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Often as developers, we believe we are supposed to know everything. Just figure everything by ourselves. As long as we get faster and better at coding, our careers will progress smoothly.But if you ask around, you’ll notice that most people are feeling technically stuck, despite years of experience. If you ask for career advice, people will throw you an endless list of complex technical skills to master.That’s not what you’ll find here.Have you ever reflected on your career goals as a Software Developer? How often do you talk with someone who’s doing the kind of work you want to be doing?Mina Slater is our guest for this episode. Mina decided she will never be stuck. She is always doing things that are uncomfortable and scary, such as communication and leadership skills. Some people call these "soft skills for software developers".With more than a decade of experience with theater management before becoming a Software Developer, Mina has been progressing in her career as she wanted. She even created her own role. In the week this episode was released, she was promoted to Senior Developer!This episode also addresses this fact: no pacing is right or wrong, everyone has their own journey. How do you make sure you are moving forward and not getting stuck on your journey? That’s what this episode is about.You’ll hear Mina using phrases such as “helping my team”, “reflecting on my progress”, “peer-mentoring”, “people skills”. These are clues of how to explore opportunities to grow in your career organically.About Mina SlaterMina Slater is dedicated to using her "superpowers" for good, to connect people and bring them closer together by contributing to meaningful and inclusive products.Since transitioning from a career in theater management by way of Northwestern Coding Bootcamp in April of 2018, she has developed as Engineer and Consultant, with a specific interest in the backend and Ruby On Rails.—Do you feel like you’re too experienced to be a Junior but not enough to be a Senior? Feeling stuck in your career? Don’t know what to do next in your Ruby developer career?Join Get to Senior, a collection of case Study interviews with Ruby developers. Learn from real people. Follow guided exercises to put into practice the strategies from the case studies to map out your Path to Senior. Grab your Get to Senior copy now.Or sign up for the free Get to Senior Crash Course to receive 5 email lessons over the next 2 weeks. Learn how to identify opportunities to work on challenging projects while on the job. Get started now.—★ Episode Notes & Links★ Buy Get to Senior★ Get to Senior Free Email Crash Course
Do you suffer from Slack notification anxiety? On-call schedules and deadlines giving you nightmares? Are your teammates nitpicking your code during code review?Instead of quitting your job out of frustration and having to go through another round of technical interviews, what if you knew how to have a great relationship with your work?Learn how to deal with imposter syndrome, unrealistic deadlines, and stop communicating passive-aggressively today!Communicate effectively with your team and finish the day feeling good about what you've accomplished.Listen to our conversation with Dr. Randy Paterson, a psychologist and author practicing in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of "The Assertiveness Workbook - How to express your ideas and stand up for yourself at work and in relationships."He taught us effective skills we can use to feel better about our daily jobs as developers. Learn how to tell your manager that the project is running late without being the negative person in the team. And how to deal with conflict without freaking out.Whether you've experienced any of these situations at work or have heard stories about it, it's always good to learn how to communicate better and avoid resentments. Enjoy the episode and share it with a friend or colleague!Sign up for the hexdevs newsletter today and receive exercises, research-based techniques and actionable ideas to help you become an expert developer!Episode links- Full episode Transcript and Show Notes- Save your spot for the hexdevs Software Design Workshop and take the next right step for your career- Dr. Randy Paterson's website- The Assertiveness Workbook - How to express your ideas and stand up for yourself at work and in relationships- Psychology Salon with Dr. Randy Paterson - YouTube channel- First Person Plural: Emotional Intelligence & Beyond podcast
Are you working on Ruby on Rails Applications that are constantly on fire, overwhelmed by technical debt?Instead of being a firefighter, what if you could be a happy programmer again and "Escape the tar pit"?Learn exactly how to measure tech debt and take the right steps to immediately improve code quality!Listen to our conversation with Ernesto Tagwerker (@etagwerker). He is the Founder & CTO at & Ombu Labs.He and his company are the maintainers of many code quality projects: skunk, rails_stats, metric_fu, and rubycritic, and many other important Ruby gems such as database_cleaner, bundler_leak, and next_rails.He's an expert in upgrading and improving legacy Ruby on Rails applications. He taught us some step-by-step strategies you can follow to quickly measure and improve code quality.Sign up for the hexdevs newsletter today and receive exercises, research-based techniques and actionable ideas to help you become an expert developer!Episode links- Full episode Transcript and Show Notes- Save your spot for the hexdevs Software Design Workshop and take the next right step for your career- Read How to Improve Code Quality on a Ruby on Rails Application- Ernesto Tagwerker on Twitter - Podcast episode about maintaining shoulda_matchers with Gui Vieira- RubyConf 2019 - Escaping The Tar Pit by Ernesto Tagwerker- The Code Quality Challenge - The Mythical Man-Month (book)- Breaking Up the Behemoth by Sandi Metz- Getting Empirical About Refactoring- Code Quality Tools- Makers vs Menders Talk by M. Scott Ford- Surviving Legacy Code Workshop- (gem)- skunk (gem)- rails_stats (gem)- metric_fu (gem)- rubycritic (gem)
