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HinduLounge: Conversations over Coffee is brought to you by HinduPACT, Hindu Policy Research and Advocacy Collective, an initiative of World Hindu Council of America (VHPA). HinduLounge: Conversations over Coffee brings you fascinating guests to talk on issues from American Hindu perspective. It is hosted by Utsav Chakrabarti and Ajay Shah
 
This is a weekly podcast focused on developer productivity and the teams and leaders dedicated to improving it. Topics include in-depth interviews with Platform and DevEx teams, as well as the latest research and approaches on measuring developer productivity. The EE podcast is hosted by Abi Noda, the founder and CEO of DX (getdx.com) and published researcher focused on developing measurement methods to help organizations improve developer experience and productivity.
 
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Vikas Agarwal is an engineering leader with over twenty years of experience leading engineering teams. We focused this episode on his experience as the Head of Community Trust at Amazon and dealing with the various challenges of fake reviews on Amazon products. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts Highlights (GPT-3 generated) [0:00:17] Vikas …
 
Nathen Harvey, who leads DORA at Google, explains what DORA is, how it has evolved in recent years, the common challenges companies face as they adopt DORA metrics, and where the program may be heading in the future. — Discussion points: (1:48) What DORA is today and how it exists within Google (3:37) The vision for Google and DORA coming together …
 
This week's guest is Dr. Margaret-Anne Storey, who goes by the name Peggy. Peggy is a professor of Computer Science at the University of Victoria, the Chief Scientist at DX, and co-author of the SPACE Framework, which is the topic of focus in this episode. Today’s conversation discusses what the SPACE framework is and what went into developing the …
 
This week’s guest is Jeremiah Lee, who was previously a manager at Stripe and product manager at Spotify. This conversation focuses on org structure, and specifically Jeremiah’s experience with the popular squad model from Spotify. Jeremiah provides the backstory on where the model came from, what parts of the model were a challenge, and advice for…
 
Jean-Michel Lemieux, former CTO of Shopify and VP of Engineering at Atlassian, explains how to advocate for investing in platform work, which projects to fund, and what distinguishes a great platform leader. — Discussion points: (1:38) Jean-Michel’s definition of platform work (6:44) Why reliability, performance, and stability do fall within platfo…
 
Mike Bland is a software instigator - he helped drive adoption of automated testing at Google, and the Quality Culture Initiative at Apple. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts Mike’s blog was instrumental towards my decision to pick a job in developer productivity/platform engineering. We talk about the Rainbow of Death - the idea of driving…
 
Jonathan Biddle, Director of Engineering Effectiveness at Wayfair, shares the story of how his team found repeat success and subsequently grew in size and scope. He shares lessons they’ve borrowed from startups, including understanding the adoption curve and knowing your core users, and offers advice for other platform teams looking to move to the …
 
Ian White, Director of Platform Engineering at DAT, joined the company to scale their Kubernetes-based cloud infrastructure, which has come under stress as their business has grown over the past couple years. Here he shares how he partnered with developers to learn about their challenges, how we conveyed a vision for how the company needed to evolv…
 
Brian Guthrie, co-founder and CTO at Orgspace and former VP of Engineering at Meetup, has the unique experience of having previously decommissioned his Platform team. In this episode, Brian talks about that story openly, and shares advice for Platform teams to make sure they’re well positioned within their organizations. Discussion points: Brian’s …
 
Max Kanat-Alexander and Or Michael Berlowitz (Berlo), share how they gather both periodic and real-time feedback from developers. Discussion points: Overview of the listening channels used by Max and Berlo’s team - [00:00:58] Origin story of the Developer Engagement and Insights team - [00:02:49] Perspectives on volume metrics - [00:05:00] How the …
 
Benjy Weinberger is the co-founder of Toolchain, a build tool platform. He is one of the creators of the original Pants, an in-house Twitter build system focused on Scala, and was the VP of Infrastructure at Foursquare. Toolchain now focuses on Pants 2, a revamped build system. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts In this episode, we go back …
 
Mark Côté, Director of Engineering of Developer Infrastructure at Shopify, explains an exercise the Infrastructure group went through to define their boundaries of work. He shares their areas of focus, the team’s guiding principles, how they use their developer happiness survey to decide what to prioritize, and more. — Discussion points: (0:48) Mar…
 
Puneet Gupta is the co-founder and CEO of Amberflo, a cloud metering and usage based pricing platform. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts In this episode, we discuss Puneet’s fascinating background early at AWS as a GM and his early experience at Oracle Cloud. We initially discuss why AWS shipped S3 as its first product before any other ser…
 
