Reclaiming Lost Time with Podcasts
Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots
If SEP made a podcast, it would probably be very much like this one. “Giant Robots” is a podcast by thoughtbot — a Boston-based software consultancy that has a lot of values that overlap with SEP. I would start at the beginning of the show and work your way up to the newer episodes. The podcast has changed format and focus over the years, but every iteration has taught me something relevant to our work at SEP — not just development, but how to work with clients, how to incorporate design and product thinking, and the business of running of software company.
This is a podcast by Basecamp — the outspoken “small giant” that has a lot of strong opinions about building software products and how to run a company. As one of the earliest success stories in SaaS, they’ve managed to stay small and focused on doing their best work. This podcast has great production value and gives you a behind the scenes look at how Basecamp and other companies work. It’s a gateway drug for industry thought leaders like Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson, and Ryan Singer.
For this podcast, I would start with the latest episodes and dig back through the archives if you’re interested in a specific topic. This is a wide-ranging show that covers open source software projects and tools of all kinds. Just to give an example of the breadth of ideas you’ll be exposed to, here are the most recent episodes: AWS and cloud-enabled apps, Gatsby.js, Practical AI, programmable infrastructure, Computer Science without a computer, 20 years of Curl.
“None of these shows sound interesting to me…”
No worries, there is no niche small enough to not have a podcast (or three). If you have a specific interest, there is 100% guaranteed to be several podcasts on the topic, ranging from panel discussions to interviews with community members to two grumpy people complaining about it to each other.
This month, give podcasting a try if you’ve never done it. You might just find a secret way to reclaim some of your down time and learn a thing or two.