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What A Lot Of Things

What A Lot Of Things

By Ian Smith & Ash Winter
Ash and Ian talk about interesting Things from the tech industry that are on their minds.
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Episode Five – digital legacies and The Unicorn Project
Here’s an extra-length episode to keep you going over the holiday season. Ash selfishly relishes the upcoming Twitter username purge but realises that you need to be careful with digital legacies, even those which involve insulting footballers. Ian delved into 'The Unicorn Project', follow up to one of his number one books, 'The Phoenix Project' and unwittingly creates a DevOps version of the 12 Days of Christmas. Links: Some actual beard ASMR. “I’ve sold Agile to Brockway, Ogdenville and North Haverbrook” on slide 15 of Jon McNestrie’s talk at Lean Agile Brighton 2019. Ian’s Agile Octopus Timing Alexa Skill. git rebase. Twitter to clear out inactive accounts and free up usernames. The Other Ash Winter’s Twitter Account. Ian’s three-letter Twitter handle. The Digital Legacy Association. The Unicorn Project: A Novel about Developers, Digital Disruption, and Thriving in the Age of Data, a sequel to... The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win. The five keys to a successful Google team. Marie Kondo explains Spark Joy. Gene Kim’s talk at DevOps Days Portland 2019, on The Unicorn Project and the Five Ideals. A Brief History of Scaling LinkedIn. Bill Gates Trustworthy Computing Memo. The Goal. And, send us a voice message - go on, you know you want to!
December 10, 2019
Episode Four - Building Alexa Skills and popping city tech bubbles
Ian and Ash talk about building an Alexa skill to reduce Ian's energy consumption and how Leeds is growing a tech bubble all of its own, to complement its existing socio-economic geographical doughnut. Links: * Amazon Developer Services * Alexa Skills Kit * Agile Octopus * AWS Lambda Layers * Ian's Alexa Skill Source Code * Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Time * Leeds Tech Bubble Divisions * Even Techies are Sick of Inequality in San Francisco * Code Club * Empowering Women with Tech * Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds Full Theme
November 26, 2019
Episode Three - Four day work week and design thinking
Ian and Ash talk about how Microsoft Japan trialled a 4 day working week, busting Ash's myths about Japanese working culture and why technology people should care about design thinking, even for test automation. Links: Steamed Hams  Trial of Four Day Work Week at Microsoft Japan  Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman On the Phenomenon of BS Jobs  Steve Jobs: The Next Insanely Great Thing Don Norman: Rethinking Design Thinking Natasha Jen: Design Thinking is BS IBM Design Thinking Intro Course d School Design Thinking Process IBM Design Thinking Loop Agile inception deck
November 14, 2019
Episode Two - Getting into machine learning, and Team Topologies
Ian and Ash talk about how to get into machine learning and discuss the principles for building teams within your organisation outlined in the book and training course on Team Topologies. Links: Scottish Voice Recognition Elevator Ian’s Machine Learning/Data Science links Deep Learning Specialization | Coursera Applied Data Science with Python | Coursera Kaggle: Your Home for Data Science Titanic: Machine Learning from Disaster Team Topologies Conway’s Law DevOps Topologies
October 29, 2019
Episode One - collective bargaining and cargo cults.
Ash and Ian talk about collective bargaining in tech, and “cargo culting”. Links: Collective bargaining: Business Insider - Here's the memo Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent to employees on the changes to Google's sexual-harassment policy after the walkout.  Whole Foods employees demand Amazon break all ties with ICE and Palantir All workers need unions – including those in Silicon Valley Maslow's Hierarchy Of Needs - Wikipedia Cargo Culting: Cargo Culting - Wiktionary Cargo Cult - Wikipedia "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler” - Quote Investigator
October 15, 2019