My drive to and from work is anywhere from 20 minutes to 40 minutes, depending on the traffic (fortunately, it’s often much closer to 20 minutes). If you know me at all, then you know I hate to waste 20 minutes just driving. I need to feel like I’m doing something useful with that time. I often spend it listening to NPR, but I also spend quite a bit of the time listening to podcasts.
One that has consistently been useful and informative is Software Engineering Radio. Markus has pretty consistently struck interviews with a number of figure heads in the software world, and the interviews were pretty in-depth, on-topic, and very useful. He not only brings in folks to talk about technology, but also behaviors, management, and design. Recently, in Episode 131, Markus had on two authors of the book Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior. It was an interesting interview with loads of useful information about both positive and negative behaviors they saw in teams and companies–I’m eager to get my hands on the book now. :-) Anyways, the moral of the story is this: it’s a great podcast that goes beyond just technology behind software but also talks about the business of software and it’s teams. If you have some idle time on the way to work, check out this podcast.