Utsav Shah, who leads Platform at Vanta and previously led Developer Effectiveness at Dropbox, shares the story of Dropbox’s journey with measuring developer productivity. Utsav discusses what he learned about both system and survey-based measures, his opinion on the usefulness of common Git metrics, and more.…
 
Michael Galloway (Doma and ex-Netflix) describes his process for interviewing developers to understand where his team should focus. He also explains how he thinks about the strategic value of a Platform team. Resources mentioned: Customer Interview Guide Customer Interview QuestionsBy DX
 
In this episode, Willie Yao, Head of Infrastructure at Notion and former Head of Developer Infrastructure at Airbnb, provides a unique perspective on how Developer Experience teams work in hypergrowth companies. He shares how Airbnb developed a customer-first mindset internally, what it took to get Airbnb’s leadership invested in that effort, and h…
 
Twitter’s Developer Experience team is more mature than most. Here, Jasmine James, a Senior Engineering Manager - Developer Experience, explains how her team manages support requests, why they consider personas as part of their prioritization, and how they present the ROI of the team’s work.By DX
 
Akshay Buddiga is the co-founder and CTO of Traba, a labor management platform. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts Sorry for the long hiatus in episodes! Today’s episode covers a myriad of interesting topics - from being the star of one of the internet’s first viral videos, to experiencing the hyper-growth at the somewhat controversial Zene…
 
In this special episode, Dr. Nicole Forsgren, author of award-winning book Accelerate and co-author of "The SPACE of Developer Productivity", talks about her work with DORA, the inspiration behind the SPACE framework, and how she's thinking about developer experience. Watch the on-demand fireside chat or read the announcement of Nicole joining DX a…
 
Brent Strange, Director of Engineering Excellence at GoDaddy, has a unique perspective on the role of an internal enablement team because he focuses more on the people and processes instead of tooling. Here he shares his perspective on org structure, as well as the role of agile coaches and his response to some of the negative views that exist towa…
 
Sylvestor George (Staff Software Engineer on Slack’s Internal Tools Team) led a project to move the entire development experience to remote environments, which was widely regarded as a “dramatically better experience”. Here he shares the full story of that project, including how they identified the problem, the solution they created, and how they c…
 
In this episode Abi Noda is joined by Crystal Hirschorn, who leads Platform Infrastructure, SRE, and Developer Experience at Snyk. In their conversation, Crystal shares the story behind the recently founded Developer experience group, including why they named the team Developer Experience, how she calculates the cost of the problems they solve, and…
 
Max Pugliese, formerly the Director of Developer Experience at IBM, offers a look at what it’s like to support tens of thousands of engineers. He explains why it’s important to think about the culture and processes surrounding the tooling changes a team tries to implement, how to stay close to developers, and more.…
 
In this episode Abi speaks with Jelmer Borst, Product Manager for Picnic Technologies’ Platform group. Jelmer explains what the value is of having a PM in an internal-facing team, and shares his process for gathering feedback from developers to understand where they’re experiencing friction.By DX
 
James Cowling is the co-founder of Convex, a state management platform for web developers. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts We discuss the state of web development in the industry today, and the various different approaches to make it easier. Contrasting the Hasura and Convex approach as a good way to illustrate some of the ideas. Hasura …
 
In this episode we’re joined by Minh Pham and Titus Stone from Ibotta’s Developer Experience team. You’ll hear their story about how the DX team came into existence, why they view a DX team as a “startup within a startup”, and their vision for what DX at Ibotta will become.By DX
 
This week, join hosts Utsav Chakrabarti and Ajay Shah as they talk to Anjali Rimi, President and CEO of Parivar on our Pride Month Special. Anjali is a woman of Transgender, Kinnar Southasian, Immigrant, and Hindu experiences with roots in India. She is based in San Francisco Bay Area and is known for her unapologetic Trans advocacy…
 
Josh Twist is the co-founder and CEO of Zuplo, a programmable, developer friendly API Gateway Management Platform. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts We discuss a new category of developer tools startups - API Gateway Management Platforms. We go over what an API Gateway is, why do companies use gateways, common pain-points in gateway manage…
 
Will Larson, the CTO at Calm, covers a wide range of topics including whether Infrastructure Engineering is chronically understaffed, the role of Eng Ops, how his opinion on the “build vs buy” question has changed, his thoughts on metrics, and more. Helpful resources: Will's Infraeng book Will's article, Infrastructure planning Will's article, How …
 
This week, Utsav Chakrabarti and Ajay Shah interview Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain who is representing Hindus in the Gyanvapi mandir case, where Hindus are seeking to reclaim a Shiva Mandir destroyed by Mogul tyrant Aurangzeb who then built a mosque on the remnants of the mandir. Adv. Jain and his father also successfully represented Hindus in the S…
 
