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Tech Career Talk

Tech Career Talk

By Tom Henricksen
Welcome to Tech Career Talk podcast, where we help tech professionals develop their career.
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The Three Ways
In this episode of Tech Career Talk, we discuss the Three Ways of DevOps. This was a term Gene Kim uses in some of his writing. This comes from a popular post on
April 18, 2020
Should I task out my stories in Scrum?
In this episode, we share a popular post from where we discuss if we should task out our stories in Scrum. I weigh in on this topic and share my thoughts. Read more here:
April 11, 2020
Story telling for tech professionals with Jennifer MacMillan
Yes, tech professionals shouldn't just focus on data! In this episode, Jennifer MacMillan who coaches speakers on how to develop great stories shares her insights. Learn how to level up your storytelling skills. Technical professionals need more than a great dataset, they need a story!
April 5, 2020
DevOps Online Summit 2020
In this episode, we discuss the upcoming DevOps Online Summit. Get more information here.
April 2, 2020
What is Scrumban with Andrew Stellman
Andrew Stellman tells us what Scrumban is. He shares how it draws from Scrum and Kanban. Andrew also clears up some misconceptions people have with it too. This is from a recent Orielly ebook he wrote.
March 28, 2020
Anja Bonatto - Agile One on One Coaching
Anja Bonatto joins us to discuss the value of One on One Coaching for Agile Teams. She shares how it is different from team coaching and when we should use it. This is a great tool to have in your toolbelt! Some problems are best addressed One on One.
March 21, 2020
Story Mapping to bring your Backlog to Life
Story mapping is a powerful tool. As agilists we need to understand how to use this with our backlog.
March 17, 2020
Leadership Is Language - Book Summary and Review
In this episode, we discuss David Marquet's new book Leadership is Language. He shares his new playbook that we can use for leading teams. David is quite popular in the agile community for his approach to teamwork.  Amazon link:
March 7, 2020
Fixing your Scrum with Ryan Ripley
Ryan Ripley, from Agile for Humans podcast, sits down with us to share about his new book. Fixing your Scrum was just published by The Pragmatic Programmer. Get your copy here:
February 29, 2020
Are You Quick? with Joshua Kerievsky Part 2
In this episode, we share more insights from Joshua Kerievsky's appearance on the Agile Online Meetup. The session was entitled, "Are you Quick?". He talks about how we need to be quick but, not hasty. The value delivery is important at a high speed. Joshua Kerievsky is the CEO of Industrial Logic.
February 22, 2020
Are You Quick? with Joshua Kerievsky Part 1
In this episode, we share some insights from Joshua Kerievsky appearance on the Agile Online Meetup. The session was entitled, "Are you Quick?". He talks about how we need to be quick but, not hasty. The value delivery is important at a high speed. Joshua Kerievsky is the CEO of Industrial Logic.
February 15, 2020
How to use Agile Agreements and Norms with Greg Mester
Greg Mester from 5 AM Mester Scrum joins us to share how he uses agile agreements and norms to help groups form. He uses these principals even with his kids. Connect with Greg here:
February 8, 2020
How Tech Professionals can use LinkedIn with Ed Han
Ed Han is a LinkedIn expert. As a recruiter, he sees all the good and bad ways to use LinkedIn. Ed shares with us technical professionals ways to leverage LinkedIn to find a good job and how not to get into trouble as well! Connect with Ed
February 1, 2020
From developer to DevOps
In this episode, we review a common question about how developers can move to DevOps. We review some key skills that are needed for the transition. This is from a popular post we have from the blog:
January 25, 2020
Career Journey and Review with Paul D'Aula
In this episode, Paul D'Aula shares with us his career journey. He details his various stops along with his career. From working on Wall Street to Insurance he worked in many domains and with numerous technologies.
