Jonathan Cutrell

Developer Tea Episodes

I'm very thankful that we've been able to publish 733 episodes of Developer Tea so far!

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Moving Implicit Systems to Be More Explicit

September 20th, 2019
In the next few episodes we'll be diving into the auto-pilot systems and the implicit decisions that we make and how they can effect our growth as developers.

Progress by Habit, Perception by Exception

September 18th, 2019
Memories are faulty and perceptions are skewed. In today's episode, we're talking about perceptions and how those can skew our understanding of our career paths.

Product Mindset w/ Jessica Hall (Part 2)

September 16th, 2019
Today's episode we're joined by Jessica Hall, Co-Author of the book Product Mindsetand in this part two of our two part interview with Jessica we talk about the career things she's most interested in right now and the three things that distinguish the folks she works with.

Product Mindset w/ Jessica Hall (Part 1)

September 13th, 2019
If you've worried about your job becoming automated or your looking for ways to grow into you next role, this episode with Jessica Hall is for you.

How To Be A Bad Manager

September 11th, 2019
In today's episode, we're looking at the things we want to do in order to become a bad manager and uncover the "why" behind bad manager's behaviors.

Imagining a Clearer Reality

September 9th, 2019
In today's episode, we talk about the difficulty of imagining an alternate reality, and how that affects our decision making for the future. Today's episode is sponsored by Barclays. Barclays is hiring! At Barclays, developers are always developing. Find your next role at https://home.barclays/developers today.

Digging Up Your Purpose

September 6th, 2019
In today's episode, we discuss the difficulty of finding your personal purpose, and the tension we can all feel when we can't put our finger on our purpose.

The Nuances of Behavior and Research

September 4th, 2019
The science of motivation is tricky. We know some of the things we want but don't know how to get them.

Advice I Would Have Rejected Ten Years Ago

September 3rd, 2019
Something difficult to accept is the fact that you will probably change.

Your Purpose is Not a Point in the Future

August 30th, 2019
Different ways to think about finding purpose.

Listen To This In You're Feeling Stuck

August 28th, 2019
If you're feeling stuck right now, this is the episode for you.

Improve Your Team by Rejecting These Bad Assumptions

August 26th, 2019
Today we're focusing on self-improvements as a team.

Using Pre-Mortems to Find the Opposition to Our Focus

August 23rd, 2019
Focus.

Taking Advantage of Your Time as a Student

August 21st, 2019
School will be starting soon and in today's episode we're talking specifically to students.

Beating Boredom in Your Career

August 19th, 2019
We've all experienced boredom.

Short Term Decisions, Long Term Mindset

August 16th, 2019
Today we're talking about thinking long term.

Beating Dogma And Choosing The Right Tools

August 14th, 2019
The stereotype that developers are highly opinionated.

Reaping Rewards by Expecting Success

August 12th, 2019
It's important to find ways to succeed.

Going Beyond Simply Fixing Failures

August 9th, 2019
Failure is a fundamental part of improvement.

How to Engineer More Epiphany Moments in Your Day-to-Day

August 5th, 2019
Where do great ideas come from?

3x3 - Misconceptions About Senior Engineers

August 2nd, 2019
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You just got your first job as an engineer. What exactly does it mean to be a senior engineer?

3x3 - Relating Better With Difficult Coworkers

July 31st, 2019
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Whether we like to admit it or not we've all dealt with a difficult coworker.

3x3 - Uncovering Hidden Information

July 29th, 2019
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This week, we go back to an older format - 3x3. This week we'll give three different techniques for different challenges we're faced with as developers today, we're talking about Uncovering Hidden Information

Belief Substitution

July 26th, 2019
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Think about a belief you hold relatively strongly.

Career Decisions and Penalty Kicks

July 24th, 2019
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Imagine that you aren't a software developer and instead a goalie. How would you defend a penalty kick?

How to Affect Organizational Change

July 22nd, 2019
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Perhaps one of the most undervalued skills of developers to to affect change.

Every Decision is an Opportunity Tradeoff

July 19th, 2019
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Our fear of missing out is usually a fear of missing out on a specific opportunity.

