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A pragmatic podcast about leadership, product dev, and tech decisions between two recovering Chief Technology Officers.

Latest Episodes

From Manager/Dev to Non-coding Manager

Right before the COVID pandemic hit, Randy was asked to take on the management of two new teams, which changed his typical role of manager-developer to strictly people management, meetings, and project tracking. Don and Randy discuss the change as it affected Randy and what he thinks is the most important factors for folks in the same boat.

31 MIN2 w ago
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From Manager/Dev to Non-coding Manager

Difficult Choices and Hard Conversations

Don and Randy talk about what's been going on with the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has affected their firms, jobs, and side projects. What does it mean to talk to folks under your wing? What kind of leadership does it take when the real world seems out of your control?

43 MINMAR 31
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Difficult Choices and Hard Conversations

Improving Visual Communication for Remote Management

Randy is making efforts to improve the communication of visual examples via remote video meetings. We discuss his first attempt to achieve online whiteboarding using a Macbook Pro, a Wacom One tablet, and a Google Jamboard.

29 MINFEB 25
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Improving Visual Communication for Remote Management

Security Concerns Keep Coming

In Don's role as CTO for AspirEDU, he has a number of security audits posed by potential customers and increasing complexity around third-party hosts. Randy keeps wanting to talk about the XFL (Part 2).

34 MINFEB 11
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Security Concerns Keep Coming

Modern Content Management Options

Don and Randy discuss content management options from the old-school Full Stack apps, WYSIWYG SaaS, and Headless + Static Site Generator options

44 MINJAN 7
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Modern Content Management Options

Automation vs Programming

Don describes his work on moving his company to Microsoft and his use of Power Apps. This leads to a discussion of the automation vs programming strategies and how this might be the future for all non-coding employment.

41 MIN2019 DEC 17
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Automation vs Programming

Switching to Services

Randy is part of a team focused on building a Service Oriented Architecture with Go. Don figures out he has always been using services, but the SOA acronym seemed to involve more than simply work. Randy explains further the use of messages, queues, and other approaches to request buffering.

33 MIN2019 NOV 12
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Switching to Services

Is Accessibility a Worthwhile Focus?

Domino's Pizza recently lost a lawsuit regarding the lack of accessibility features for their online ordering platform. Don and Randy discuss the ramifications of the decision and whether accessibility is worth the time and effort product managers might put into making their products more inclusive.

33 MIN2019 OCT 29
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Is Accessibility a Worthwhile Focus?

How Should a CTO Use Their Time?

When a CTO is juggling multiple responsibilities, people, and projects, what is the best use of their time? Randy, once again, tells Don to put down the keyboard and quit coding stuff!

32 MIN2019 OCT 1
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How Should a CTO Use Their Time?

Organizational Train Wrecks explained by College Football Dumpster Fires

In honor of the second week of the college football season, Randy and Don discuss three programs, UCLA, Tennessee, and FSU, falling into disaster scenarios and compare each with CTO failures at technology firms. We keep the football/sportsball strategy discussion to a minimum, but we do eventually call out Tennessee as the "Steve Ballmer" of college football schools. Go Rocky Top?

38 MIN2019 SEP 10
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Organizational Train Wrecks explained by College Football Dumpster Fires

Latest Episodes

From Manager/Dev to Non-coding Manager

Right before the COVID pandemic hit, Randy was asked to take on the management of two new teams, which changed his typical role of manager-developer to strictly people management, meetings, and project tracking. Don and Randy discuss the change as it affected Randy and what he thinks is the most important factors for folks in the same boat.

31 MIN2 w ago
Comments
From Manager/Dev to Non-coding Manager

Difficult Choices and Hard Conversations

Don and Randy talk about what's been going on with the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has affected their firms, jobs, and side projects. What does it mean to talk to folks under your wing? What kind of leadership does it take when the real world seems out of your control?

43 MINMAR 31
Comments
Difficult Choices and Hard Conversations

Improving Visual Communication for Remote Management

Randy is making efforts to improve the communication of visual examples via remote video meetings. We discuss his first attempt to achieve online whiteboarding using a Macbook Pro, a Wacom One tablet, and a Google Jamboard.

29 MINFEB 25
Comments
Improving Visual Communication for Remote Management

Security Concerns Keep Coming

In Don's role as CTO for AspirEDU, he has a number of security audits posed by potential customers and increasing complexity around third-party hosts. Randy keeps wanting to talk about the XFL (Part 2).

34 MINFEB 11
Comments
Security Concerns Keep Coming

Modern Content Management Options

Don and Randy discuss content management options from the old-school Full Stack apps, WYSIWYG SaaS, and Headless + Static Site Generator options

44 MINJAN 7
Comments
Modern Content Management Options

Automation vs Programming

Don describes his work on moving his company to Microsoft and his use of Power Apps. This leads to a discussion of the automation vs programming strategies and how this might be the future for all non-coding employment.

41 MIN2019 DEC 17
Comments
Automation vs Programming

Switching to Services

Randy is part of a team focused on building a Service Oriented Architecture with Go. Don figures out he has always been using services, but the SOA acronym seemed to involve more than simply work. Randy explains further the use of messages, queues, and other approaches to request buffering.

33 MIN2019 NOV 12
Comments
Switching to Services

Is Accessibility a Worthwhile Focus?

Domino's Pizza recently lost a lawsuit regarding the lack of accessibility features for their online ordering platform. Don and Randy discuss the ramifications of the decision and whether accessibility is worth the time and effort product managers might put into making their products more inclusive.

33 MIN2019 OCT 29
Comments
Is Accessibility a Worthwhile Focus?

How Should a CTO Use Their Time?

When a CTO is juggling multiple responsibilities, people, and projects, what is the best use of their time? Randy, once again, tells Don to put down the keyboard and quit coding stuff!

32 MIN2019 OCT 1
Comments
How Should a CTO Use Their Time?

Organizational Train Wrecks explained by College Football Dumpster Fires

In honor of the second week of the college football season, Randy and Don discuss three programs, UCLA, Tennessee, and FSU, falling into disaster scenarios and compare each with CTO failures at technology firms. We keep the football/sportsball strategy discussion to a minimum, but we do eventually call out Tennessee as the "Steve Ballmer" of college football schools. Go Rocky Top?

38 MIN2019 SEP 10
Comments
Organizational Train Wrecks explained by College Football Dumpster Fires
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