Podcast Episodes

Take Control of Your Life

Actively setting and reviewing goals helps to maintain focus and motivation. It gives significance to our long term improvements.

Using a Time Tracker to Improve Your Career

Will starts the episode out explaining why he started tracking his own time. He describes feeling like his career wasn't going where he wanted and that he never had enough time to get everything done. The guys then discuss why using a time tracker can improve both your career and your personal life. On explaining how to use one they break it down into short and long term processes.

Death Marches

Death Marches are typically characterized by heavy turnover, burnout, and timelines that are too aggressive to actually meet. They usually come about though poor management or a disconnect between developers and other departments like sales. Rapid growth may also lead to a death march. Growth of the team or growth of the company if it is a startup.

Why Developers Hate Distractions

Coming out of a holiday week the guys full on turkey and dressing discuss the impact that distractions have on developers and productivity as well as ways for both developers and management to minimize the amount to distractions faced by developers in a day.

Substance Abuse Among Developers

This being a holiday week the guys chose to air a special episode on substance abuse. This was originally part of the Mental Health episode but BJ went "Full Med Student" on the notes and produced a few shows. As many of us gather with our families this week we can see issues with substance abuse come out more than at other times. Part of this is from not having the responsibility of getting up and going to work and part from the stress that usually comes with travel and large gatherings. In this episode Will and BJ discuss some of the signs and symptoms of substance abuse as well as what to do if you suspect you or someone you know may need help.

Finding What Motivates You

https://media.blubrry.com/completedeveloperpodcast/p/content.blubrry.com/completedeveloperpodcast/CDP-Episode0011-Finding_What_Motivates_You.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (41.4MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Email | RSS | MoreThis week the guys discuss ways to find motivation and self motivate in times when developers are down and discouraged. They begin by looking at Frederick Hersberg’s study on the two factors that influence employee ...

Ten Reasons You Might Not Want To Go Into Development

https://media.blubrry.com/completedeveloperpodcast/p/content.blubrry.com/completedeveloperpodcast/CPD-Episode0010-Ten_Reasons_You_Might_Not_Want_To_Go_Into_Development.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (48.2MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Email | RSS | MoreIn this the tenth episode Will and BJ discuss ten reasons a programmer or hobbyist might not want to go into full time development. It is best to know early on in your career or ...

The Customer is NOT Always Right

https://media.blubrry.com/completedeveloperpodcast/p/content.blubrry.com/completedeveloperpodcast/CDP-Episode0009-The_Customer_Is_NOT_Always_Right.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (53.4MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Email | RSS | MoreBut They Are NEVER Wrong! In Episode 9 Will and BJ discuss a common misconception in the workplace. The idea that the customer is always right. They begin by looking at why this attitude is hurtful ...

Managing Perceptions: Sales

https://media.blubrry.com/completedeveloperpodcast/p/content.blubrry.com/completedeveloperpodcast/CDP-Episode0008-Managing_Perceptions_Sales.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (52.0MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Email | RSS | MoreThis week BJ keeps his promise and brings an episode on understanding the roles and relationship of sales to development. The guys begin with a discussion on the importance of sales and what they do ...

Episode 7: Nine Beliefs Developers Have That Aren’t True

In this episode the guys discuss beliefs that developers hold (or act as if they hold) that simply are not true. They delve into commonly held yet erroneous beliefs that developers tend to have about work, employers, other departments, and more. While it is not an exhaustive list they cover everything from interacting with others to interacting with databases, to changing specs mid project, and misunderstandings about how business works.