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The 3 Conversations That Improve Developers' Lives w/ Reprise's Jennie MacDougall

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If you’re doing your job right, most of your time and your team’s time should be spent actually building things. That means conversations should be reserved to the very important ones.

In our latest Dev Interrupted episode, Reprise’s Director of Engineering Jennie MacDougall looks back on the most useful conversation she has ever had with her devs that are also the ones she encourages them to have with others.

From the most important conversation when evaluating a prospective dev to the question that actually keeps engineers motivated and invested, this was an incredible download of things I started doing right after the recording was finished.

Episode Highlights Include:

  • (6:27) Jennie's favorite interview question
  • (11:49) What to look for in a junior dev
  • (20:59) The "Donut Exercise"
  • (25:41) Things devs hate doing
  • (31:17) Do you want it fast or complete?
  • (37:52) Balancing product & engineering

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Dev Interrupted features expert guests from around the world to explore strategy and day-to-day topics ranging from dev team metrics to accelerating delivery. With new guests every week from Google to small startups, the Dev Interrupted Podcast is a fresh look at the world of software engineering and engineering management.

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