Do you feel frustrated with everything you need to learn as a developer?When you can't learn a simple software development concept, build a simple feature, or find a simple bug, and you feel completely stuck. It's common to think that things will never 'click' for you.Do you know these days when you feel like you're digging yourself into a hole? What if you could use that energy to build up a ladder you can climb instead?What if you had a strategy to get into the flow and focus on doing your best work as part of your coding journey?The Thoughts and Questions from the Unstuck Guide for Developers will help you re-frame your perspective when you’re feeling in a rut on your coding journey.Episode Notes and Free Cheat Sheet
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Monica Lent is a software engineer and entrepreneur. She started coding before the age of ten, and haven’t stopped since. After working for more than 10 years in the tech industry as an engineer, tech lead and manager, she decided to quit her job and bootstrap a SaaS company full-time.Show Notes & Transcription
Brian David Hall is an expert in conversion optimization. He's a software engineer by training, runs his own company, and is the host of the SaaS Experiments Podcast, where he talks to other experts in growth marketing. We talked about the unusual tech jobs he's had that helped him learn other skills beyond coding.You can use your skills in other areas like Marketing and Sales to transition to a tech job instead of throwing away your current expertise. Learning how to code on top of your existing skills will give you superpowers!If you want to transition into a tech job, you can start by solving problems for your current company. By doing this, you'll build a portfolio, get real-world experience, stand out from other candidates that only know how to code but have no experience in other areas. You can also look for a "weird tech job", which is a job that involves coding but is not a developer role at a tech company.You can find the coupon to Brian's new e-book on the Show Notes (link below) plus some highlights and transcripts!Show Notes and Transcript
Michael Lynch is a software developer and blogger. He used to work as a software engineer at Google, but he decided to quit and now he's a solo founder, and blogs about his experience.He's recently launched the course Hit the Front Page of Hacker News. The course teaches everything he has learned about Hacker News after getting many of his original blog posts to hit the front page. It covers the site's unique culture, how to choose topics, improve your writing, and what to do if your submission fails.We also talked about going solo founder, and his financial independence journey. Highlights00:00 Intro00:41 Who is Michael Lynch?01:58 Hit the Front Page of Hacker News03:04 Courses vs e-books04:00 How many copies were sold05:04 Beta-testing the course before launch day07:19 Financial Independence and becoming an entrepreneur08:16 Financial Independence and travelling09:16 The shock of going back to a normal job11:08 Planning for Financial Independence by building a business12:37 Mr. Money Mustache, the 4% rule and Early Retirement14:16 How much you make vs How much you save14:33 What does he want to do when he retires early?15:12 Life expenses and business expenses15:49 Negotiating a big salary at Google by getting multiple job offers18:30 Financial choices in your 20's and the optimum strategy23:05 A good salary for boring work isn't fun25:56 Bootstrapping is very different than the startup life26:48 Having freedom and control over the direction of your product/business28:40 Prioritizing and evaluating business ideas31:05 How to do market research32:57 Lessons after quitting Google: content strategy, marketing, and distribution36:59 Keep yourself motivated and don't put too much pressure on yourself39:49 Advice to anyone who wants to quit their job and start a business42:36 Final remarksLinks from this episodeShow NotesHit The Front Page of Hacker News CourseMichael Lynch's Site Michael Lynch's TwitterSign up for our newsletter to get the Highlights from our episodes
