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Getting into IT with Grant

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A daily Technology, Business and Careers podcast featuring Grant Dryden
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As you write software, you are going to make mistakes.  These mistakes, or bugs and defects, have to be fixed while you continue to make your product better and build new features.  So how can you make sure you're making enough progress on your
Before we can talk about how to lead a software development team, we have to talk about leadership as a discipline.  We'll look to George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte, Captain David Marquet, and General Stanley McChrystal for good examples of
Did you know that Southwest Airlines can fly internationally?  I was the technical lead on their international flights program, and in this episode I share a little bit about the behind-the-scenes technical issues associated with that new busin
One of the more common questions I get is "what's the difference between software engineer and software developer?"  Well, here's the answer!  We'll discuss what engineering is first, then dive into the specifics that set apart a software engin
What makes a resume effective?  No, not what font or layout to use, but HOW to convey WHAT information so that you get an interview!  The goal of the resume is to get a call back after all, that's where its purpose ends.  The best resume in the
Everybody feels undercompensated at some point in their career, but asking for a raise isn't as simple as busting into your manager's office and telling them you deserve more money!  In this episode, I explain how to do market research and put
Hear first hand what it's like to work on Top Secret, classified programs as an engineer.  Is this work as interesting as it sounds, or is it surprisingly boring!?  I'll share my experience and tell what I'm authorized to tell so you can gain a
I've been hearing a lot of complaints about LeetCode, but don't let the things you read online get you down!  Take control of your interview by preparing and understanding what is going on when you write code and submit it for review.  Your sco
DevOps has finally emerged onto the scene in IT and Engineering and has quickly become a bad word!  In this episode, we discuss how it's not a fad, is actually very straightforward, and is something your team can easily take on with the right s
What comes next in your career after Senior Engineer or Senior Developer?  For some people it is Manager, for others it is Architect - don't get to Senior Dev without knowing what the rest of your career path looks like!  I share a little bit a
You can become a Senior Engineer in as little as 2 years after college, learn how I did it! Being a Senior comes with it's own career risks and not everybody should climb the career ladder to this level so quickly. If you're not motivated by jo
College did not prepare me to be a software developer like I thought it would! I still think my college degree was valuable, but a self-taught developer can be just as effective as a college educated one. There are also many skills and tricks y
I read a real question from someone in the field wondering whether or not they should accept a job offer for a position they feel unqualified for. Does this person have imposter syndrome or are they really unqualified? Is the position really to
Is it better to be a fish in a small pond, or a small fish in a big pond? There are tradeoffs, advantages, and disadvantages to consider when working at small, medium, and large sized companies. Pick where you go wisely and don't work at a FAAN
Getting a software developer or engineering interview is not rocket science if you understand what a job posting really means! Set yourself up to impress the hiring team by following a few easy steps to land that interview and convince the hiri
You don't need a college degree to be a professional software developer, there are many paths a person can take! Find out how to navigate these many career choices and become the *right* type of software engineer or technologist. You may be lo
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