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Doctor McKayla

Show Host

Michaela Greiler has a passion for understanding how people develop software. For years, she has been analyzing and improving the software development processes at Microsoft.

She shares her findings through articles on her blog or in scientific journals, in publications such as freecodecamp and at conferences. And, she also runs a weekly software engineering newsletter that more than 700 people enjoy.

With this podcast, she wants to open doors of successful software companies, and discuss with her guests what it takes to develop scalable, maintainable and reliable software people love.

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The Guests

Cassidy Williams

Show Guest

Cassidy is a Senior Software Engineer at CodePen, one of the largest communities for designers and developers. CodePen has hundred of thousands of users, but the team is only 8 people strong. I talk with her what this means in term of responsibilities and ownership of the site.

Find this awesome first episode here!

Scott Hanselman

Show Guest

Scott is a web developer who has been blogging for over a decade. He works in Open Source on ASP.NET and the Azure Cloud for Microsoft out of his home office in Portland, Oregon. With his awesome podcast Hanselminites, and through other activities, Scott actively works on making tech a more welcoming place.

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Leif Singer

Show Guest

Leif is a software engineer at Automattic – the company behind WordPress. Leif shows us what it is like to work at a fully remote software engineering company, when and how he connects with his colleagues, and what it takes to be hired at Automattic.

Stay tuned for this excellent episode that launches soon.

Sandeep Panda

Show Guest

Sandeep is the founder and CEO of Hashnode – a friendly developer community. In this episode, Sandeep tells us what motivated him to start his own adventure, what it took to get the software off the ground, and how he makes sure his small team reacts to user needs and concerns fast.

Find this inspiring episode here!


Alper Kemal Koç

Show Guest

Alper was the first employee and the first engineer at a startup in Turkey that creates a low-code solution that allows users to create mobile applications without all the hassle. In this episode, he shares his experience building a software solution from the ground up. 

Find this episode here.

more guests to come...

About Our Show

This show was born out of Michaela’s curiosity for how different companies develop software. How does their tech stack look like? Which practices do they follow? Do they do code reviews? Are the concerned about technical debt? And what about their culture and company values? 

With this podcast Michaela wants to open doors at different companies, and get the perspective of experts in the fields about how to develop maintainable, reliable and scaleable software people love. 

Michaela’s guests come from completely different backgrounds. Some come from large cooperation such as Microsoft, Google or Facebook. Some are founders of their own tech startup. And some come from more traditional or smaller businesses. 

What they all have in common is a passion for high-quality software. 

But how do they achieve their goal? As we all know, there isn’t only one way of developing quality-software. So, what best practices do they value, which management style do they prefer, and do they follow a certain software methodology. What problems do they struggle with? And which ones did they overcome already?

Let’s find out together in the Software Engineering Unlocked Podcast!

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