Listen to this episode to learn how Preetam Nath and Sankalp Jonna, co-founders of SuperLemon and DelightChat, started and grew a Shopify micro-SaaS to $30,000 monthly recurring revenue and more than 20,000 users.They did all of that by themselves, the team was just Preetam and Sankalp, and Sankalp was the only engineer. As they say on their website, they are "A small team with a big heart".SuperLemon is a WhatsApp plugin for Shopify stores serving over 20k users with 1.5k paying customers. It recently crossed 30k dollars in MRR, and all of this growth happened in about 14 months. They are now building DelightChat, a customer support tool for small and medium-sized direct-to-consumer & e-commerce brands running lean teams, and recently started hiring and growing the team.Highlights: How they did market research before writing any line of code and how being a little "impatient" with growth is a good thing for a founder How they scaled the app to 20k users with a team of 2 people (1 engineer) by using the Keep It Simple Silly (KISS) principle How distribution is the most important thing for a micro-SaaS and why they decided to target the Shopify marketplace How they prioritize features and make their customers happy while having a very lean team How to acquire customers every day for the next year Why you should build a business that allows you to have freedom and live a good life We also asked them if they ever received an offer to be acquired or to get VC funding Links: DelightChat SuperLemon MicroSaaS Guide Preetam Nath's Twitter Sankalp Jonna's Twitter Sankalp's engineering blog Notes and Transcript
Learn how to develop a habit of learning in public, writing daily, and helping your audience. Chris Bongers has been sharing software development tips every day for the past 250 days on his blog Daily Dev Tips and on twitter.Here's what we talked about: How Chris got started with writing How he wrote more than 250 articles during lockdown Which daily tips were the most popular How he comes up with ideas for Daily Dev Tips. Spoiler alert: by working in public, he gets lots of suggestions from his followers. Win-win! The benefits of learning in public and writing every day for Daily Dev Tips How he manages his energy levels and productivity, and avoids burnout What helped him grow his audience SEO and blogging tips for beginners Where should you share your blog posts: on Hashnode or How hiking is the best activity for writers Thanks to our sponsors: VanHack helps great tech talent get jobs abroad, even during the pandemic!Links: Daily Dev Tips Chris Bongers on Twitter Blogging for Devs Community Subscribe to our newsletter Visit the hexdevs blog
Dmitrii Pashtuskii is a digital nomad living in Bali, and recently quit his job so he could travel and build a business.This episode will be a little different: Dimitrii will be asking us questions about moving to Canada because he wants to apply for a visa very soon. In a future episode we will talk more about his projects and the life of a digital nomad.If you ever wanted to move to Canada, this is the time. Canada is planning on bringing more than 1 million immigrants in the next 3 years!We thought it would be the great opportunity for us to share our story and help others. We are also thinking of writing a short guide with more information, documents and resources we used in our visa process. In case you are interested, you can sign up for the wait list.Here's what we discussed: Why we moved to Vancouver, Canada How VanHack helped Thiago get a job in Canada Why Dmitrii is planning to get a visa and settle down in Canada after living the nomad life How long did it take us to get our Permanent Residency through the BCPNP program How Express Entry works The tech community in Vancouver Life in Vancouver: Are people friendly? Is it easy to make new friends? Getting a Canadian Citizenship Follow our podcast and sign up for our newsletter to get updates when we launch new episodes. Thanks to our sponsors: VanHack helps great tech talent get jobs abroad, even during the pandemic!Links from this episode: Moving to Canada -  A guide for developers to move to Canada - join the wait list if you're interested :) Dmitrii's Twitter Learning Story - The community for people who learn in public Global Skills Strategy Visa Subscribe to our newsletter Visit the hexdevs blog
We are all competent in the team, but why do the projects always get delayed, why did we run into problems? We do sprints, we do sprint planning, something is not working. Shape Up helped me get the right balance between long-term and short-term planning.Does that ring a bell?Our guest, Raymond Huang, told us how Shape Up helped his team get the right balance between long term and short-term planning and deliver better software.As a developer, you know that estimates are hard, and you can't know everything ahead of time while planning. You also know that some of the 'agile' tools are not really helping. You've tried Scrum, but you are doing Kanban instead. The team struggles to ship and misses the deadline and we see all the failed goals on the sprint chart. Shape Up was written to help with that problem.Shape Up is the latest book from Basecamp. It's a guide on how they do Product Strategy.In this episode, we learned how Raymond applied the ideas from Shape Up at Unbounce.We asked questions such as: Would Shape Up work in my company? How do I convince my team to try it? How to start adopting Shape Up? Do I need to follow all the steps described in the book? If I had to choose only one takeaway from Shape Up, which one would it be? How do I shape a cycle? Will I finally get rid of my team's Tech Debt Backlog? If you enjoyed this episode, let Raymond now. Don't forget to follow our podcast and sign up for our newsletter to get updates when we launch new episodes.Thanks to our sponsors:VanHack helps great tech talent get jobs abroad, even during the pandemic!Links from this episode:Raymond Huang LinkedinShape Up: Stop Running in Circles and Ship Work that MattersCheck out our new website. We have a blog now!Visit our Podcast page and subscribe to our newsletter!
