Developer Tea
Developer Tea
Jonathan Cutrell
Developer Tea exists to help driven developers connect to their ultimate purpose and excel at their work so that they can positively impact the people they influence. With over 13 million downloads to date, Developer Tea is a short podcast hosted by Jonathan Cutrell (@jcutrell), co-founder of Spec and Director of Engineering at PBS. We hope you'll take the topics from this podcast and continue the conversation, either online or in person with your peers. Twitter: @developertea :: Email: developertea@gmail.com
The Shape of Work
In today's episode, we talk about how much of our behavior is shaped by the invisible assumptions we make about our constraints, abilities, and context.
Jan 18
26 min
Why We Believe Ourselves (Even When We're Proven Wrong)
Why do we believe we are right, even when it's easy to see we're wrong? There are psychological reasons, and there are basic biological and even logical reasons why believing you are right is easier than questioning yourself.
Jan 13
18 min
Designing Your Skill Portfolio
Portfolios benefit from diversity and risk management. You can think about your skills in the same way. But skills are more than just a portfolio. They also require an integrated approach; one skill modifies another. Learning to stack your skills will make your learning and growth much higher leverage.
Jan 11
20 min
Optionality Sweet Spot
Today, we talk about options. A few thoughts we consider: Are options always good? How often do we think about *all* of our options? Is there a way to trend towards having only good options? And, most importantly, how can we strike the right balance between time invested and optimal choice?
Jan 6
20 min
The Dangers of Measuring Side Effects
You want to measure what matters. But your measurements might change what matters. Understanding that anything that is measured might modify behaviors, it's important to then understand what should be targeted. How can we incentivize the right actions that produce the side effects we want, rather than incentivizing direct manipulation of those side effects?
Jan 4
20 min
If Actions Speak Louder Than Words, What Are Yours Saying?
Your actions speak louder than words. You already know that. But have you asked yourself what your actions are saying about who you are?
Dec 31, 2020
26 min
Imagining the End
It's hard to construct with deconstruction in mind. It's difficult to imagine designing for final shutdown. In this episode, we talk about the importance of transformation and change, and the ultimate reality of everything: it all ends, at some point. If we want to build better software and lead better lives, we should build with open eyes about the end. Today, we also celebrate the shutdown of Spec.fm, the podcast network Developer Tea has been a part of for over 5 years!
Dec 28, 2020
15 min
Making Things Invisible
Our conscious thinking is optimized to remove as much as possible. The more we can accomplish without hard thinking, the easier it is on our brains. As a side effect, much of the reality of our lives becomes invisible to us.
Dec 23, 2020
21 min
The Paradox of Transcendence
Becoming enlightened may not mean rising above everything. Instead, maybe it means zooming in.
Dec 21, 2020
9 min
Misusing Exceptions in Code and in Life
Exceptions are, by definition, unusual. An exception is something we wouldn't expect - out of the norm. Yet, we often craft much of our behavior around an abundance of perceived exceptions. In this episode, we talk about how this is a problem in code and in life, and a way to look at things differently.
Dec 16, 2020
21 min
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