Ted Young is the Director of Developer Education at Lightstep and a co-founder of the OpenTelemetry project. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts This episode dives deep into the history of OpenTelemetry, why we need a new telemetry standard, all the work that goes into building generic telemetry processing infrastructure, and the vision for …
 
Joining us for this episode is Victoria Morgan-Smith, the Director of Delivery for Engineering Enablement at the Financial Times. Victoria shares some of the tradeoffs in having an autonomous, “you build it, you run it” culture. She also shares how her group equips engineering teams with metrics, best practices, and more. Follow Victoria on LinkedI…
 
Join hosts Utsav Chakrabarti and Ajay Shah as they talk to author Sahana Singh as she talks about her latest book "Revisiting the Educational Heritage of India," on the latest episode of HinduLounge : Conversations over CoffeeBy Ajay Shah and Utsav Chakrabarti
 
In this episode Abi talks with Peter Seibel. Peter previously was the Director of Engineering for the Democratic National Committee, and before that led Twitter’s Engineering Effectiveness (EE) team. In this interview, Peter reflects on his experience at Twitter, sharing why it’s better to invest in EE early and his vision for how EE teams can fulf…
 
Or Weis is the CEO and founder of Permit.io, a Permission as a Service platform. Previously, he founded Rookout, a cloud-debugging tool. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts Many of us have struggled (or are struggling) with permission management in the various applications we’ve built. The complexity of these systems always tends to increase…
 
In this episode, Varun Achar (Director of Engineering at Razorpay) explains how the Platform org has grown from a 15-person team owning everything, to 3 separate subteams. He also shares how they think about creating a culture of productivity, and some of the tactics they’ve used for increasing service adoption. Helpful links: Connect with Varun on…
 
In this episode, Marco Chirico shares the strategies DoorDash’s Developer Productivity group uses to prioritize their work. He also explains how the Developer Productivity group has evolved over time, and how they measure their success today. Useful links: Connect with Marco on LinkedIn Read DoorDash's Engineering blog…
 
Jon Skeet is a Staff Developer Platform Engineer at Google, working on Google Cloud Platform client libraries for .NET. He's best known for contributions to Stack Overflow as well as his book, C# in Depth. Additionally he is the primary maintainer of the Noda Time date/time library for .NET. You may also be interested in Jon Skeet Facts. Apple Podc…
 
Liz Saling, Director of Engineering at GitHub, shares the story of how the Developer Experience group was founded and why GitHub paused features for a quarter to focus on making developer experience improvements. Helpful links: Watch Liz’s GitHub Universe talk, “Paying Down Technical Debt” Find Liz on LinkedIn or Twitter Read Liz’s blog at lizsalin…
 
Lee Byron is the co-creator of GraphQL, a senior engineering manager at Robinhood, and the executive director of the GraphQL foundation. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts We discuss the GraphQL origin story, early technical decisions at Facebook, the experience of deploying GraphQL today, and the future of the project. Highlights (some tid…
 
Harshyt Goel is a founding engineer and engineering manager of Platform and Integrations at Loom, a video-messaging tool for workplaces. He’s also an angel investor, so if you’re looking for startup advice, investments, hiring advice, or a software engineering job, please reach out to him on Twitter. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts We di…
 
Daniel Stenberg is the founder and lead developer of curl and libcurl. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts This episode, along with others like this one, reminds me of this XKCD: We dive into all the complexity of transferring data across the internet. Highlights [00:30] - The complexity behind HTTP. What goes on behind the scenes when I mak…
 
Sahil Lavingia is the founder of Gumroad, an e-commerce platform that helps you sell digital services. He also runs SHL Capital, a rolling fund for early-stage startups. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts Sahil’s recent book, Minimal Entrepreneurship, explores a framework for building profitable, sustainable companies. I’ve often explored t…
 
Nikita Gupta is a Co-Founder & CTO at Symba, a platform that helps manage talent development programs like internships. Internships are one of the most effective ways for hiring at a software company, but there’s a lot of work that goes into managing successful interns. With hiring getting harder across the industry due to increased competition and…
 
Guy Eisenkot is a Senior Director of Product Management at BridgeCrew by Prisma Cloud and was the co-founder of BridgeCrew, an infrastructure security platform. We deep dive into infrastructure security, Checkov, and BridgeCrew in this episode. I’ve personally been writing Terraform for the last few weeks, and it often feels like I’m flying blind f…
 
Tanmai Gopal is the founder of Hasura, an API as a service platform. Hasura lets you skip writing API layers and exposes automatic GraphQL APIs that talk to your database, trigger external actions, and much more. We talk about the implementation of a “compiler as a service”, the implications of primarily having a Haskell production codebase, their …
 
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