January 18, 2020
Agile Fluency Model with Ahmed Avais
In this episode, Ahmed Avais discusses the Agile Fluency Model. He shares what it is, how to use it, and where to go to get more information about it. Here are some of the resources Ahmed recommends and Connect with Ahmed on LinkedIn
January 11, 2020
Leadership Agility - Ken Roberts
In this episode, we discuss leadership agility with Ken Roberts. Ken is an agile coach with Better Ways Agility. He also leads the Lean/Agile Princeton Meetup. He discusses the Cynefin Framework, Michael Hamman and his book Evolvagilty, Growing Leadership culture inside and Active Listening Connect with Ken on LinkedIn
January 4, 2020
Specializing in Software Development
Join us for a wonderful interview with Javier Lozano. He shares with us about his career journey in software development where he specializes in .Net development. Javier has his own company and is a Microsoft MVP. Learn more about what that is and how he co-founded a .Net User Group in Central Iowa. Connect with Javier on LinkedIn
December 28, 2019
Software Delivery Coach
In this episode, Cecil Williams discusses being a Software Delivery Coach. From his days in the Nuclear industry to a Software Delivery Coach Cecil shares his experience. He currently works with Industrial Logic. Connect with Cecil on LinkedIn
December 21, 2019
In this episode, we discuss the CALMS model. This is a model used to assess organizational readiness to transition to DevOps. From the DevOps Online Summit, we have a clip from Helen Beal. Helen shared the CALMS model with us. We dive in and define the model and all its attributes.
December 14, 2019
Quality Engineer with Ashok Tulachan
Quality Engineer and Selenium expert, Ashok Tulachan, shares with us what a Quality Engineer does. He talks about the skills and tools we need to work in this role. Connect with Ashok on LinkedIn or his website
December 7, 2019
Agile Online Summit Book Club
This episode is a special announcement for our Agile Online Summit Book Club. We are going to start this out for December.  The book club will read through agile books and discuss them in our Slack group. It is FREE to join so you can't say no! Head over to and get your ticket. Then grab the book and start reading along with everyone.
December 2, 2019
5 tips for a tech job search
In this video, Adam Viet shares 5 tips for a tech job search. 1. Always be expanding your skillset 2. Utilize a recruiting service 3. Always tailor your resume to the job 4. Reverse engineer your job search 5. Always look to expand your network
November 30, 2019
Technical Team Coach with Tim Gifford
In this episode, Tim Gifford discusses being a Technical Team Coach. Working for Lean Techniques he helps the team learn and develop. Tim encourages cooperation and collaboration with Test-Driven Development and Coding Dojos. Connect with Tim on LinkedIn or check out Lean Techniques:
November 23, 2019
Working in DevOps with Sriram Puligadda
In this episode, we discuss working in DevOps with Sriram Puligadda. He shares with us all the different skills and challenges DevOps professionals face. From cloud technologies, containerization and much more. Sriram helps us understand what it takes to work in DevOps. Connect with Sriram on LinkedIn
November 16, 2019
Behavior Driven Development with Richard Lawerence
In this episode, we learn the basics of Behavior Driven Development from Richard Lawerence. He shares what it means and how we can use it. This is a sample of some of the great content we have from the Agile Online Summit! If you want more become a VIP  Also, check out Richard Lawerence's book here:
November 9, 2019
Using a Technical Recruiter with Mike Stanfel
In this episode, Mike Stanfel from Global Tech Services shares how using a good technical recruiter can be valuable. He explains how to find a good recruiter too.
November 2, 2019
The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt
In this episode, we talk about Eliyahu Goldratt's classic book The Goal: A Process of ongoing improvement. We discuss some key topics such as optimizing the whole system, removing waste, and the Theory of Constraints.
October 26, 2019
Agile Working Agreements
Let's talk about Agile Working Agreements. What should you have in yours and when you should use it.  Read more about this here.
October 19, 2019
Working in Quality Assurance
In this episode, Dusty Juhl shares with us his experience as a Quality Assurance professional. He also discusses his own business and the Des Moines Area Quality Assurance  Association.  Trestle Trail Technology: His personal site: DAQAA:
October 5, 2019
Agile Online Summit
In this special episode, we are going to talk about the Agile Online Summit that starts next week. Register now at and don't miss this exciting event with great agile speakers. 
October 3, 2019
Tech Career Talk - The value of Database Skills
In this episode, we talk with Database expert Ben Brumm from He shares with us why we should all know database skills and what jobs use them. Check out his website at
September 28, 2019
Being a Business Analyst
In this episode, Ashish Nangia discusses with me being a lead Business Analyst. He shares what skills are needed and some of the challenges they face. Connect with Ashish on LinkedIn.
September 21, 2019
What is Value Stream Mapping?
In this episode, Agile Coach Tom Cagley shares about what Value Stream Mapping is and when we should use it. He also discusses a few related topics that are sometimes confused with Value Stream Mapping. Tom's blog Tom's podcast
September 14, 2019
Tech Career Talk - Being a Technology Leader
In this episode, Boe Bruns a Senior Manager of Software Development at discusses the lessons he has learned as a technology leader.
