Getting Apps Done

Getting Apps Done

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By Joshua Graham
Joshua Graham, Kel Piffner and guests share their software development experience, tips and tricks for growing as a developer.
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To Niche Again!
Joshua actually managed to hit the record button this time! So we're back with a fresh look at niching down, specifically a practical discussion about how it helps get a job! Be sure to check out our Slack community (https://gettingappsdone.com/slack) to meet others who are facing the same things you are and share your journeys!
21:21
October 17, 2019
To Niche or To Niche
Another episode of our marketing 101 for devs! Today, Joshua screws up and forgets to hit record. Then talks about niching down! Be sure to check out our Slack community (https://gettingappsdone.com/slack) to meet others who are facing the same things you are and share your journeys!
09:14
October 10, 2019
Go Join Some Tech Slacks!
Today Joshua gives some simple advice as a starting point for our new mini series on marketing 101 for developers. This series is all about helping you get your name out there and get noticed. Be sure to check out our Slack community (https://gettingappsdone.com/slack) to meet others who are facing the same things you are and share your journeys!
08:01
October 3, 2019
The Websites, They are Shiny
Welcome to season 2 of Getting Apps Done!!!!! Kel and Joshua have both updated their personal websites recently, so today they take a look at each other's sites and discuss the reasons they keep them up to date as well as the reasons behind a lot of the individual decisions they made! This kicks off the first in a series of episodes aimed at helping developers market themselves better, whether you're looking for a job or leads for your freelance business. Be sure to check out our Slack community (https://gettingappsdone.com/slack) to meet others who are facing the same things you are and share your journeys!
32:56
September 26, 2019
Happy Birthday to Getting Apps Done! 🎂🎉
We've survived our first year! This is the final episode of "Season 1". Joshua takes a look back at the journey and lessons learned and how Getting Apps Done has made him a better developer. A special thank you to all our listeners who've supported us, given feedback and participated in the show! Be sure to check out our new Slack community (https://gettingappsdone.com/slack) to meet others who are facing the same things you are and share your journeys!
10:31
September 19, 2019
It's OK to Google stuff!
Not only is it ok to Google stuff (all the time... seriously... I use Google ALL THE TIME!), today we talk about HOW to find technical things on Google (and probably a lot of other things!) Joshua also, finally... turns the tables and catches Kel using an acronym! Be sure to check out our new Slack community (https://gettingappsdone.com/slack) to meet others who are facing the same things you are and share your journeys!
21:04
September 12, 2019
Your First Day
Joshua and Kel talk about your first day as a developer in this podcast episode. What to expect, what not to expect, plus tips for making your first days a bit smoother!
36:36
September 5, 2019
Do I Need a CS Degree?
NO! Joshua and Kel talk about life as developers without degrees, suggestions for improving your path of learning, ways to get past gatekeepers and a bunch more. Note: Not all these tips are just for self-learners! A lot of them are great for folks in bootcamps or university as well! Be sure to check out our new Slack community (https://gettingappsdone.com/slack) to meet others who are facing the same things you are and share your journeys!
26:00
August 29, 2019
Use More Words
Joshua and Kel talk about communicating better. Spoiler: One of the best ways to better communicate is to simply use more words! Plus a bunch of other practical information, tips and suggestions. Be sure to check out our new Slack community (https://gettingappsdone.com/slack) to meet others who are facing the same things you are and share your journeys!
32:25
August 22, 2019
LeicesterJS Talk with Getting Apps Done
Joshua gives his first ever public talk at LeicesterJS and being an audio nerd, wears a wire! In this special episode of Getting Apps Done, Joshua shares the recording of his talk at LeicesterJS which happens to be a slightly different take on some of our recent episodes about failure and safety. A special thanks to LeicesterJS for having me and to the audience for being awesome! Be sure to check out our new Slack community (https://gettingappsdone.com/slack) to meet others who are facing the same things you are and share your journeys!
12:11
August 17, 2019
Keep It Simple, Silly!
Joshua and Kel talk about keeping it simple and the balance of functionality, intuitiveness, maintainability and simplicity. 
20:37
August 15, 2019
Feedback is the BEEP
Joshua and Kel chat about feedback: what it is, what it's good for, how critical it is to growth and how it ties to safety and failure.
17:58
August 8, 2019
Failure Is Good!
Kel and Joshua talk about why we should be seeking failure, not seeing it as something to avoid at all costs. They reflect on how failure helps us grow as developers. They also touch on last week's subject of safety and how closely tied the two are.
29:56
August 1, 2019
Put On Your Hardhats!
Joshua and Kel talk about how safety plays into building rockstar developers and some practical ways you can increase your safety net to let you push the boundaries. Be sure to check out our new Slack community (https://gettingappsdone.com/slack) to meet others who are facing the same things you are and share your journeys!
