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I've been struggling for over 20 years to keep a healthy work/life balance on software development teams. With so many problems in our industry, the more money I made the more ridiculous people's expectations were. This podcast is a log of my insights and mistakes on the journey to finding healthy ways for people to build software.

I've been struggling for over 20 years to keep a healthy work/life balance on software development teams. With so many problems in our industry, the more money I made the more ridiculous people's expectations were. This podcast is a log of my insights and mistakes on the journey to finding healthy ways for people to build software.
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I've been struggling for over 20 years to keep a healthy work/life balance on software development teams. With so many problems in our industry, the more money I made the more ridiculous people's expectations were. This podcast is a log of my insights and mistakes on the journey to finding healthy ways for people to build software.

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Episodes

Scott Nimrod on Personal Reputation vs Teamwork

3/15/2019
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Scott Nimrod is an experienced Software Consultant based out of Miami who specializes in Test Automation, WPF, Functional Programming, and a variety of other technologies. In this interview, Scott and I discuss the balance between strengthening your reputation through your personal brand as a developer, and the teamwork necessary to be successful in your career. We also touch on concepts in the interview with Woody Zuill about mob programming and the "noestimates" movement. Scott also...

Duration:01:25:08

Woody Zuill on Mob Programming and Influencing Change

3/12/2019
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Working on a software development team where everyone does their work separately - and thinking of trying something new? Today I have a special guest, Woody Zuill who is one of the leading voices in our industry around the concept of Mob Programming. If this is the first time you've heard of it, Mob Programming is essentially an entire team working together with only one person's hands on the keyboard. There are some surprising advantages to this approach that you may not have encountered...

Duration:01:08:10

How Agile Teams Grow Toxic! Ep. 4 Commitments

3/8/2019
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Does it ever feel like you'd get so much more done if it weren't for how much work people have you do to make commitments? Today I'd like to help you understand whether the development team you're on is using commitments in a way that makes sense, or will stress people out and put the software project at risk! Since most teams I have worked with aren't really agile, I'm concentrating on helping you understand the risks with commitments between the wrong people which often happens in...

Duration:00:25:03

Response to Comments on "Sprint Planning is Bullshit!"

3/5/2019
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Over the weekend I posted a video clip from episode 3 of my series on this channel "How Agile Teams Grow Toxic!" to reddit. The full video is about how teams can become unhealthy due to how % complete forecasting is done on most projects. In the clip I posted, I spoke specifically about the unpredictability of our work as software developers. There were over 100 comments on reddit alone with some other great ones here on the channel. In this video, I respond to several of these comments...

Duration:00:12:34

3 Embarrassing Software Developer Stories From My Career

3/1/2019
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With all the challenges in the software industry with languages, frameworks, and processes... It's easy to forget we're human. I've been making some really serious level 301 agile nerdgasm content lately, so I made this episode to just have some fun. Here are three stories of times I was embarrassed in my software development career. You can also watch this episode on YouTube. Visit me at JaymeEdwards.com Find me on Facebook at JaymeEdwardsMedia Find me on Twitter as @jaymeedwards

Duration:00:13:02

How Agile Teams Grow Toxic! Ep. 3 Forecasting

2/21/2019
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Deadlines! "Drop dead" dates! Changing the schedule to meet "new requirements"! Do you ever think there's gotta be a better way to do this? Well there is, and today I want to share with you some information about a topic that often bores software developers... But in my experience of working with many teams and companies, when developers are frustrated on their project - it is this topic that's often the culprit. In this video I discuss how people who pay for software development...

Duration:00:18:12

How Agile Teams Grow Toxic! Ep. 2 Hiring Talent

2/17/2019
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Be careful not to mirror the person interviewing you too much for your next software development job!

Duration:00:25:11

How Agile Teams Grow Toxic! Ep. 1 Founder Values

2/11/2019
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The core motivating value of the company's founders shouldn't be ignored when you join a software project.

Duration:00:14:19

I Quit My Software Project To Get Healthy!

2/8/2019
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I helped two consulting companies try to rescue a client's project, but ended up needing to set boundaries.

Duration:00:19:32

The Downward Spiral Of A Political Software Project

7/16/2018
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When people choose opportunities over working together - disaster can result.

Duration:00:11:37

How To Get Support To Fix A "Disruptive" Problem

7/13/2018
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Ever had to get the team to STOP to fix a problem?

Duration:00:08:34

They Watched Us With Webcams And Rewrote Our Code!

7/9/2018
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The story of a consulting project where the client's founders reacted surprisingly to our advice.

Duration:00:13:39

Lead Software Developers Better By Letting Go!

7/6/2018
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The irony of leadership is how little you can really commit to.

Duration:00:11:16

We Released Dashboards To Production Daily...At First

6/25/2018
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It can be hard keeping teams on track with a new process after I leave.

Duration:00:07:55

How To Stop Comparing Your Career To Other Developers

6/22/2018
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Stay calm while people around you jockey for money, fame - and other people's dreams...

Duration:00:10:47

John Cutler on Agile Skepticism and Making an Impact

6/18/2018
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John Cutler is a brilliant product manager who joins me as a special guest to discuss agile's controversial position in the market, and developer soft skills.

Duration:00:45:26

Are User Stories Making Your Software Project Late?

6/15/2018
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Match how detailed you are to how much certainty your stakeholders need!

Duration:00:06:56

The Scrum Team With A Hidden Agenda!

6/11/2018
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Sometimes you do a good job, but the client has other intentions...

Duration:00:07:49

Is Your Team Really Measuring Software Projects Correctly?

6/8/2018
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Sure, progress seems like an innocent thing to measure. *rolls eyes*

Duration:00:07:55

That Time I Designed A Software Product That Never Got Built

6/4/2018
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It's sad when there's not enough trust to just start on a product.

Duration:00:10:16