The Dangerous Characteristics of 10x Engineers

July 17th, 2019
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You've probably seen the stereotypical hacker type. Someone who stays up late, drinking energy drinks endlessly and working in the dark. In today's episode we're uncovering core features of the 10x engineer stereotype and why this could be viewed as unhealthy.

You're Not So Important - Why Our Ego Drives Anxiety in the Workspace

July 15th, 2019
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Today, we're talking about managing anxiety in the workspace.

Finding Beginner's Luck Again

July 12th, 2019
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In your career, you've probably experienced beginner's luck. Today, we'll put ourselves in a beginners shoes and get an understanding of why beginner's luck exists.

Part 3: An Elegant Puzzle Book Discussion w/ Will Larson

July 10th, 2019
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Will is an engineering manager at Stripe, and he recently published a book titled, An elegant puzzle.

Part 2: An Elegant Puzzle Book Discussion w/ Will Larson

July 8th, 2019
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Will is an engineering manager at Stripe, and he recently published a book titled, An elegant puzzle.

Part 1: An Elegant Puzzle Book Discussion w/ Will Larson

July 5th, 2019
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Will is an engineering manager at Stripe, and he recently published a book titled, An elegant puzzle.

What You Feed Will Grow

July 3rd, 2019
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In today's episode, we're discussing young developers and mentoring. This episode is all about clarity.

Mid-Year Resolutions

July 1st, 2019
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What are your goals for the rest of your year? That's what we're talking about in today's episode of Developer Tea

How Do I Choose a Starting Point for Best Practice?

June 30th, 2019
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It's important to have a foundation for best practice but where does it come from?

Reversing Adversarial Dynamics in Interviews

June 26th, 2019
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Whether you have a job or interviewing for someone to take a job, we are looking for others to provide us feedback.

Accelerate Your Career with Pattern Matching

June 24th, 2019
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How many sinks are in your house? You have the information to access this information, and in this episode we can walk through challenges we face.

Individual Contributor Career Growth w/ Matt Klein (part 2)

June 21st, 2019
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In today's episode we're chatting again with Matt Klein.

Individual Contributor Career Growth w/ Matt Klein (part 1)

June 19th, 2019
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What does a long career as an individual contributor look like? The answer isn't always clear cut, especially if you're give the option of becoming a manager. Today, we'll talk to Matt Klein about how he approaches that.

The Connection Between Imagination, Confidence and Performance

June 17th, 2019
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What do you expect from yourself? Today, we're talking about personal expectations.

How Can Two Rational People Disagree?

June 12th, 2019
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We talk about how difficult it is to find a method to produce the results you want.

Test Driven Meetings - Measuring Outputs and Side Effects

June 10th, 2019
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Take a moment and open your calendar. Look across the last week or two and look at the different meetings you had. Today, we're talking about meaningful meetings.

Aligning Incentives w/ Lambda School CTO - Ben Nelson (part 2)

June 7th, 2019
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This is part 2 of the interview with Lambda School's CTO - Ben Nelson.

Aligning Incentives w/ Lambda School CTO - Ben Nelson (part 1)

June 5th, 2019
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This is part 1 of a two part interview with Lambda School's CTO - Ben Nelson.

3 Assumptions That Can Hurt Your Job Search

June 3rd, 2019
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What should we care about when looking for a job?

Mental Models w/ Gabriel Weinberg, CEO of DuckDuckGo (part 2)

May 31st, 2019
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One of the most amazing things about the human brain and it's ability to make connections. We talk with DuckDuckGo CEO, Gabriel Weinberg about just that in part 2 of this interview.

Mental Models w/ Gabriel Weinberg (part 1)

May 29th, 2019
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One of the most amazing things about the human brain and it's ability to make connections. We talk with DuckDuckGo CEO, Gabriel Weinberg about just that in part 1 of this interview.

Great Code is Marked by Flexibility

May 27th, 2019
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There is no one right way to write software. In today's episode we're talking about code that does what you want it to.

Crafting Your Work By Your Strengths

May 24th, 2019
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You are better off focusing on strengths and becoming an expert than improving your weaknesses to a level of mediocrity.

