Appearance on Podcast: “Conversations in Software Development”

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There’s a new podcast in town. And I’m on it! (Briefly, for a 20 minute episode about giving and receiving feedback).
Link to Podcast Recording

The podcast’s host, Borja Sotomayor, is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the Director of the Master’s Program in Computer Science at the University of Chicago. He explains his vision for the podcast:

I teach a class on software development at the University of Chicago and, every year, I invite a couple of folks to speak to my students on various aspects of software development.

This year, because of [the COVID-19 pandemic] I couldn’t invite folks to physically come to my class, so I decided to instead start a podcast where I chat about software development with a variety of folks, with the goal of exposing listeners (primarily students who want to pursue a career in software development) to topics and ideas that they are not usually exposed to in a classroom setting.

Instead of having the guest lecturers join a Zoom meeting with my class, I decided to interview them on a podcast so that it can be enjoyed by students everywhere.

You can find my episode of the podcast right here.

It’s not an exact run-through of the “giving and receiving feedback” talk you might have seen in the past. We cover:

1:45: In what situations would you need to give feedback as a software engineer?

4:42: The difference between feedback and grading

8:00: What are effective ways of giving feedback to someone else?

11:10: What would you suggest for someone who wants to solicit feedback, or needs to receive feedback?

15:30 What are you hoping to get out of a code review?

Hopefully this podcast discussion can help teachers and students understand the feedback skills and how they differ in a professional setting from a classroom setting.

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