"Most startup founders don't want to prove themselves wrong. There's an inherent bias, they hear what they want to hear, and they go seeking the information to prove themselves right because they've attached themselves to their idea." -- Kenny MacKenzie Kenny is an expert in product-market fit and market validation and has been mentoring startup founders for many, many years. After creating his own startup, raising money, building a product, launching it and seeing it fail because of a lack of product-market fit, Kenny spent loads of energy trying to reflect on those mistakes so he could understand the causes of startup failure and the tactical and strategic frameworks and practices that will improve the chances of business success.He identified very common types of cognitive biases that early-stage founders will face, such as a lack of product-market fit, false positives, and not knowing what problem you're trying to solve or who you're trying to help. These things lead to errors of judgment that will surely kill a startup.If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to act like a scientist/private investigator, find the right problems, experiment and learn from customers before you write any line of code or build anything. This will improve your chances of being a successful startup founder."You're not a developer, you're not an engineer, you're not an entrepreneur. You're a scientist/private investigator. Think of the market opportunity as a crime, there is a criminal out in the loose and they keep hurting all these different people. You're trying to understand that criminal's pattern of behavior. The criminal is the market need. You're investigating, not trying to force your will on the world. Once you understand a meaningful problem that people have, then you can start being the visionary." -- Kenny MacKenzieThanks to our sponsors:VanHack helps great tech talent get jobs abroad. Links from this episodeKenny MacKenzie on Linkedin Find Better Problems Worth Solving - Ash MauryaThe Mom Test Book - Rob FitzpatrickThe Value Proposition Canvas - strategyzerJobs to Be Done: Theory to Practice - Anthony UlwickOutcome Driven Innovation - Anthony UlwickVisit our Podcast page and subscribe to our newsletter!
This is the second part of our interview with Fabiano where we talk about his new job in Munich - Germany, and also about the visa process, working in Europe, and the challenges he's facing now, like learning the German language.Fabiano decided to move abroad after being the CTO of Magnetis for many years. He now works as a Senior Fullstack Engineer for Shore -  the leading provider of cloud-based business solutions for small and medium-sized companies.He gave some tips for people who want to find a job and move to Germany, and talked about his new life in Munich.If you enjoyed this episode, make sure to tell Fabiano about it. We are sure he would love to hear from our listeners. And if you want to move to Germany to work with Fabiano, Shore is hiring, so check out this episode to learn more about their relocation package and their engineering culture.Thanks to our sponsors:VanHack helps great tech talent get jobs abroad. Links from this episodeVisit our Podcast page and subscribe to our newsletter!Fabiano's Twitter
Fabiano Beselga is our first guest for 2020!He co-founded Magnetis, one of the most successful fintech startups in Brazil, and served as the CTO for over 7 years. Magnetis is a robot advisor startup who grew 200% every year over the past few years, and now has more than 10 thousand clients, USD$90M under management and 90 people on the team. Widely recognized as one of the best places to work, Magnetis is a great example of a company that successfully adopted a remote work culture.Fabiano built the engineering team from scratch and all the processes and culture around it, making sure to create a diverse team composed of people coming from different backgrounds and having different levels of experience. We talked about creating and managing a fast-growing team while also scaling the business and driving innovation. He always believed that establishing a good culture would lead to a great team and a great product, and the success of his team is a reflection of that. He also thinks that CTOs should focus on building the culture from the start.If you want to become a C-Level executive or become a better leader, check out this episode. Fabiano shared a lot of great advice on how to make sure you are giving the support your team needs and how to establish good practices, deliver better products, and how to hire well.Thanks to our sponsors:VanHack helps great tech talent get jobs abroad. Links from this episodeVisit our Podcast page and subscribe to our newsletter!Fabiano's TwitterSmart and Getting Things DoneMagnetis Backstage BlogGuru-SP Meetup
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This short episode contains a couple of special notes. We just wanted to thank you for all your support this year! We hope we can continue learning together in 2020. Happy Holidays!Thanks to our sponsors:VanHack helps great tech talent get jobs abroad. Links from this episodeVisit our Podcast page and subscribe to our newsletter!