Make Your Problems Smaller

May 22nd, 2019
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Make your problems small enough to fit in your head, then compose your solutions.

Three Things I Wish I Learned Earlier in My Career As A Software Developer

May 20th, 2019
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Three things I wish I knew starting out as a software developer.

3 Red Flags that You're Heading for Burnout

May 17th, 2019
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Listening requires that you have space. Burnout is a real effect and in today's episode we're talking about how to watch out for burnout.

3 Principles for Your Job Search

May 15th, 2019
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There's a difficult road in front of anyone who is on a job search. Occasionally, opportunities will land in your lap, but more often, it's a constant review of scanning job descriptions and applications.

Mental Simulations - Information (A)Symmetry

May 13th, 2019
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In our last episode we talked about big decisions. In today's episode, we're talking about uncovering new options that you didn't think existed.

Mental Simulations - Persona Perspectives

May 10th, 2019
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Our experience as humans is a difficult one to wrap our minds around. Often what we see clearly from the outside looking in is obscured from the inside looking out.

Metal Simulations - Artificial Constraints

May 8th, 2019
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Think back to a moment when your mind shifted at a fundamental level. Today, we're talking about mental simulations and artificial constraints

The Fear : Value Connection

May 6th, 2019
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What do you value? Values aren't always easy to find. In today's episode, we talk about using the lens of fear to understand our values better.

What Kind of Decisions Are You Optimizing For?

May 3rd, 2019
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What Kind of Decisions Are You Optimizing For? In today's episode, we focus on the individual contributor level and managerial level.

Contingencies and Planning for Failure

May 1st, 2019
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Most of the time, even when we're succeeding the steps we take on a daily basis are failures. Failure is what we're talking about in today's episode of Developer Tea

Three Career-Changing Perspective Shifts When Preparing to Start A New Job

April 29th, 2019
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New jobs are exciting, but it can also be challenging. In today's episode we're talking about the perspective of starting a new job.

Uncovering Your Unconscious With Flagged Behaviors

April 26th, 2019
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Nobody choses to do things against our interest. In today's episode, we're talking about decisions we face on a daily basis.

Meetings - Good, Bad, Or Just Complex?

April 24th, 2019
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I want you to think back to the last meeting you had....did you feel like it was a waste of time?

Modeling Decisions as Dynamic Functions

April 22nd, 2019
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As a developer, part of your job is estimating risk and value. In today's episode we're talking changing our risk and value evaluations from a static process to a functional process.

Thinking in Bets w/ Annie Duke (part 2)

April 19th, 2019
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What if every decision you made had a bet attached to it? That's

Thinking in Bets w/ Annie Duke (part 1)

April 17th, 2019
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What if every decision you made had a bet attached to it? That's

Uncovering Deeper Motivations and Goals

April 15th, 2019
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Take a moment to think about one of your most important goals in life.

Ambiguous Goals, Concrete Actions

April 12th, 2019
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When you talk about career goals, you often talk about results.

Focusing Career Progress

April 10th, 2019
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No matter where you are in your career, whether a developer, designer, PM or manager you have aspirations.

Fail Mode

April 8th, 2019
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Imagine for a moment that you are a hiring manager who needs to determine who is a good addition to a team of developers. You need to make a judgement call. That's what we're talking about in today's episode of Developer Tea

Feedback Shouldn't Be Scary

April 3rd, 2019
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How can a concept mean so many different things for different people? Why does feedback cause to fear for some and productivity to others?

Mental Accounting

April 1st, 2019
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What do company benefits, birthday presents, and IOUs have in common? That's what we're talking about in today's episode of Developer Tea

Headroom

March 29th, 2019
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What makes you feel comfortable and safe? In today's episode, we're talking about taking risks.

Seek to Understand Rather than Persuade Others Perspectives

March 27th, 2019
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Take a moment to do a thought experiment. Remove your thought extractions.

Bonus Episode - Soft Skills Engineering Meets Developer Tea

March 26th, 2019
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Today is a special episode of Developer Tea, we're airing an episode in which Jonathan was interviewed by the folks at Soft Skills Engineering podcast.