25:31
July 25, 2019
Unicorns In Business Suits
Kel and I talk about breaking the rules in CV (aka resume) building! How to stand out, how to be yourself and how doing so helps you find jobs that are a better match for you. Be sure to check out our new Slack community to meet others who are facing the same things you are and share your journeys!
20:12
July 18, 2019
Learning About Learners
I'm joined by community member, Tiffany Peña as my guest co-host and we talk to Mansour Sharha from Capella University about online learning, bootcamps vs universities and what the distinction is between students and learners! Be sure to check out our new Slack community (https://gettingappsdone.com/slack) to meet others who are facing the same things you are and share your journeys!
31:24
July 11, 2019
Kel Goes to School!
Happy 4th of July to all the Americans in our audience! Kel is back from teaching at Code Fellows bootcamp. We discuss his experiences while teaching new developers, share thoughts about the process, who bootcamps are great for, how they compare to universities and find out if he's thinking about doing it again. Heads up! There is one swear word in this episode, so it's probably not 100% safe for kiddos! Kel has some strong opinions about gatekeepers! Be sure to check out our new Slack community (https://gettingappsdone.com/slack) to meet others who are facing the same things you are and share your journeys!
35:22
July 4, 2019
Accountability Has Layers - Like Ogres
A lot of companies are trying to change things up, mostly for the better, but sometimes the changes don't work out as planned. Joshua and Kel discuss some of the issues they've seen with some of these changes. Be sure to check out our new Slack community (https://gettingappsdone.com/slack) to meet others who are facing the same things you are and share your journeys!
18:59
June 27, 2019
Education is Social!
Joshua is joined by Bekah Hawrot Weigel as guest co-host! Both are joined by Avi Flombaum, founder and Dean of Flatiron School (https://www.flatironschool.com/) to talk about the power of community in education and how NOT to pronounce NGINX! Be sure to check out our new Slack community (https://gettingappsdone.com/slack) to meet others who are facing the same things you are and share your journeys!
51:51
June 20, 2019
Blinfolded Development
Joshua talks about accessibility and the misadventures of attempting to test the gettingappsdone.com website for accessibility. Be sure to check out our new Slack community (https://gettingappsdone.com/slack) to meet others who are facing the same things you are and have a chat about accessibility! Also, be sure to check out The A11y Project (https://a11yproject.com/) as a starting point to learning more about accessibility!
10:43
June 6, 2019
Am I Smart Enough?
Joshua and Kel take on the question "Am I Smart Enough?" Software developers, particularly new ones, are flooded with expectations, requirements, misconceptions and self doubt. In such a wide reaching and oft changing profession, it's easy to be overwhelmed and question whether or not you've got what it takes to become a software developer. Spoiler alert: You do! Be sure to check out our new Slack community to meet others who are facing the same things you are and understand the fears and frustrations you're facing. https://gettingappsdone.com/slack
20:49
May 30, 2019
A Day in the Life: Remote Developer... and bicycle nut?
Joshua and Kel introduce their new Slack channel and share a question from it: What is a typical day in the life of a remote dev? What are some of the pros, cons and things to consider when considering a fully remote role? Plus tips/tricks and general advice for staying motivated, healthy and getting apps done remotely! If you're looking for a great community to help you boost your dev career, join us at: https://gettingappsdone.com/slack
43:25
May 23, 2019
Resumes, Interviews and Chainsaw Wielding Teenagers
Kel is back to discuss interviews and CVs (resumes!) with Joshua. Lots of tips, tricks, things to consider and some things not to consider too! Plus a few chainsaw wielding teens... (By the way, there are a couple expletives in this episode, so it's probably not entirely safe for children or those offended by this!)
33:58
May 16, 2019
A Programmer's Oath? Maybe not...
One more episode of Joshua solo before we have a number of guest hosts and the return of Kel as a regular co-host! Today Joshua rants a bit about the expectations of the industry and how it affects newer developers.
10:21
May 9, 2019
Edaqa Mortoray: What is Programming? A book and a discussion
Edaqa Mortoray, author of "What is Programming", joins us to discuss programming, UX, security... and even a bit of politics!
41:15
May 2, 2019
Design Thinking Step 1: Empathy
Everyone is talking about design thinking. Books are being written, job descriptions are requiring it. But what is it and why is it important to software developers? Joshua discusses the first step in design thinking: Empathy.
04:45
April 25, 2019
Intro to Design Thinking from A Software Developer's Perspective
Everyone is talking about design thinking. Books are being written, job descriptions are requiring it. But what is it and why is it important to software developers? Joshua introduces the concept and a new series of Youtube videos from Getting Apps Done on design thinking for developers.