Amed Rodriguez is a Senior Software Engineer who has extensive experience with lean startup and has developed software for many startups in San Francisco. He is originally from Mexico and is now living in Vancouver. After leading a Lean Startup product development company for many years, he co-founded a startup in the health sector which got an interview with Y-Combinator (W15). After not getting accepted into YC, he started working as an engineer for companies in the Bay Area.We talked about his experience of trying to get a work permit to be able to live in the US, and why he eventually decided to immigrate to Canada instead. He also shared some tips on how to get more startup clients and projects when you're working as a freelancer and how he's found jobs in the US and Canada.We also talked about the main differences between living and working as a developer in Monterrey,  San Francisco and Vancouver, and the challenges of working onsite after many years of remote work.Thanks to our sponsors:VanHack helps great tech talent get jobs abroad. Links from this episodeVisit our Podcast page and subscribe to our newsletter!Amed's LinkedinLendesk is hiring in Vancouver, BC!
Have you ever thought about contributing to open-source projects but don't know where to start or which project to choose? Gui Vieira has been the maintainer of the popular 'shoulda-matchers' gem since 2017.We talked about the job of being an open-source maintainer. not only that, but we also discussed TDD, as well as his entrepreneurship journey in the past, and the process of moving to Canada.Thanks to our sponsors:VanHack helps great tech talent get jobs abroad. Links from this episodeVisit our Podcast page and subscribe to our newsletter!shoulda-matchers gemOpen Source FridayLendesk is hiring in Vancouver, BC!
Linda Peng is a frontend developer and a musician. She graduated in Economics and Public Policy (Social Sciences), and she was always interested in social work. She worked at a non-profit for a couple of years, where she had the opportunity to switch to a web developer job in 2013.Now she is a front-end developer and is the creator and maintainer of Inspired by the idea of remote meetups, she created CodeBuddies to help everyone learn to code together no matter where they are. 100% open-source, people used CodeBuddies to organize more than 1289 hangouts sessions.We also talked about her musical background. In October her Kickstarter campaign was baked and she launched her first album, called " - Code-inspired violin music". Linda generously shared a secret code for our listeners so they can listen to the entire album, so make sure to listen to this episode and share it with your developer friends. To give you a taste, some of the songs included are "A walk through the binary tree forest",  "What is this", "Callback Hell", "Superclass" and more.We discussed how putting your side projects out there helps you meet new people and achieve unexpected results.If you enjoyed this episode and Linda's album, make sure to let her know, we're sure she would love to hear your feedback! :)Thanks to our sponsors:VanHack helps great tech talent get jobs abroad. Links from this episodeVisit our Podcast page and subscribe to our newsletter!Linda's twitterLinda's Youtube - don't forget to get the secret code during the episode :)Linda's Kickstarter
Originally from Panama, Andrea Bernal is a Computer Systems Engineer with a Master's in Supply Chain Management. She lived and worked in the US after winning a Fulbright Scholarship, and has extensive experience with Portfolio Management and Finance. Nowadays, she lives in Vancouver and works as a Project Manager for Telus.Andrea is on her way to financial independence, making extra money on the side from doing nutritional consulting work. She is a minimalist and a member of the FIRE movement (Financial Independence/Retire Early).She worked as an Assistant Producer to the Netflix documentary "What The Health", and runs a very popular Youtube channel called "Plantae Revolution" about plant-based nutrition.In this episode, Andrea shared with us some effective ideas on how to take care of your money and your health, and how to be more productive and intentional about your life. We talked about investments, Financial Independence and Early Retirement, ETFs, and Minimalism. She plans to become financially independent in the next 10 years.Thanks to our sponsors:VanHack helps great tech talent get jobs abroad. Links from this episodeVisit our Podcast page and subscribe to our newsletter!Andrea's LinkedinPlantae Revolution: Andrea's Youtube channelQuestradeWealthBarStephanie and Celestian's BlogGame ChangersWhat the HealthCowspiracyDominion
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