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#070 Find a Problem You Care About and Think Differently About Solving It with Dylan Beattie

Guest Bio: Dylan is a software architect, conference speaker, and musician. He designs APIs and distributed systems based on Microsoft .Net and he also helps to run the London .Net User Group. Episode Description: In this episode, Phil talks with software architect Dylan Beattie about everything from understanding that software is not always the solution to a problem, avoiding getting burnt out, how writing websites can eventually get you speaking at conferences halfway around the...


#069 Build Strong Work Relationships and Keep Moving Forward With Ben Stopford

Guest Bio: Ben is a technologist working in the Office of the CTO at Confluent Inc (the company behind Apache Kafka), where he has worked on a wide range of projects, from implementing the latest version of Kafka’s replication protocol through to developing strategies for streaming applications. Before Confluent, Ben led the design and build of a company-wide data platform for a large financial institution, as well as working on a number of early service-oriented systems, both in finance...


#068 You Need To Experiment With Your Skillset With Daniel Bryant

Guest Bio: Daniel Bryant is a technology specialist with expertise in the design, development, and deployment of enterprise-grade software applications and platforms. Daniel also excels in leading teams that build these systems, and regularly shares his knowledge by presenting at international conferences and writing for well-known technology websites. Episode Description: In this episode, Phil talks with Daniel Bryant about the benefits of working in a variety of areas across IT and...


#067 Get Excited About The Future Of IT With Dan North

Guest Bio: Dan North is the originator of Behaviour-Driven Development and Deliberate Discovery. He has been coaching, coding, and consulting for over 25 years and uses his knowledge to help CIOs, businesses, and software teams to deliver quickly and successfully. Dan is also a frequent speaker at conferences and has contributed to a number of books, including 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know. Episode Description: In this episode, Dan shares his excitement on how wide open the...


#066 Stay Creative and Step Outside Your Comfort Zone with Shawn Rakowski

Guest Bio: Shawn Rakowski is a seasoned software developer with Gullview Technologies out of Brainerd Minnesota, where he specializes in delivering full stack .NET solutions. Shawn is also a husband, father, conference speaker, blogger, former podcaster, aspiring entrepreneur, and game dev hobbyist. Episode Description: In this episode, Shawn explains the value of taking time for personal creative projects to challenge yourself and create a more diverse portfolio and skills set. Shawn...


#065 Learn Foundational Concepts & Principles First with Nicki Watt

Welcome to episode #065 of the I.T. Career Energiser, a weekly podcast where your host Phil Burgess chats with inspiring I.T. professionals, consultants and experts from around the world. To find out more about the podcast visit itcareerenergizer.com And remember to Subscribe to get new episodes automatically downloaded to your device. In today’s episode, Phil chats with featured guest, Nicki Watt. Nicki is an experienced software engineer and consultant and is currently the Chief...


#064 Embrace Change and New Challenges with Gualtiero Bazzana

In today’s episode, Phil chats with featured guest, Gualtiero Bazzana. Gualtiero is the president of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board, more commonly known as the ISTQB. He is also president of the Italian STQB and a regional director of Alten, which is a technology and engineering consultancy in Italy. KEY TAKEAWAYS BEST MOMENTS (13:58) The Reveal Round: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gualtiero-bazzana-ba61828/ ABOUT THE HOST Phil Burgess, an I.T. consultant,...


#063 You Need To Understand Values with Phil Lew

Welcome to the I.T. Career Energizer Podcast In this episode Phil Burgess talks to Phil Lew who is C.E.O and President of XBOSoft, a leading provider of software quality engineering services. Phil has 25 years of experience in the software industry and has an interesting and solid view of how you should conduct yourself in pursuit of finding the correct career. During those 25 years he has experienced frustration at his own progress before finding his own career path. KEY TAKEAWAYS from...


#062 Identify Your Core Values with April Wensel

DESCRIPTION Welcome to The IT Career Energizer. Phil Burgess introduces his guest April Wensel by telling us April is an international speaker and the founder of Compassionate Coding a social enterprise bringing emotional intelligence and social consciousness to the software industry. April is also a mentor and a keen advocate of diversity and inclusiveness in the industry. KEY TAKEAWAYS Phil Burgess starts the interview with April Wensel by asking her to expand on his summery and...


#061 Be In Control Of Your Career With Sandro Mancuso

DESCRIPTION Welcome to the I.T. Career Energizer Podcast. In this episode Phil Burgess has Sandro Mancuso as his guest. Sandro is an international and inspiring I.T. consultant, a speaker who is the co- founder of Codurance and the founder of The London Craftmanship Community. Sandro is the author of The Software Craftsman. It can be appreciated that Sandro Mancuso with 22 years experience in software gives sound advice to all who are looking to succeed in whatever field they work...


