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The Architect and The Executive

The Architect and The Executive

By The Architect and The Executive
A technology podcast covering software engineering, architecture, design, delivery, management, leadership, personal development, and even a little philosophy.
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TAATE Presents - Bryan Kenneweg, Micah McMullen, Imran Kasam
In this episode we’re joined by Micah McMullen and Bryan Kenneweg, who are co-authors, with Imran, of a book about Mendix and programming with low code. You can order their book, Building Low-Code Applications with Mendix, on Amazon today!  This conversation covers a lot of ground; from the backgrounds of the authors, to technology, to low-code, and the expectations of young developers today. We're sure you'll enjoy this free-form conversation about writing a book, working with editors, and how technology impacts our lives.
February 11, 2021
Yoga, Stoicism, and Philosophy II
We're returning to three of our favorite topics! Join us as we talk about yoga, stoicism, philosophy, and living a better life. This episode is all about how these schools of thought approach the body, mind, ego, attachments, identity, and devotion. We even touch on the process of eating, and transforming food into a part of you. Join us for an engaging conversation!
February 04, 2021
TAATE Presents - Jason Teunissen
In this episode of TAATE Presents we're talking with Jason Teunissen, a Mendix MVP, designer, podcaster, former Mendix employee, New Zealanader, and now from the Netherlands! Be passionate about what you do! We cover a variety of topics from Mendix, to low code, design, UI, UX, community, AI, what it means to be human, and finding something you're passionate about.
January 28, 2021
TAATE Presents - Mark Manning
In this episode we're joined by Mark Manning, Customer Evangelist, from Mendix. Mark shares his unique view of software development in low code, and in general. Mark's role allows him to investigate how Mendix customers are using the platform and it provides a view into development which most people don't get an opportunity to experience. If you're evaluating Mendix as a platform this is a great informational episode for you. There are numerous examples of how Mendix is being used in the marketplace to deliver value to customers.
January 21, 2021
How We Work - Process
This episode is a follow-up to our tools episode, How We Work. This time we're focused on the processes we use each day. We end up covering topics like time management, time blocking, calendar maintenance, setting expectations, personal growth, performance, and many others. Join us and learn how to crush your day!
September 17, 2020
In this episode we’re talking about priority. You’ve all heard it, "when everything is a priority, nothing is". Not sure who said it, but it's natural truism. When we talk about priority, we're usually talking about which project, epic, or story is most important given current circumstances.You need to be able to figure out what's most important if you have multiple competing projects, needs, tasks, or ways to apply your resources. Given the right context, could you figure out the priority of a list of projects? Would having input in the decision and delivery process improve your ability to deliver? Would it improve your commitment to the project?
September 10, 2020
Interviewing and Recruiting
Join us in this episode for a conversation about how to interview, recruit, and find the best people for your team. We're not sharing a secret site, or a special code for Indeed. This is all about the process. We talk about how we approach the task, and share examples from more than twenty years in software management.
September 03, 2020
Architectural Patterns
Fun conversation about architectural patterns, domain driven design, knowing when to formalize your process, and what to listen for from your users, which might indicate you need a change. We work though a physical onboarding process as an example of how to build microservices. We even manage to include fax machines! It's a wild ride!
August 27, 2020
This is a Podcast. You can too.
Today we’re diving into our origin story and how we decided to produce a podcast about our personal and professional journey. More importantly, we’re talking about how you can do the same thing! It's our belief everyone has a unique point of view. You have something to share. This episode will explain the tools we use and our process for recording and publishing our podcast.
August 20, 2020
What are you doing now?
How are you spending your time? This episode is a review of how we’re spending our time and we hope it will make you think about your own situation. What are you doing now that you can’t go to the bar as easily, or events are shut down. Are you investing in yourself? As you'll notice, we talk about writing a lot in this episode. It's good advice overall. Putting pen to paper, or fingers to keys, and getting thoughts down in some manner will help you organize your thoughts. Be willing to put yourself out there. You have a unique point of view and an authentic story to tell. Can you find the courage to write it down, record it, or share it?
August 13, 2020
Incident Response
Are you looking to improve your incident response process for your applications? Have a recent outage that made for a bad night? This is the episode for you!  In this episode we discuss Incident Response at an Enterprise level! From monitoring, to response planning, troubleshooting, and how to handle an active event, we've got it covered. There's even a starter template for your root cause analysis (RCA) available in the show notes.  This episode will help you be better prepared should your application fail.
August 06, 2020
How We Work
This epsiode is all about how we work! We're a couple of productivity junkies who are constantly looking for new ways to improve our daily flow.  We're joined in this episode by Steve Peele, a fellow productivity hacker, who fits right in! As you'll hear in this face paced conversation, we use a lot of the same tools, and each of us has our unique spin on how to get the most from each day.
July 30, 2020
Success with Low Code at Scale
This is the third in our series about using Low Code at scale in an enterprise environment. In this episode we take a deeper look at how we're using low code at work, how we've built a microservices infrastructure, and discuss our experiences while pushing the envelope. We talk about our processes and how we grew from a handful of engineering folks to more than thirty, and from three teams to ten. This isn't all low code related, it's about software, process, and delivery. Enjoy!
July 09, 2020
Low Code at Scale - Challenges
This is the second in our series about using Low Code at scale in an enterprise environment. In this episode we dive into some of the challenges we've faced while working with low code at scale, including recruiting, training, testing, hosting, and dev ops processes. These challenges are present in any environment, but we're focused on low code. Enjoy!
July 02, 2020
Low Code at Scale
In this episode we talk about low code, platform versatility, how low code differs from more traditional development. We discuss how to know if your project is right for trying out low code. We even talk about the SLDC, which is near and dear to everyone in software development.
June 25, 2020
Yoga, Stoicism, and Philosophy
In this episode we continue our mindfulness discussion with a deeper dive into Yoga, Stoicism, and how we use these philosophies in our daily lives. We focus on the origins of these two schools of thought, and how similar they are, despite the apparent differences.  Please join us for a fun discussion and some suggestions on how to live a happier life.
June 18, 2020
Mindfulness, Meditation, and Divergent Thinking
In this episode we discuss mindfulness, meditation and how to use both to improve your work day. We also talk about cognitive approaches to thought, and why convergent and divergent thinking are important for everyone, especially developers. We talk about how to plan time for yourself each day, creating a "don't do list", and how to find your flow state.
June 11, 2020
Defensive Programming in a Low Code Environment
In this episode we dive into the topic of Defensive Programming with a focus on how to be defensive in a low code / no code platform. We talk about general rules for success related to defensive programming, and what to look for when working in a micro flow and low code environment.
June 04, 2020
Remote Team Building, Management, and Mind Reading
In this episode we talk about how to build, and manage a remote team. We share some of the challenges we've had over the past three years, as well as tips on how to be successful with your new remote work style. You won't learn to be a mind reader, but this episode will help you improve communication channels and make it look like you can read minds!
May 28, 2020
What Will You Leave Behind
In this episode of the Architect and the Executive, we dive into the idea of "What will you leave behind". It started as an interview question but grew into much more, as you'll hear. We talk about the impact you have in your every day interactions with family, friends, and co-workers.
May 21, 2020