September 7, 2019
Tech Career Talk - Matthew Zach
Matthew Zach started out as a developer then became a manager of technology teams. He recently started as a Director with Workiva in Ames Iowa. Matthew shares with us some guidance for those new in technology and those who have recently become a technology leader.
August 31, 2019
Tech Career Talk - Nate Buwalda
Nate Buwalda, a Technical Product Owner at John Deere in Urbandale, Iowa share with us his career development. Working with many different companies in software development his career has grown and expanded.
August 24, 2019
Tech Career Talk - Dustin Thostenson
Dustin Thostenson shares with us how his technology career has grown and changed. From a full-time developer to a consultant and coach, he helps technology teams become more productive.
August 17, 2019
Technical Leader - Mike Freed
Mike Freed shares with us many things he has learned along the way in his tech career. From being the "Elvis of Clipper" to a leader in technology.
August 10, 2019
Tech Career Talk - John Couture
In this episode, John Couture shares with us the keys to leading technology teams, what skills are important to be successful in technology, and why we need to understand our Emotional Intelligence.
August 3, 2019
Tech Career Talk - Greg Jensen
In this episode, we talk to technology leader Greg Jensen. He shares some guidance for new technology leaders and some pain points we might encounter. Greg and I's book Tech Survival 101
July 27, 2019
Finding the right fit for you
In this episode, we discuss "Finding the right fit for you" from the book Tech Survival 101 I co-wrote with Greg Jensen from CDS Global.  We discuss a few items in this chapter including: Technical Breadth Tools or Systems vs Applications People Management The book is available on Amazon so check it out there!
July 20, 2019
Code Smells
In this episode, we discuss code smells. These are signs that your computer program might need some changes as it is producing a bad odor.
July 13, 2019
Powerful Python
We discuss what the Python programming language is and why it is so popular. It has a great community behind it and strong data-structure support making it in-demand for Big Data positions.
July 6, 2019
Onboarding Developers
In this episode, we discuss how we can effectively onboard developers quickly.  From hiring, to offer acceptance up to when they have fully integrated to the team. 
June 29, 2019
Scrum of Scrums
In this episode, we discuss the Scrum scaling technique know as the Scrum of Scrums. This is a way of having many Scrum teams coordinate work together.
June 22, 2019
Tech Career Talk - Agile Online Meetup Announcement
In this special announcement for the June Agile Online Meetup, we share about how you can hear from Doc Norton about “Escape Velocity: Better metrics for Agile teams”  on June 25th at 2 PM! Register here
June 17, 2019
What is .Net?
We discuss what the .Net Framework is and what are some of its benefits. The architecture has a few key parts that we detail and we compare it to Java.
June 15, 2019
What is XML?
We define what XML is. Why it was invented and how it is used. We also discuss how to work with it and some history of XML.
June 8, 2019
Agile Aggravations
Let's discuss some of the Agile Aggravations many teams will encounter as they move to Scrum.  User Story Struggles Smelly Stand-ups Run-of-the-mill Retros Check the new eBook here.
June 1, 2019
What is a full-stack developer?
In this episode, we discuss the skills needed to be a full-stack developer.
May 25, 2019
Know thy tech!
Excerpt from Know Thy Client: A Technical Primer For Technical Staffing Professionals SDLC Basics Analysis Design Coding Testing Implementation Read more here! Or check out the book on Amazon
May 18, 2019
What is Big Data?
In this episode, we define the term Big Data, discuss Predictive Analytics, management, technologies, and the 5 Vs of Big Data.  Learn more here.
May 4, 2019
What is liberating structures?
In this episode I share what is liberating structures. I researched this topic that I first heard from Ryan Ripley on Agile For Humans.  Using these you can help engage more people and get more innovative solutions.
April 27, 2019
Your online brand with LinkedIn
Let's discuss some key tips for your LinkedIn profile and resume. How to make yourself standout and get the basics covered even for those who are not looking to change jobs. Learn more here.
April 20, 2019
What is a Code Kata?
Let's review what a Code Kata is and how important practice is to developers. Learn more here.
April 13, 2019
Leading technical teams
We review how important it is to have technical chops, communication skills, and being able to spot trends to lead technical teams. From TechnoLeaders available on Amazon.
