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Refactored #047: “Inevitable Heat Death of the Company” On this episode of Refactored… The guys pick apart some more detail and nuance about stocks and options. Which industry names things the worst? The guys debate. Healthcare? Tech? Finance? Frank comes in hot with a Grand Unified Theory of solving problems. Are tech problems actually business pr…
 
Refactored #046: “Take Stock of Your Options” On this episode of Refactored… Chris is the worst, man. Like, why the holdup bro? We want our dang episodes already. Geeze. Frank once again launches into an entire tirade about how ALL DigitalOcean executives should be jailed. The guys talk equity. LOTS of ground covered at fairly high level, including…
 
Refactored #045: “The Best Pizza for your Flooz” On this episode of Refactored… The guys get some props from friend of the show and Podomatic co-founder Justin. Hi Justin! Apparently we’re pretty hardcore! The guys like, from their perspective, think that, maybe, like, people should pay attention to, um, how they speak. For #@!& sake! Frank explain…
 
Refactored #044: “Do Healthcare Apps Suck?" On this episode of Refactored… Frank intros a new topic, and the guys quickly agree on why healthcare apps all suck. It is Thanos inevitable. Conway’s Law is brought up indirectly: “Any organization that designs a system (defined broadly) will produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization…
 
Refactored #042: “Fun and Games” On this episode of Refactored… The Rona is rounding Castle Koehl, and the guys wind up discussing the different learning styles of their kids… the stubborn little adorable petri dishes that they are. Frank talks about some of the games he’s backed on Kickstarter (shout out to Ender Lilies), and professes his love fo…
 
Refactored #041: “Knowing your Core Business” On this episode of Refactored… Chris needs sleep like a little tiny baby ever since he got a creature comfort patch into Rails. The guys agree that contrary to popular opinion, most attorneys are actually wonderful humans; they’re lovely colleagues who just want to do the right thing. The guys discuss N…
 
Refactored #040: “Paying People in Des Moines” On this episode of Refactored… Audio production turns out to be kinda hard. The guys wonder aloud whether anyone makes a living specializing in this stuff. Donut gave Frank the opportunity to chat about geographical pay differentails. The guys unpack some longer-term market predictions. Chris barely av…
 
Refactored #039: “PHP Still Runs the Web” On this episode of Refactored… Chris is staring down the barrel of yet another performance issue with one of his platforms. Why can’t this guy do software better? Frank has some choice words for Entity Framework - but how does it stack up against Hibernate and Active Record? Chris gets nitpicky. Somehow the…
 
Refactored #038: “Driving with the TV On” On this episode of Refactored… Frank changes careers; on track to become renowned NASCAR driver, sponsored by CoolerMaster. Frank brings up Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings (no spoilers) and the guys wind up making a bevy of movie & show recommendations. Frank makes a big deal about being a philoso…
 
Refactored #037: “Performance Optimization” On this episode of Refactored… Frank ages, realtime. He is so old and tired he can barely make it through the show. The guys talk breaking and entering - both home and cyber. Do you know how easy it is to get through most doors? How easy it is to pick a lock? The guys briefly discuss IDS/IPS technology, a…
 
Refactored #036: “Market Expansion” On this episode of Refactored… Audition automatically upgraded to “enhance” our sound experience. Yay. Ryan Reynolds and Tommy Lee Jones enter the chat as the guys discuss the MVNOs Mint and Ting. Frank complains about professionals who don’t pay for their software. Do your daily-driver tools fall off the back of…
 
Refactored #035: “Situational Awareness” On this episode of Refactored… Chris spends far too much time kvetching about how Plex broke PiP on iOS. Is there a hidden lesson about reading the room? You decide. Frank drops this glorious truth bomb: “Don’t look for the presence of compliments, look for the absence of complaints.” The guys (after some ar…
 
Refactored #034: “Parallel Career Tracks” On this episode of Refactored… Franks company has built a new Parallel Track Ladder: and spoiler alert, there are NO numbers (e.g. “Developer I,” “Developer II,” etc.) The guys discuss skills transferrability between individual contribution and management. Are they the same? How much overlap is there? Chris…
 
Refactored #033: “Policy is a Shield, Not a Sword” On this episode of Refactored… Frank regretfully rescinds his earlier recommendation of Fnatic mice from Refactored 004: Creature Comforts. Chris regretfully rescinds the show notes from Refactored 004: Creature Comforts because at the time, he confused Fnatic with Fantech and nobody caught the err…
 
Refactored #032: “Is Your Basement a Cloud?" On this episode of Refactored… The guys kvetch about people inadvertently making our highways worse when they think they are helping. Is this low-brow watercooler small talk, or a veiled exploration on the broader topic of unintended consequences represented through allegory using motorists with a hero c…
 
Refactored #031: “Bridge the Gap” On this episode of Refactored… The guys follow-up on the talent shortage. Turns out, there just aren’t enough people. Frank asserts (as a manager) you probably have good leverage to restructure your overall benefits offering, and Chris voices the corollary that (as an employee) it’s a good time to “shop it around.”…
 
