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43: From Computer To Analyst with Suzanne Robertson

Suzanne Robertson is a principal and founder of the Atlantic Systems Guild. She is co-author of Mastering the Requirements Process, a guide for practitioners on finding requirements and writing them so that all stakeholders understand them. Suzanne is also a member of the IEEE and the British Computer Society as well as a regular speaker at conferences and universities. In this episode Suzanne Robertson explains why you should not expect people to tell you what they need from a software...


42: It’s Interesting, Inspiring & Scary with Rex Black

Rex Black is president of RBCS. He is a testing leader, providing consulting, training and expert services. Rex has helped clients, from small start-ups to Fortune 20 global enterprises, apply testing best practice in a wide variety of development lifecycles. Rex is also a prolific author having written fourteen books and dozens of articles over the past 20 years as well as being a past president of both the ISTQB and the ASTQB. In this episode Rex Black tells us why Software Testers are...


41: You Need Mastery, Autonomy & Purpose with David J Anderson

David J Anderson is the Chairman of Lean Kanban Inc, a management training, events and publishing business which licenses its brand and franchises its events and training classes globally. David began his career as a games developer in the early 1980s and has worked at companies including IBM, Sprint, Motorola and Microsoft. He is also author of several books including the best-selling Kanban - Successful Evolutionary Change for your Technology Business. In this episode David tells us why...


40: Why You Can’t Afford To Stop Learning with Simon Brown

Simon Brown is an independent consultant specialising in software architecture. He is author of the book “Software Architecture for Developers” and creator of the C4 software architecture model. Simon is also an award winning speaker, presenting at conferences, meetups and organisations around the world. In this episode Simon Brown tells us why we can’t afford to stop learning and what we need to be doing to ensure that we don’t. Simon also explains why we need to be selective in what we...


39: Software Development Is About People with Brian P Hogan

Brian P Hogan is a web developer, teacher, book editor and musician. He is also author of several books including, “Exercises For Programmers”. Brian is currently a Technical Editor at Digital Ocean and is also a development editor at the Pragmatic Programmers as well as a panellist on the Ruby Rogues podcast. In this episode Brian tells us why software development is mostly about people and that it’s about solving problems. Brian also talks about making the most of opportunities to...


38: Develop Your Own Brand with K. Scott Allen

Scott Allen has more than 25 years of commercial software development experience across a wide range of technologies. He has successfully delivered software products for embedded, Windows and web platforms. Scott is also a Pluralsight course creator, a host on the podcast Herding Code, a published author and a conference speaker. In this episode K. Scott Allen talks about the importance of having your own brand and being able to differentiate yourself from others. Scott also tells us why...


37: Empathy, Sympathy and Compassion with Ted Neward

Ted Neward is an industry professional with over 20 years’ experience. He speaks at conferences all over the world and writes regularly for a variety of publications across the Java, .NET and other ecosystems. He currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, two sons, dog, four cats, eight laptops, seven tablets, nine phones, and a rather large utility bill. In this episode Ted talks about psychology and philosophy in I.T. and why empathy, sympathy and compassion will help you...


Looking Back & Looking Forward

In this first episode of 2018 Phil Burgess takes a look back at the first eight months of the IT Career Energizer podcast and talks about how the podcast came about. Phil also looks forward to what you can expect from the podcast in 2018, describing some of the changes and additions planned for the show.


36: Be The Subject Matter Expert with Jay Miller

Jay Miller has been a system administrator for the military and in the private sector since 2008. He actively participates in several online communities, learning to develop in different languages such as JavaScript and Python. Jay’s involvement in these communities led him to host the CodeNewbie Saturday discussions and eventually to starting the Productivity In Tech podcast. In this episode Jay talks about finding the one thing that you’re good at and why you should become the subject...


35: Learn, Build and Teach with Kent C Dodds

Kent C Dodds is a full stack JavaScript engineer at PayPal whom he represents on the TC39, which is the committee that evolves JavaScript. Kent is actively involved in the open source community with over 100 published npm packages and a contributor on many more. He is also an Egghead.io instructor, Frontend Masters instructor and Google Developer Expert. Kent is happily married and the father of four kids. He likes code, cares about craft, design, tools and architecture. In this episode...


