Jacob Kaplan-Moss on Addressing Cultural Issues in Tech


May 26th, 2015

49 mins 35 secs

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Brief Introduction

  • Date of recording – May 18th, 2015
  • Hosts – Tobias Macey and Chris Patti
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Interview with Jacob Kaplan-Moss

  • Introductions
  • How were you first introduced to Python?
  • So, we wanted to invite you on the show to discuss the keynote that you gave at this years PyCon. Can you tell us what you mean when you say that you’re a mediocre programmer and why that is such an important admission to make?
  • What are some ways that we can change the tone of the conversation around programming skill?
  • What do we gain by admitting to ourselves and others that we are not all phenomenal engineers?
  • Where does the myth of exceptional vs terrible programmers come from? Can you provide some examples of times that you came in contact with this narrative?
  • How do you think hiring tactics in technology companies contribute to this misconception and how can they be more accepting of average programmers?
  • What are some ways that we can work toward eradicating the myth of the 10x programmer?
  • Thinking about our industry’s problems retaining women and other undervalued groups, do you think the way many managers do performance reviews play a role? If so, how can we do better?

  • Can you tell us about some other ongoing narratives in the technology industry that you find equally as damaging as our misconceptions around skills and knowledge? – Tobias


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