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Building You Podcast

Building You Podcast

By Jon Freeman
Everything beyond the code.™ The Building You podcast is about those key skills you need to nurture if you want to be a great engineer and not just a skilled engineer.
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Ep 17 - Neal Reizer - Leadership & Building Great Teams
In Episode 17, I was lucky enough to connect up with Neal Reizer.  Neal is an exceptional leader and someone I am thoroughly happy to have run into in my career.  He was my SVP of development for several years and opened the door for many opportunities.  Neal is one of a handful of leaders who is humble enough to admit he doesn't know everything, but exceptional enough to really put that statement to the test.  He and I chat about information dashboard design, leadership, building teams, and all those crazy things that go into developing software at scale. Information Dashboard Design was mentioned and is STILL a great text when it comes to putting the RIGHT information on the page.  It's on sale right now for $21 - use this link and support the channel: Also, Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink is available at: Thank you Neal for your time and investment in this channel and sharing your amazing mind with us.   I can't wait for our paths to cross again :)
April 19, 2020
Ep 16 - Question the Business Value
Video Version: In this episode, I recap the last few episodes you may have missed before diving into one of the most valuable lessons I’d ever been taught by one of my mentors.  “Question the Business Value” is a simple concept, but often overlooked as we try to convince others that our way is “right”. Take a listen, then tell me what you think using the comment features. Thanks for listening! -Jon Freeman, Host Building You Podcast
April 12, 2020
Ep 15 - Tech Hiring Roundtable Part 2 of 2
This is the second of a two-part roundtable on tech hiring, interviewing, and more.     Part 1:   We even seek to answer where all the TP has gone!     Avik Das is a Senior Software Engineer for LinkedIn and runs as well as a great tech hiring newsletter at HiringFor.Tech   Bertram Lansiquot is the owner and founder of Renown Talent, a recruiting company focusing on Healthcare, HIM, and IT recruiting.  He's also featured in Renown Tube on YouTube.   Ned Rockson is the genius behind - a collection of blog articles cataloging his many years of experience in hiring and interviewing top tech talent.  Credits:       Music:, YouTube Audio Library      Footage: /
April 5, 2020
Ep 14 - Tech Hiring Roundtable Part 1 of 2
This episode was simply so good - and so long - I had to break it into two parts.  Episode 14 is Part 1 of 2 on Hiring Tech amid the coronavirus pandemic that has encircled the nation. Avik Das is a Senior Software Engineer for LinkedIn and runs as well as a great tech hiring newsletter at HiringFor.Tech Bertram Lansiquot is the owner and founder of Renown Talent, a recruiting company focusing on Healthcare, HIM, and IT recruiting.  He's also featured in Renown Tube on YouTube. Ned Rockson is the genius behind - a collection of blog articles cataloging his many years of experience in hiring and interviewing top tech talent.
March 29, 2020
Ep 13 - Avik Das - HiringFor.Tech
Avik is an accomplished Senior Software Engineer for LinkedIn. He’s recently started a weekly newsletter at the web site which you should check out. If you enjoy this episode, come back next week for our four person roundtable with Avik, Ned and Bertram. We’re all COVID-19 free, but we’ll chat about the impact it will no doubt have.
March 22, 2020
Ep 12 - Ned Rockson - "Interviewing Correctly"
Ned Rockson joins the show to discuss his article - "Interviewing Correctly" published in early 2020.  Ned has a tremendous wealth of interviewing knowledge, having conducted over 750 technical job interviews with candidates.  He joins the show to discuss interviewing, technology, and what really matters when selecting candidates. COVID-19 update - this episode was recorded well before the most recent outbreak, but we are recording a roundtable episode this week.  If you have questions for my guest Ned, Bertram, or my soon to be announced special guest - submit them at and they will be featured. Also, all proceeds from advertising on the podcast in 2020 will be donated to charities helping victims of the COVID-19 outbreak.  Thanks for doing your part in this difficult time.
March 15, 2020
Ep 11 - Jason Lengstorf - Host of
Jason Lengstorf hops behind the mic this week to tell us all about - what it's like to record nearly 100 episodes of dynamic content for software engineers.  He's a one-of-a-kind host with a one-of-a-kind show - mad props to him for spending an hour sharing his thoughts with us.
March 8, 2020
Ep 10 - Jeff Tillett - Instructional Design & Continuous Learning
Jeff and I cut our teeth together over 20 years ago at "Adhost Internet Advertising".  The web host of the web site that was a near-miss of the popularity of, it was a great firm with many small-mid size businesses that taught us to do "Agile" before it had a name. Jeff was a rock star back then and has become a thought leader, instructional designer and media ninja.  He creates great content and learning material for companies like Microsoft, T-Mobile, and even Amazon.  If you're looking for someone to augment your team or lead it - Jeff is available for conversations.