April 6, 2019
Evolution of software development
Let's review three types of software development methodologies. Waterfall or SDLC Agile DevOps  
March 30, 2019
Evolving Your Mindset
How do your thoughts change your outcome? Think about your mindset and its effect on your work and life. Do you have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset? We detail Carol Dweck's research and how it can impact your life. Read more here.
March 23, 2019
Business Relationship Management
In this episode, we discuss Business Relationship Management and how it affects technical professionals.  We need to build connections, promote opportunities and understand our stakeholders. From the book Relationship Management for Technical Professionals.
March 16, 2019
I came, I saw, I Kanban!
In this episode, we discuss the basics of Kanban.  We cover the Work in Process limits or WIP.  The benefits of Kanban: Shorter cycle times More responsive Creates transparency Visualize flow Illuminates bottlenecks And Kanban tools too.  Learn more here.
March 9, 2019
Why learn Java?
In this episode we discuss six reasons you should consider learning Java. Widely Used Transferable Simple Gateway Community Rich API Learn more here.
March 2, 2019
Common Engineering Issues
In this episode, we discuss common engineering issues. From the obsession with tools to focus on the time scarcity and the challenges. Engineers have to share opportunities and educate their co-workers. Find out more here:
February 23, 2019
Episode 13: What is Scrum?
In this episode we discuss the core principles of Scrum Theory Transparency Inspection Adaption And the core of the Scrum Process, the Sprint. Check out more here
February 16, 2019
Episode 12: Tech Career Goals
In this episode of Tech Career Talk, let's look at how and why we should set our own tech career goals. We discuss how to look at areas to learn our technical skills, what ways we can share our skills and improve ourselves, and how each of us should create to expand our influence and skills.
February 9, 2019
Episode 11: What is Mob Programming?
In this episode of Tech Career Talk, we explore Mob Programming. We answer three questions. What is it? Why we should try it? How do we do it? Link to Woody Zuill's talk:
February 2, 2019
Episode 10: The Perfect Tech Job
In this episode of Tech Career Talk, we discuss how you can find your Perfect Tech Job. First, we start with some questions to get you thinking what would work best for you. Then we explore your network, recruiters, and your online profile.
January 26, 2019
Episode 9: Starting DevOps
In this episode of Tech Career Talk, we discuss what to do when you start your DevOps journey. Find a key metric to measure, ensure focus, design a workflow, seek opportunities to automate, develop experiments, and build the right culture.
January 19, 2019
Episode 8: DevOps Defined
In this episode of Tech Career Talk, we define DevOps. We answer these three questions. What is DevOps? What are the Benefits? and How DevOps Works?
January 12, 2019
Episode 7: Technical Debt
In this episode of Tech Career Talk, we discuss Technical Debt. We explain what it is, why it is a problem, and how to fix it.
January 5, 2019
Episode 6: Building A Great Tech Team
In this episode of Tech Career Talk, we talk about ways to build a great tech team. First, you want to make sure you have a good culture fit. It is important to hold out for the right person to add to your team or organization. To keep things going we need to Seed, Feed, and Weed. Seed, find new team members. Feed, develop those you have. Weed, coach out those who don't fit.
December 29, 2018
Episode 5: 7 Hallmarks of Great Developers
In this episode, we review the 7 Hallmarks of Great Developers. 1. Humble 2. Clarity 3. Basics 4. Curious 5. Communicator 6. Feedback 7. Discipline Based on this post:
December 22, 2018
Episode 4: The Lean Startup
In this episode, we discuss Eric Ries book The Lean Startup. There are many principles in this book that apply to technology professionals and that we should know. From MVP(Minimum Viable Product) to Validated Learning these are ideas we should have an understanding of.
December 15, 2018
Episode 3: Build your Technology Radar
In this episode, we discuss Neal Ford’s idea of building a Technology Radar. This idea will help you decide what technologies you want to hold on, assess, try out, and adopt. This is a link to Neal's blog:
December 8, 2018
Episode 2: Did you get your 20 miles in today?
In this episode of Tech Career Talk, we discuss the insights Jim Collins shares in his book Great By Choice. He profiles two teams that set to reach the South Pole in 1911. The two teams had different approaches and yielded different results.
December 1, 2018
Episode 1: Technical Workers Development Plan
In this episode, we discuss how we can create a Technical Workers Development Plan. We start with an assessment of where we are, then establish goals that are technical and soft skill focused too. We look for our options for training and then take action. The final part is to build in a re-assessment periodically to make sure you are on track.
November 24, 2018