34: Play To Your Strengths with Hans Eckman

Hans Eckman is an experienced Business Analyst who provides leadership and consulting to rapidly evolving companies. This includes helping in the development of disruptive programmes and products that drive innovation and process improvement. Hans is also an experienced conference speaker having given over 50 presentations in the U.S. and Canada. In this episode Hans tells us why it’s people and processes that determine the success of I.T. projects and why it’s your responsibility to...


33: Pride Comes Before A Fall with Heather Downing

Heather Downing is a passionate coder and entrepreneur. She is also an international technical speaker and co-host of the YouTube channel “The Hello World Show”. She also likes to encourage those with non-traditional backgrounds to enter the world of software development and is an advocate of women in tech. In this episode Heather talks about how she started her career in I.T. and why you should consider becoming a thought leader in your field, even early on in your career. Heather also...


32: Stop Trying To Do It All with Cory House

Cory House is a Pluralsight author, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, Software Architect, international speaker and principal at React JS Consulting. He has trained over 10,000 software developers at conferences and businesses worldwide on clean coding practices, front-end development, testing and software architecture. Cory currently specializes in JavaScript and front-end development using React. In this episode Cory talks about the impact that public speaking has had on his career...


31: Go Where People Haven’t Already Been with Rob Conery

Rob Conery has been working in the technology field since 1998 as a DBA and then a web developer, originally with a focus on Microsoft ASP.NET. Rob is also author of The Imposter’s Handbook, which is a compendium of skills and concepts for any self-taught programmer. In this episode Rob talks about his career in IT, sharing his worst career moment and greatest successes. Rob also discusses why you should consider going where others haven’t been before, why an IT career needs to be fun and...


30: Find A Horse To Ride with Steve Smith

Steve Smith is an entrepreneur and software developer with a passion for building quality software as effectively as possible. He provides mentoring and training workshops for teams with the desire to improve. Steve has been recognised as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for over 10 consecutive years and is a frequent speaker at software developer conferences and events. In this episode Steve talks about why you should identify with an individual or an organisation that is...


29: It’s Important To Have A Purpose with Stewart Noakes

Stewart Noakes has been an I.T. consultant since the mid 90s. In 2000 Stewart set up TCL, an independent software testing consultancy, growing the company to around 150 employees. TCL was subsequently acquired by Qualitest in 2012. Stewart has since used his entrepreneurial experience to help both new and established organisations to innovate and change. In this episode Stewart tells us that we need to be able to identify the gap between where we are in our career now and where we want to...


28: Put Your Skills Into Context with Eoin Woods

Eoin Woods is a professionally qualified technical architect with over twenty years’ experience in the capital markets and software product domains. Eoin is a regular conference speaker as well as a published author, which includes being co-author of the book “Software Systems Architecture” and Chief Technical Officer at Endava. In this episode Eoin tells us why our skills have both a software engineering and a commercial value. Eoin also talks about the unpredictability of future...


27: You Need A Career Game Plan with Emily Atkinson

Emily Atkinson is a software engineer and Managing Director of DevelopHer, formerly Girls In Tech UK. Emily is passionate about encouraging others to learn more and has an interest in the crossover with tech and education. She is also a regular speaker at events and workshops. In this episode Emily talks about the importance of having a career development plan and how it will help to propel your career forward. Emily also tells us why we need to be continually challenged and why you...


26: You Must Learn The Basics First with El Mehdi Marhoum

Visit itcareerenergizer.com for complete show notes of every episode El Mehdi Marhoum is the Co-President and Co-Founder of benel Solutions. He describes himself as an entrepreneur and lifelong hacker, and an expert in developing and architecting scalable and innovative software solutions. Prior to founding benel Solutions El Medhi was an Enterprise Solutions Architect having started out as a Software Engineer. In this episode El Mehdi tells us why I.T. professionals need to be patient...


25: You Need To Be A Good Speaker with Will Bushee

Will Bushee has been involved in technology startups his entire career. As a leading expert on web harvesting, he runs BrightPlanet and has 8 US patents on Deep Web harvesting. He is also author of “Wired for Coding,” a guide for IT students on how to stand out from the crowd and land their first job. In this episode Will Bushee discusses why I.T. professionals need to be good speakers and how it can benefit your career. Will also talks about the importance of conducting yourself...


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