09:18
April 18, 2019
Video Games, Video Jockeys and iOS apps? Oh my!
David Wood joins us today to talk to us about how he got into development... Hint... I'm not the only one who got my start in development playing video games! See mom! I told you they weren't a waste of time!
36:23
April 11, 2019
Change Is Good... AKA... Terrifying!
Kellen wasn't able to join me this time around and I thought it was a perfect opportunity to talk about change, particularly in software development, but in general as well... and how I handle and embrace change.
12:20
March 28, 2019
Juan Valera and UX Design in Healthcare
Joshua and Kellen talk to Juan Valera a senior UX designer at Amazon who has previously worked at Microsoft and worked on the Forza Motorsports game UIs. Juan shares his passion for solving real world problems in healthcare using ux design and walks us through a project he worked on to help connect cancer patients with clinical trials. As a heads up! The podcast is usually clean, but Juan is passionate about what he does and there are a couple expletives in this episode!
35:41
March 21, 2019
Assets In Seats
Joshua and Kellen are solo again and talking about remote working culture and failures in respecting and promoting the benefits of remote working.
27:08
March 14, 2019
Reverse Interview - Bekah Hawrot Weigel!
We're stupidly excited to have Bekah Hawrot Weigel return to the podcast to swap roles with Kellen and Joshua for the last episode of a series of reverse interviews, where we let newer developers from #100DaysOfCode ask us any questions they like!
38:18
March 7, 2019
Reverse Interview - Eri Hariono
We talk to Eri from Jakarta, Indonesia, who is currently shifting from a career in law to software development, in part two of a series of reverse interviews, where we let newer developers from #100DaysOfCode ask us any questions they like!
17:10
February 28, 2019
Reverse Interview - Michael Gallipo
Michael Gallipo turns the tables on Joshua and Kellen in our first of a series of reverse interviews, where we ask newer developers from #100DaysOfCode to ask us any questions they like!
33:31
February 21, 2019
Motivating a Development Team: The Wrong Job!
Part 4 of 4 of our series on motivation! Joshua and Kellen talk about what happens when someone is simply in the wrong position. This might be due to a promotion or when they're hired, either can have a significant impact on motivation.
17:33
February 14, 2019
Motivating a Development Team: The Fear!
Part 3 of 4 of our series on motivation!. Joshua and Kellen talk about how fear plays into motivation. Specifically, how fear is a poor motivator and can trigger behaviour that doesn't promote building great apps.
23:55
February 7, 2019
Motivating a Development Team: Investment and Candybars
Part 2 of 4 of our series on motivation!. Joshua and Kellen talk about team member investment, candybars and bricks? We look at what does and doesn't make a team feel invested in the work they're doing.
21:08
January 29, 2019
Motivating a Development Team: The Intro!
Joshua and Kellen introduce the concept of motivation on a development team. The first in a 4 part series! Motivation is a big topic!
14:05
January 22, 2019
Moms Can Code! An incredible chat with Bekah Hawrot Weigel
Joshua and Bekah discuss Moms Can Code a community supporting women, particularly mothers with their journey to becoming software developers.
25:04
November 13, 2018
Stop hiring the same devs over and over!
Joshua and Kellen discuss how variety benefits a development team, how teams end up with little variety and what you can do to improve the situation.
18:01
November 6, 2018
Estimation and the Cone of Uncertainty... Are there chili peppers hidden in your project?
Joshua and Kellen discuss estimation techniques and how to improve your ability to estimate how long tasks will take, whether it's you doing them or your team.
20:35
October 31, 2018
So you've got an app idea... Now what the heck do you do?
Joshua and Kellen walk through a really basic checklist of things to do to translate your app idea into a reality.
21:55
October 23, 2018
Hiring Remote Workers: Can you get apps done with Upwork?
Joshua discusses hiring and using remote workers, specifically from Upwork.
09:11
October 19, 2018
Working remotely... for cookies.
Joshua introduces part time co-host Kellen Piffner and they discuss working remotely, challenges and benefits. Lots of tips for improving working from home, for both individuals and businesses.
12:38
October 15, 2018
Don't chuck innovation over the waterfall!
Joshua discusses how setting yourself up to plan too far ahead of time stifles innovation and what you can do instead.
06:13
October 9, 2018
What do boxes, canoes and MVPs have in common?
In today's episode, Joshua explores the concept of a minimum-viable-product in more detail and highlights the emphasis on focus rather than just doing less of a job.
07:34
September 27, 2018
Common App Building Mistakes That May Be Costing You Money!
Some common things that cost time and money when building applications.
11:49
September 21, 2018
Do your apps work? Yeah, but do they REALLY work?
There's a difference between just building an app and building an app that works for your customers.
08:30
September 20, 2018
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