Refactored #030: “Deere John, I Quit” On this episode of Refactored… The guys go on vacation… or do they? Frank has the unmitigated gall to practice self-care, while Chris works during PTO to achieve maximum self-flagellation. Chris thinks he has a bad power supply unit in his PC, and asks Frank for advice. Frank rails against sales practices that …
 
Refactored #029: “The Great Resignation” On this episode of Refactored… Chris has lots to complain about on Fast Company’s recent article The ‘Great Resignation’ is here. This is how employers should prepare. Frank has a real bone to pick with those lazy MotherFAANGers from the Silicon Valley. In older other news, the guys discuss why Google wants …
 
Refactored #028: “Observability” On this episode of Refactored… The guys discuss software system observability at some length: infrastructure, application performance, and business transaction monitoring. Frank vomits in the back of his mouth when Chris says “surfacing revelant insights.” Chris likes dockprom as a convenient onramp to the Prometheu…
 
Refactored #027: “The Iron Triangle” On this episode of Refactored… You can’t beat the triple constraint… what’s a tech leader to do? Frank points out that Mother Nature always bats last. Chris shares his philosophy around avoiding bad suprises. Frank promises to write an article. When? About what? Will he deliver? Fred Brooks has entered the chat …
 
Refactor chats with Armard Bellamy (Software Engineering Manager, Guru). Hear Armard's inspiring story of overcoming incredible adversity to realize his dream of becoming a Software Engineer. Whether you're in tech, considering tech, or looking for inspiration, Armard's story will resonate with anyone who has ever been told "no." You'll discover ho…
 
Refactored #026: “Bottom Line Up Front” On this episode of Refactored… The guys agree, your goal should be oriented towards higher-order work. Office Space killed the term “TPS Report.” Chris draws a hard line: if it’s not in Git, it doesn’t exist. It’s unclear if he would accept Mercurial or Bazaar as acceptable substitutes. Frank, reporting live …
 
Refactored #025: “Multitasking Shmultitasking” On this episode of Refactored… Multitasking - is it actually a thing? Generally… well, no. No, it’s not. Everyone agrees. Does your team have to communicate up and down the Chain of Command for everything? You may have a chest-puffy boss or some lame-o teammates. Chris reveals the true motivation of le…
 
Refactored #023: “Running Interference” On this episode of Refactored… The guys redesign https://refactored.work/ and it looks friggin hot. As an American citizen, does Tony Stark have feudal right to reinstitute Primae Noctis? The guys gush over Haml and Stylus. Chris almost invented a Ruby preprocessor (but didn’t — you’re welcome). Chris didn’t …
 
Refactored #022: “Returning to the Office” On this episode of Refactored… Google is going all out on their return to office transition plan. The Times reports, Verge covers, and the guys add much commentary: sit/stand desks inflatable walls lots of cameras utter tonedeafness For some people, remote work is a bug, not a feature. The guys debate. Chr…
 
Refactored #021: “The Career Schema Project” On this episode of Refactored… Everyone knows the only reason to get into computer science is for the chicks. Chris announces the creation of the Career Schema Project! The CSP mission is to bring betten access and equity to the search process by developing open standards and technology to reduce the tim…
 
Refactor talks with Stephen Sye & Malcolm Coley at Futures First Gaming about their dynamic e-gaming program. Stephen and Malcolm discuss the history of the company, their community outreach, and the growing impact of e-gaming as it expands educational and professional opportunities for young gamers.…
 
Refactored #020: “Three and a Half Resume Boosters” On this episode of Refactored… Frank proffers three résumé boosters in his not-so-humble opinion. Or is it four? Experience freelancing, or bootstrapping a startup Open Source involvement - particularly creating & maintaining Writing articles, blogging, publications, documentation, patents (*gasp*…
 
Refactored #019: “Hiring That Still Doesn’t Suck” On this episode of Refactored… The verdict is in - the job listing is different from your job description. The guys are far more humble than you. And each other. Don’t use “ninja,” “rockstar,” “wizard,” et. al. in your job listing. Chris thinks it’s hyperbolic, disrespectful cancer; Frank thinks it’…
 
Refactored #018: “Hiring That Doesn’t Suck” On this episode of Refactored… Frank and Chris explain their old funnel-shaped hiring process that was reductive… until it wasn’t. Resume Screen Automated Code Test HR Screen Resume & Documentation Review Human Call Nerd Call The guys elaborate on their “two to say yes; maybe means no” policy. Frank would…
 
Refactored #017: “Open Source Licenses” On this episode of Refactored… The guys explore copyright vs copyleft, and it turns out Chris is Duke Silver. Do you need to be worried about GPL code? In the datacenter, probably not. In your frontend, much worry, very yes. LGPL is probably fine just about anywhere but AGPL is too disco for Chris… and probab…
 
Refactored #016: “Sound Quality” On this episode of Refactored… The guys discuss the merits of having a decent microphone, particularly for remote work. Chris argues video backgrounds are terrible. Frank wonders “what’s the deal” with Zoom Fatigue? Everyone hates their own voice (at first). The guys recommend recording and listening to yourself any…
 
