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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 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...

Duration: 00:23:03

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...

Duration: 00:17:28

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...

Duration: 00:26:16

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...

Duration: 00:20:14

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...

Duration: 00:20:43

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...

Duration: 00:35:55

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...

Duration: 00:16:31

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...

Duration: 00:15:54

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...

Duration: 00:17:01

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

Visit 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...

Duration: 00:23:34

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...

Duration: 00:29:48

24: You Don’t Have To Know Everything with Ryland Leyton

Ryland Leyton is a Certified Business Analyst Professional having worked in the I.T. industry since the late 90s. Ryland is also a conference speaker and an agile coach for the International Institute of Business Analysis as well as author of the book “The Agile Business Analyst: Moving From Waterfall To Agile”. In this episode Ryland talks about the continued popularity of agile, how business need to adapt to new ways of working and why none of your experiences are ever wasted. Ryland...

Duration: 00:39:00

23: You’ve Got To Get Your Name Out There with Kevin Beaver

Kevin Beaver has more than 28 years of experience in I.T., the last 22 years of which have been dedicated to computer and information security. Kevin is author or co-author of a dozen information security books including the best-selling Hacking For Dummies, Hacking Wireless Networks For Dummies and the Practical Guide to HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance. As well as a prolific writer, Kevin is also creator and author of the Security On Wheels information security audio programs. In...

Duration: 00:31:24

22: It’s The Results That Matter with Thomas LaRock

Thomas LaRock is a Head Geek at SolarWinds and a Microsoft Certified Master, Microsoft Data Platform MVP, VMware vExpert, and former Microsoft Certified Trainer. Thomas has over 20 years’ experience in the I.T. industry in roles such as programmer, developer, analyst and database administrator. In this episode Thomas explains why people don’t care about effort or how difficult something is to achieve. Thomas also talks about the importance of being a generalist even when you are a...

Duration: 00:29:37

21: Don’t Let Your Fear Hold You Back with David Rael

David Rael describes himself as a dad, problem solver, software creator and productivity expert. David is also host of the podcast Developer On Fire which he started in 2015 as a way of stepping outside of his comfort zone. In this episode David talks about the need to take action and providing value. David also discusses the importance of family and why you should continually test your understanding as you learn new things. To find out more about this episode, visit the show notes page...

Duration: 00:27:47

20: You Can Reverse Engineer Your Job Hunt with Laurence Bradford

Laurence Bradford is the creator of Learn To Code With Me, helping people to get ahead in their careers and ultimately find more fulfilment in their lives. Laurence has developed a passion for education and specialises in product education and product management in the EdTech industry. In this episode Laurence talks about how you can reverse engineer your job hunt, why you shouldn’t try to learn multiple coding languages at the same time and why machine learning, artificial intelligence...

Duration: 00:22:52

19: Develop A Positive Work Ethic with Paul Rayment

Paul Rayment is a seasoned I.T. professional having worked in the I.T. industry for more than 20 years. Paul is currently a senior project manager for Wilson Legal Solutions, who provide independent advice and consultancy to law firms in partnership with I.T. solution providers in the legal sector. In this episode Paul talks about his I.T. career journey and how motivation and hard work are essential for success. Paul also discusses the importance of being positive and professional as...

Duration: 00:53:29

18: Keep Your Mind Open and Your Brain Engaged with Robert C Martin

Robert C Martin (Uncle Bob) has been a software professional since 1970 and has worked in various capacities on hundreds of software projects. In 2001 Robert initiated the meeting of the group that created Agile Software Development from Extreme Programming techniques. Robert is also author of several books on programming and is a regular speaker at international conferences and trade shows. In this episode Robert talks about the maturity of the I.T. industry, why continual learning is so...

Duration: 00:35:17

17: Being Known and Influential with Paul Gerrard

Paul Gerrard is an internationally renowned and award-winning software engineering consultant, author and coach. He is also host of the Assurance Leadership Forum for senior assurance and testing practitioners as well as being a popular keynote speaker. In this episode Paul talks about why bad experiences are good experiences, why you should under promise and over deliver as well as why you should volunteer for unusual activities. To find out more about this episode, visit the show notes...

Duration: 00:42:04

16: The Impact of Miscommunication with Cory Lebson

Cory Lebson has been a user experience consultant for over 20 years with a primary focus on user research & evaluation and UX training. Cory is also author of “The UX Careers Handbook” and is a LinkedIn Learning instructor as well as a frequent writer and speaker on UX methods and career related topics. In this episode Cory talks about the impact of miscommunication, why leadership is not the only career path and why you should always be prepared for change. To find out more about this...

Duration: 00:31:50

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