March 1, 2020
Ep 9 - Grant Asplund - Passion, Perseverance, and getting PISSED
Life is easy when things are going your way.  When the headwinds of life seem to be pushing you backward, it's important to know about the roughly 7.5" diameter organ in your body that processes all of this information into action.  Grant is a wealth of knowledge having a long history of success and overcoming obstacles in his way. Grant is available for speaking opportunities and has the web site
February 23, 2020
Ep 8 - Bertram Lansiquot - Recruiters are not evil Amway shill'ers :)
Bertram Lansiquot joins the podcast this week, explaining how a recruiter can help you tune up your resume and find that perfect opportunity.  Expect to see more of Bertram on the show - we have a great conversation and dispell some of the myths of recruiters in IT and Software Engineering. Video Version: Audio Podcast Links: You can reach Bertram at Renown Tube is at Audio Credits:   YouTube Audio Library
February 16, 2020
Ep 7 - Ross Hughes - Leadership, Agile & Scrum
Ross Hughes, a managing partner of Trail Ridge Consulting ( ) gives us a small view into the world of Agile, Scrum, and their special blend of training which targets organizational leaders as a key driver of change.  Ross shares some great insights into teams, team development, learning styles, and how to survive in a scrum environment in 2020 and beyond. Upcoming Events:
February 9, 2020
Ep 6 - Todd Ward - Dev Ops and Emotional Intelligence
Todd Ward has built entire network operations centers, though I believe his most impressive achievement is his personal journey and growth over the years.  Todd completely changed the culture in our IT department through a tireless desire to do the right thing, assist his colleagues with their needs, and applying Dev Ops principles. We speak a little about The Unicorn Project, a book by Gene Kim about Dev Ops: If you'd like to join us in reading the book, pick it up and check back in about 8 weeks for our show on this great book. If you have a comment, thought, or suggestion - feel free to submit it via the link at
February 2, 2020
Ep 5 - Jean Seely - Data Privacy @ Microsoft
Jean Seely joins us this week to discuss data privacy, being a woman in technology and shares a couple of skills she says helped her get ahead in her career.  We wrap our conversation up with the lightning round, a new segment for our guests.  Do you have questions about data privacy, GDPR, or being a woman in technology - feel free to ask by clicking the "Message" option on Thanks Jean for joining us. You can reach her on LinkedIn or The book Jean mentioned, "Privacy Blueprint" is available at Amazon.
January 26, 2020
Ep 4 - Building Great Teams by Jon Freeman
In this week's episode, I speak about the steps necessary to create highly effective teams.  There are three major sections - my #1 trait that successful teams all share, the simple analogy that you can measure team structure effectiveness against, and the 55-year-old model that explains how teams develop in stages.
January 20, 2020
Ep 3 - George Ortiz - Getting back up after you fall
George Ortiz is a dynamic software engineer who has successfully made the switch to Product Manager now at Facebook.  George takes us through the challenges he faced on the way to improving his career and lessons he's learned in software engineering. I won't spoil the show, but he literally FELL into software development as a career when he had different plans originally.  To connect with George - visit or find him on Twitter at @grgortiz
January 12, 2020
Ep 2 - Eric Gilchrist - Job interviewing, front end technology, and switching careers
Eric Gilchrist takes us through his background of learning front-end engineering and what it's been like to interview at Microsoft, Amazon, and other companies.  He's an up-and-coming software engineer with a contract ending in early Feb 2020, so if you want to nab him feel free to reach out at the contact details below.  Let him know you heard his podcast episode please! Eric mentioned the YouTube channel "Fun Fun Functions" available at: Also, randomly, here is the article on the AIM 65 computer:
January 2, 2020
Ep 1 - Paul Grizzaffi - QA Automation, Leadership, and Goal Alignment
Episode 1 of Building You Podcast with Guest Paul Grizzaffi Paul is a thought leader and Principal Automation Architect with Magenic.  Paul drops serious gold here about QA Automation and is a must listen to expert on setting up your automation program and picking your tools. Paul's automation blog is at:
December 30, 2019
Trailer - Everything Beyond the Code™
I'm setting the table for what the Building You Podcast (BYP) is all about.   It's not another software engineering podcast, it's a podcast for software engineers.  It's everything that you need to know about being successful in your software engineering journey without getting bogged down in the details of how to code.  It aimed at every level of the software engineering organizational chart - from new grads, career changers, to up and coming engineers, to managers and leaders in organizations that want to grow beyond the status quo. In just a few short weeks I've interviewed several influential minds in software.  These are people that I respect greatly for their unique perspectives and thought leadership in their field.  I plan to release an episode every Sunday to help get you off on the right foot for your week to come.  Thank you for your interest in making this podcast great. If you have a question, thought, or would like to be a guest on the show - visit to connect with me. Jon Freeman Host, Building You Podcast
December 20, 2019