60. Learn How To Sell Yourself With Jeremy Likness

Today’s episode should be very interesting not only for I.T. enthusiasts but also for everyone else who wants to upscale their game in their career. Our guest today is Jeremy Likness, a cloud developer advocate for Microsoft and he has one great piece of advice for you – be comfortable selling yourself! Jeremy’s career has spanned over 20 years which he says has mostly focused on communicating with clients and customers. And, he proves that it really made a difference in his career when...


59: Don't Take Advice From Idiots with Bill Wagner

Bill Wagner is one of the world’s foremost C# developers and a member of the ECMA C# Standards Committee. He is currently with Microsoft, working on the .NET Core Content Team. Bill is also an author, blogger and creator of learning materials for developers interested in the C# language and .NET Core. In this episode Bill Wagner tells us why we should only take advice from people who have relevant experience in what we want to do. Bill also provides helpful insights into his own use of...


58: It’s Not All About You with Adda Birnir

Adda Birnir is founder and CEO of Skillcrush, an online tech education company that helps students make a career change into tech. Prior to founding Skillcrush, Adda worked as a developer, building web applications for companies such as the New York Times and ProPublica. In this episode Adda Birnir tells us why we must always be thinking about our customer’s problems and how we can solve them. Adda also talks about her transition into a tech career from a liberal arts degree and how it...


57: You Should Always Be Learning with Hadi Hariri

Hadi Hariri leads the Developer Advocacy team at Jet Brains and spends as much time as he can writing code. He has authored a couple of books, a few courses and has been speaking at regular events for over 15 years. In this episode Hadi tells us why we should always dedicate time to continue to learning new things and why persistence and consistency can pay off. Hadi also talks about our self-imposed limitations and his thoughts about the future of machine learning. To find out more...


56: You Must Take Care of Yourself with Dave Fancher

Dave Fancher has been building software for more than a decade. He is the owner of Achiiv Solutions as well as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, a Pluralsight author and author of “The Book of F#”. Dave is also active within the software development community and has spoken at numerous events throughout the United States. In this episode Dave Fancher tells us why we need to keep our own best interests in mind and that you need to be cognizant of potential burnout. Dave also talks...


55: Make The Most of Your Opportunities with Monica Beckwith

Monica Beckwith is an independent performance consultant and trainer optimizing customer applications and systems running the Java Virtual Machine. Monica is also a regular speaker at conferences and is co-author of the ‘Java Performance Companion’. In this episode Monica Beckwith tells us why we need to be proactive when opportunities present themselves and how you can avoid getting lost in large organisations. Monica also talks about challenges in her own career and why you should never...


54: Learn, Learn, Learn with Dan Wahlin

Dan Wahlin is founder of the Wahlin Group which provides consulting and training services on Web technologies such as JavaScript, jQuery and SharePoint. He is also one of the top authors at Pluralsight and has published several courses covering a range of technologies. As well as being a Microsoft Regional Director and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups. In this episode Dan Wahlin tells us why we need to be honest and respectful of others and why those that continue to learn...


53: Find Your Incredible Peer Group with Gene Kim

Gene Kim has been researching high-performing technology organizations since 1999. He’s a multiple award-winning CTO, Tripwire founder, co-author of The DevOps Handbook, The Phoenix Project, and Visible Ops. Gene is also a DevOps Researcher and is passionate about IT operations, security and compliance, and how IT organizations successfully transform from "good to great”. In this episode Gene Kim tells us why we need to surround ourselves with the best people in our field and why he...


52: You Need To Be A Problem Solver with Jeff Patton

Jeff Patton is an independent consultant, providing training, coaching and consulting services. He has designed and developed software for the past 20 years on a wide variety of projects from on-line aircraft parts ordering to electronic medical records. Jeff has also authored numerous articles, essays and, most recently, a book, “User Story Mapping”. In this episode Jeff Patton tells us why we need to spend time with the people who will use the software we deliver. Jeff also talks about...


51: You Must Always Ask Questions with David McGimpsey

David McGimpsey is UK-born and Australian raised. David has been in Information Technology since 1992, when he started working as an IT assistant, crawling around on the floor fixing hardware. Shortly afterward, following a literal stroke; and a stroke of luck; David got the opportunity to travel the world, managing the IT systems of a marketing firm. Today, David is a communication skills trainer, based in Japan, and has just released his first book. In this episode David McGimpsey tells...