Habits and Replacement Behaviors for Interrupting Triggers

March 22nd, 2019
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What is the one thing you do automatically that you wish you could change?

Interview w/ Ali Spittel (part 2)

March 20th, 2019
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In part 2 of our interview with Ali we cover what Ali's working on now and things she wishes people would ask her more about.

Interview w/ Ali Spittel (part 1)

March 18th, 2019
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We all have different experiences coming into development, and today we talk with Ali Spittel, a software engineer at Dev.to, director at Women Who Code - DC and lead instructor at General Assembly.

Witness Protection Program

March 15th, 2019
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Do you trust yourself to know what you want?

Habits of Successful Software Engineers - Getting to Code Quickly and Model Thinking

March 13th, 2019
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In today's episode we're talking about two habits that successful software engineers employ when facing a problem.

Habits of Successful Software Engineers - Clarity, Brevity and Context

March 9th, 2019
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What do you do as a developer?

Interview w/ Bryan Helmig - CTO at Zapier (Part 2)

March 6th, 2019
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In today's episode, we continue the discussion with Bryan Helmig, CTO of Zapier

Interview w/ Bryan Helmig - CTO at Zapier (Part 1)

March 4th, 2019
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In today's episode, we talk with CTO and co-founder of Zapier, Bryan Helmig about the different challenges he faced when starting Zapier and the challenges he's facing today.

Habits of Successful Software Engineers - Seeking Feedback

March 1st, 2019
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In today's episode, we're talking about the habits of successful engineers.

Stress Response and Anger as a Secondary Emotion

February 27th, 2019
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In today's episode, we're going to talk about the different stages of stress and how we can better manage our influence in the job when we're experiencing a stressful situation.

Problem Solving Intuitions - Additive, Subtractive and Reorganizational Thinking

February 25th, 2019
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In today's episode, we're talking about solving problems by subtraction vs. additive solutions.

Starting Your Work Day with Autonomy

February 22nd, 2019
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One of the most valuable things you've got is the first part of your working day. In today's episode, we're talking about the best use of those first hours in your day.

Making Decisions - Fighting Fear and Time Warping

February 20th, 2019
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One of the barriers to connecting with your career purpose is fear. In today's episode, we're going to talk about working toward your goals knowing that fear will be there with you.

How We Construct Software, Part 4b: Code and Communication

February 19th, 2019
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In today's episode, we dive into the rest of the communication model we started discussing in the previous episode in this series.

How We Construct Software, Part 4a: Code and Communication

February 15th, 2019
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In part four of our discussion on how we construct software, we're discussing a theory of communication, and how it applies to code. This is a two-part episode (A and B) - subscribe so you don't miss the second half!

How We Construct Software - Part Three (Decision Variance)

February 13th, 2019
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In today's episode, we discuss factors that lead to decision variance when constructing software.

How We Construct Software - Part Two (Beliefs and Models)

February 11th, 2019
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In today's episode, we're going to talk a little bit about belief.

How We Construct Software - Part 1 (Substitute Questions)

February 8th, 2019
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In this special series on Developer Tea we're talking about the different ways that software information flows.

Beating Procrastination

February 6th, 2019
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In today's episode, we're talking about specific reasons why we may be running into procrastination in our jobs.

Poisoning Retrospectives With Hindsight Bias

February 4th, 2019
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We recommend structured retrospectives. Identify things that went well and things that didn't go so well during a project or given week.

When Best Practices Backfire - The Peltzman Effect

January 30th, 2019
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Today, we're talking about risk compensation.

Replace Your Implicit Questions to Break Out of Incrementalism

January 28th, 2019
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Most of the changes you make as a developer are incremental. That's what we're talking about in today's episode.

Self-Awareness and Intellectual Honesty

January 25th, 2019
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When was the last time you lied?

Treating Your Brain as More Than a Machine

January 23rd, 2019
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In today's episode, we're talking about missed opportunities.

Improving Confidence and Neutralizing Threats Through Detached Perception

January 21st, 2019
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In today's episode, we're talking about responding to situations
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