps it’s a good idea to focus on being a PHP developer rather than a WordPress developer or a Magento developer, or maybe it isn’t. This episode could be titled Maybe since they weren’t really sure which way to lean starting out.

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