38: Kubernetes Exploits, Bernie Madoff, and Minimal Skepticism
December 18th, 2018
37: Review of the State of JS Survey
December 4th, 2018
36: Crossover Episode - The World vs React (Nuff Said)
November 20th, 2018
35: Should We Open Source This Code?
November 7th, 2018
Don and his company, AspirEDU, decided to open source a small bit of code for the first time for the Django community. We discuss the various considerations--across proprietary, support, and licensing questions--the …
34: Adventures in Interviewing
October 23rd, 2018
Randy is moving to Kansas City and exploring new job opportunities both local and remote, which has him in the thick of a variety of interviewing processes. Don and Randy discuss the good and bad about some of the …
33: Build vs Buy and Disrupting Processes
October 9th, 2018
We're back after a couple-week break! Don and Randy discuss the ever-debated strategy of building versus buying your software solutions. But they up …
32: Handling Critical Feature Updates
September 11th, 2018
Don's firm recently underwent its first major platform upgrade and we discuss the various ways they prepared, tested, and worked through the changes, all the way up to the dreaded "point of no return."
31: Elon Musk and Leading Your Team to Burnout
August 21st, 2018
30: Debating (Angrily) the Responsibility of Cross-platform Support
August 14th, 2018
29: Betting on Vue JS with Gregg Pollack
August 1st, 2018
28: When People Don't Listen to You
July 17th, 2018
We discuss the inevitable issue of bosses, owners, managers, and clients not listening to every bit of advice we offer up. From ignoring the …
27: When Everything's Going Wrong
July 3rd, 2018
How do you get things back on track when everything from the engine to the caboose is falling off? We discuss steps to take when everything and anything is spiraling downward on a tech project.
26: Stakeholder Types and Working With Them
June 26th, 2018
We discuss the various types of stakeholders that a technology leader may need to deal as being part of a company or a particular product. We discuss …
25: Thinking About Dependencies
June 12th, 2018
24: Learning as a Cultural Component with Griffin Caprio
June 5th, 2018
23: GDPR Pain and Projects Outside Your Expertise
May 29th, 2018
22: Compassionate Coding with April Wensel
May 22nd, 2018
21: Meetings, Schmeetings
May 15th, 2018
20: Social Media Side-Effects
May 1st, 2018
19: Networking for Introverts
April 24th, 2018
17: Identity Heft
April 10th, 2018
- We've started a new podcast! Check out This Old App and subscribe!
- This Old App is more of a grab-bag of in-depth technical discussion, more …
16: Don't Be Evil-ish?
April 3rd, 2018
- At a company, ethical behavior starts at the top
- Being ethical at the beginning of a firm is easy compared to the grey areas that show up as …
15: Non-Disclosures, Non-Competes, No Way?
March 27th, 2018
- We aren't attorneys and any statements related to the legal side of the NDA/NCA debate should be discussed with one.
- The algorithm a firm uses …
14: You're so vain, you think in-office work is about you
March 20th, 2018
- Apologies to Carly Simon for this episode's title.
- Don's history is that starting in 2001 he began remote work with IBM, working for Disney.
13: Fostering a learning environment with Mark Thompson of Trilogy
March 14th, 2018
- Mark Thompson is both a developer of apps and teacher of coding bootcamps, and now he's working for Trilogy Education as Director of Academic …
12: Communicating on a roller coaster of uptime and downtime
March 7th, 2018
- Randy and Don were stranded on the Expedition Everest roller coaster mid-ride due to mechanical failure.
- For the first 10 to 15 minutes, there …
11: Are code challenges a lazy or legitimate method for hiring developers?
February 25th, 2018
- Randy is frank: taking a code quiz for a leadership or senior tech role is beneath his experience and skill-level
- A developer's body of work …
10: Skills for a career in tech leadership
February 18th, 2018
- Don is working on a communications tool for Construction Specialties & Design
- Randy was recently hired as a Fractional CTO for a startup
- A …
9: Developer focus is an excuse not to talk, right?
February 10th, 2018
- Randy has a potential client for Fractional CTO work, meaning a consultant working in a part-time CTO role for their startup
- Don discusses the …
8: Your hosting strategy - Choosing from self, managed, cloud, or serverless
February 3rd, 2018
- Don is headed to Gainesville for the Gator 100 ceremonies where both of his firms are being recognized as top 100 firms for growth by …
7: Work-life balance
January 27th, 2018
- We've launched a Patreon campaign to raise funds for per-episode transcripts.
- Some people feel the need to adhere to a strict 9-to-5.
- The …
6: Does a tech manager need to code to be effective?
January 18th, 2018
- Thanks to our first patron, Matthew Bivins, for contributing to the production of the full transcript for this episode.
- We've launched a …
5: Antifragile and TDD - What's the value?
January 12th, 2018
- Antifragile represents a system that improves under chaos
- In a well-tuned org, with test cases and adaptive practives, software systems can …
4: Risk and Exploits - Dealing with Meltdown and Spectre
January 5th, 2018
- Ripped from the headlines: Part of Randy and Don's week was dealing with Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.
- What is a CTO or technical …
3: Managing tech debt - When best to work on it?
January 2nd, 2018
- Randy discusses his explosion of three side projects: An app for HOA board members, an open source project named CaptionPoint, and a marketing …
2: Hiring developers - Who should I hire to build an app?
December 28th, 2017
- Don talks about AspirEDU being in a refactoring phase
- Don's gigs, AspirEDU Construction Specialties & Design were awarded as "100 Fastest …
1: Introducing CTO Think
December 23rd, 2017
- Don is a University of Florida grad, Bachelors and MBA
- Don is CTO of AspirEDU, educational analytics company
- Don is Managing Member of …