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Episode 116: Weekend Warrioring and Reaching the End of the Career Ladder

7/17/2018
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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions: I work at a growing start up, and while I was hired as a web dev, I have started working on unrelated but cutting-edge tech for the company during off hours. My boss has encouraged me to do this with monetary and office life bonuses, and he has reworked our business model to focus on it. The only problem is that our CEO overpromises and pushes me to my mental and physical limits for very short turnarounds. I still have to do my...

Duration:00:22:27

Episode 115: Sharing Your Salary When You Leave and Hiring Decisions Overruled

7/10/2018
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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions: Let say you accepted an offer from another company and you turned in your 2 weeks notice. If your current employer ask you how much you will be making at your new place, should you tell them? Recently I was on a panel of people hiring for my company. We were hiring for several positions and were given a fixed headcount. When it came down to the last spot we interviewed two people, one of which was a referral from someone higher up...

Duration:00:21:40

Episode 114: Story Point and Measuring Productivity (Episode 79 Rerun)

7/2/2018
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In this re-run of episode 79, Dave and Jamison answer these questions: The article comparing research on productivity in static and dynamic type systems is here. It is a great read. Jamison also mentions Goodhart’s Law. Read more about it here.

Duration:00:38:59

Episode 113: Quitting Your First Job and Too Many Responsibilities

6/25/2018
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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions: How do I quit my first job if I’m working with a manager I love? I started my first full-time job about two years ago and I’m starting to think about looking for a new job, both because I am ready for new challenges and I’m ready to move to a new city. I have a great working relationship with my boss, so a part of me wants to tell her about my interest in finding a new job, both so that I could use her for a reference and also so...

Duration:00:32:58

Episode 112: Disinterested Interviewing and Layoff Fallout

6/18/2018
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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions: Is it common for developers to take an interview without real interest in a job? Is it common for a company to reject a candidate because they think candidate is not interested in a job? Recently I had an interview and I was rejected even though I though it went really well. From internal channels in that company I learned that the interviewer thought I wasn’t really searching for a new job and was just doing interviews for fun or...

Duration:00:26:56

Episode 111: Dogma Rehab and Getting a Co-worker Fired

6/12/2018
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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions: Hello Jamison and Dave. 💕 your show! 👏 I have been a C# dev for 7 years. Last year, I learn Erlang. I fell in love with functional programming. After that I learned Elm and oh boy… I had never dreamed a compiler/computer could do so much work for me, preventing so many mistakes that would otherwise require an unholy number of “unit tests”. The thing is I can no longer find satisfaction with any job. I love to write software, but...

Duration:00:34:49

Episode 110: Team Spirit and Half-hearted Recruiting

6/4/2018
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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions: I work for small startup (fewer than 10 people). My boss wants to hire another developer and asked me to look around for people. I don’t feel particularly strongly about this team. I’ve been there for about a year, but I don’t imagine myself working there for another twelve months. I don’t want to refer my friends because I don’t want them to join a team I don’t feel good about. On the other hand, I want to work with great people....

Duration:00:27:11

Episode 109: Critical Junior Dev and Introducing New Tools

5/29/2018
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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

Duration:00:25:29

(Rerun) Episode 35: Attracting Talent and Quitting Responsibly

5/20/2018
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We’ve got another re-run this week, as Jamison and Dave both recover from being sick. We’ll be back with a new episode next week. In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions: This episode originally aired on November 15th, 2016.

Duration:00:40:48

Episode 108: An Insecure Teammate and Disclosing Past Ratings

5/13/2018
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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions: Jamison talks about the Khan Academy Engineering Principles, which are great and which you should read.

Duration:00:24:31

(Rerun) Episode 40: Office Visibility and New Tech

5/6/2018
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In this episode, Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

Duration:00:33:12

Episode 107: Silence After Interviews and Newsletter Politics

4/30/2018
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Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

Duration:00:28:00

Episode 106: Working From Home Without Rotting and Meetup Etiquette

4/22/2018
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Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

Duration:00:27:19

Episode 105: Interviewing for Management and Annoying Noises

4/12/2018
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Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

Duration:00:32:37

Episode 104: Interviews With VPs and Hiring a Tester

4/6/2018
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Dave and Jamison answer these questions: I’m a front-end web developer on a SCRUM team. Our Product Owner is also our tester, but she has a very busy schedule and she hardly has any time to test anymore. My team thinks we need a second product owner, but I think we should hire a dedicated tester to help the PO. How do I convince my team and my manager to hire a tester instead of a second product owner? We don’t work with scripted test plans or anything, so I think a dedicated tester would...

Duration:00:28:04

Episode 103: Team Dynamics and Bad Code

3/31/2018
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A listener named Dan talks about ThanksBot, an internal tool at Facebook to support gratitude. Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

Duration:00:30:34

Episode 102: Correcting English and Tyranny of the Urgent

3/24/2018
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Dave and Jamison answer these questions: Read more about the hairy arm principle and the fun memory tricks that game developers pull.

Duration:00:36:43

Episode 101: Style In Code Reviews and How To Thank My Manager

3/17/2018
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Dave and Jamison answer these questions: I recently read a paper on coding style and how it survives even through compilation and optimization!

Duration:00:30:20

Episode 99: Developer Health and Whiteboard Interviews

3/9/2018
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Dave and Jamison answer these questions: This is a pretty good summary of some of the health effects of sitting. Here is the tweet Jamison talked about.

Duration:00:32:41

Episode 98 (Rerun of Episode 57): Disliking Management and Difficult Co-workers

3/2/2018
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Dave and Jamison answer these questions:

Duration:00:34:59