Refactored #015: “Play to Your Strengths” On this episode of Refactored… Freeeeeedoooom! … it’s too much for some people. Not everyone is an Entrepreneur. Frank draws a compelling parallel[ogram] between a business team and a soccer team. Chris wants his team to screw up constantly (read: he gives them a mandate to make new mistakes in good faith).…
 
Refactored #014: “Hanlon’s Razor” On this episode of Refactored… The guys totally nailed a prediction about Nvidia, but with a crazy twist. Frank is bullish on the “javascriptless” Hotwire framework, but Chris has questions. Chris invokes Hanlon’s Razor: “never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” Frank laments a co…
 
Refactored #013: “Silence Is Golden” On this episode of Refactored… The little voice inside Chris' head has him worried he’s being fired. The guys discuss the value in being silent as a leader. What are you hiring for? Culture? Attitude? Like-mindedness? The guys debate. Someone makes the insane accusation that HR exists for a reason. Hundreds of t…
 
Refactored #012: “Firmware Shall Be Broken” On this episode of Refactored… Frank and Chris discuss the ongoing silicon shortage that is bottlenecking multiple industries. Nvidia announces a line of cryptocurrency mining-specific GPUs which Chris thinks is probably fine but which Frank argues is antagonistic to their customer base. Either way, the g…
 
Refactor welcomes its first official guest, Maggie Pierse. The crew chats with Maggie about her journey from cafe manager to software developer, including her thought process as she decided to make the leap into tech. Maggie also talks about how she works through imposter syndrome that so many of us experience, as well as how she has adapted to nea…
 
Refactored #011: “Technical Debt” On this episode of Refactored… Frank argues that not everything has to be automated with Terraform while Chris plays devil’s advocate. The Pareto Principle is discussed, which is the observation that about 80% of your results come from about 20% of your effort. The guys talk briefly about GCP and AWS, and then disc…
 
Refactored #010: “Navigating Change” On this episode of Refactored… Chris builds some trust with his team, and feels good about it. Frank likes to focus on the facts and the situation, and eschew individual emotion. Simon Sinek has entered the chat as the guys discuss his book Start with Why. Chris is in love with his UPS-analogy for why things don…
 
Refactored #009: “Security is Everywhere and Nowhere” On this episode of Refactored… Is “security” a dedicated person/team/pursuit? Frank draws a hard line about what ought while Chris remains cranky about what is. The guys discuss the OWASP Top 10 and Chris gets brownie points for knowing what OWASP actually stands for. The guys agree you should 1…
 
In Refactor's inaugural episode, hear from podcast hosts Chris Nobles (Software Engineer/Instructor), Kay Fennimore (Software Engineer) and Dan Stabb (Admissions Manager/Professional Development Coach) as they talk about their journey into tech. They also discuss the ways aspiring technologists can make the leap into various fields of technology.…
 
Refactored #008: “What Are You Optimizing For?" On this episode of Refactored… Technology does not (necessarily) progress monotonically, and Chris provides several examples complains a lot. Between the two of them, the guys manage to stumble through a brief history of HipChat, Stride, Slack, and Atlassian. Frank takes a bold stand: Microsoft is inc…
 
Refactored #007: “Digital Transformation” On this episode of Refactored… The guys agree that you don’t need to digitize All The Things. Frank asserts that backups should be simple while Chris asserts they should be automated. These may not be mutually exclusive. Digital Transformation… do you put the emphasis on the “digital” or on the “transformat…
 
Refactored #006: “Security Acronym Soup” On this episode of Refactored… Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull have entered the chat as the guys discuss The Peter Principle. Frank touts himself as the Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson of his organization. Chris can’t figure out how to get real feedback from his direct reports. Frank opines on skip-level meetin…
 
Refactored #005: “DIE, Cattle, DIE!" On this episode of Refactored… While the physiology of “screen time” is universally bad, there ARE very meaningful variations, cognitively. Frank and Chris tease apart why they think the technology sector seems disproportionately led by non-technologists. SolarWinds (and many of their customers) were victimized …
 
Refactored #004: “Creature Comforts” On this episode of Refactored… The guys talk a lot about office ergonomics, and especially keyboards (like the Fantech and Moonlander), mice (like the MX Master). Frank declares himself Ron Swanson. The guys explain why they like to let developers choose their own equipment, and how they approach that. Everyone …
 
Refactored #003: “Working With a 10x Developer” On this episode of Refactored… Top lessons learned from working with a 10x developer by Jeffrey Bakker The guys debate the definition of “Legacy” code. Frank says it boils down to age & depedencies, while Chris thinks it has more to do with a [lack of] control. The guys agree that code reviews MUST be…
 
Refactored #002: “Continuous Reflection” On this episode of Refactored… Chris shares that everything he does is always in beta, just like the Gmail of yore. Frank has questions about the “Continuous Reflection” process Chris implemented to replace boring & useless HR annual reviews. The guys agree that career goals are a good thing to think about. …
 
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