Getting Apps Done

Getting Apps Done
Joshua Graham, Kel Piffner and guests share their software development experience, tips and tricks for growing as a developer.

When SHOULD You Turn Down a Job?
Mar 6 • 7 min
Last week we talked about how to turn down a job. We thought we’d follow up with a bit more information about WHEN to turn down a job! Note: There’s a bit of swearing in this one, so it might not be safe around the kiddos! Be sure to check out our Slack…
How Do You Turn Down a Job?
Feb 28 • 5 min
Shocking as it may seem to some, there are definitely times you should turn down a job offer, but how do you do that? Is there a good way? Kel and Joshua discuss a few ways to turn down a job without burning any bridges. Be sure to check out our Slack…
Iteration (AKA the shortest episode ever!)
Feb 20 • 3 min
Joshua and Kel discuss some changes to the podcast and how iteration plays into all things, development and otherwise. Be sure to check out our Slack community ( to meet others who are facing the same things you are and…
Stop Asking Stupid Interview Questions!
Feb 7 • 25 min
Kel and Joshua discuss some really crap interview questions… and making them better! Warning!! Joshua swears more times in this episode than all other episodes combined… I think it was a total of 2-3? Still probably not the best episode for children! Be…
Keen as Cranberries with Ted Stark!
Jan 23 • 26 min
Today Ted Stark joins us to discuss ageism (affecting both older and younger!), getting older, keeping skills sharp and approaching how to sell your age. Be sure to check out our Slack community ( to meet others who are…
Building Frameworks To Fix All The Things
Jan 16 • 17 min
We promised “A Day In The Life” episodes, but thought it was only fair to go through our days before we ask a bunch of other people to share theirs. Turns out, we spend a lot of our time building frameworks and helping newer devs. Be sure to check out our…
2019 The Recap!
Jan 9 • 31 min
Welcome to 2020. Since we’re in the future and we like learning from the past… today Kel and Joshua present a recap of some of the most important messages of the podcast in 2019, as well as some hints of what’s to come in 2020! Be sure to check out our…
How to ACCEPT Feedback
Dec 12, 2019 • 20 min
Another episode all about feedback. But this time we’re on the receiving end. How do you receive feedback without getting offended? Spoiler: Maybe you don’t! Note: Joshua breaks out the S-word in this episode. So it might not be completely child friendly!…
Give Good Feedback!
Dec 5, 2019 • 24 min
We’ve talked about how important feedback is in the past, but how do you give good feedback? Joshua and Kel talk about how to give feedback people will appreciate and value. Be sure to check out our Slack community ( to…
Hey Folks. I Need a Favor!
Nov 21, 2019 • 9 min
Today, Joshua makes a personal appeal to you. Getting Apps Done is just over a year old now and it’s been quite a ride. The community has always been a huge influence and resource for fuelling and driving the podcast and now Joshua has a couple specific…
Estimating and Turkeys
Nov 14, 2019 • 23 min
Joshua and Kel revisit estimation! Why is estimation important? What do you need to get accurate estimates? How many turkeys are there in Turkey? (As it turns out, apparently there aren’t wild turkeys in Turkey…) Be sure to check out our Slack community…
Are you burnt out?
Nov 7, 2019 • 20 min
Joshua and Kel talk about burnout, what it is, why it is and what to do about it! Be sure to check out our Slack community ( to meet others who are facing the same things you are and share your journeys!
Great Expectations
Oct 31, 2019 • 29 min
Joshua and Kel talk about setting and maintaining expectations and the importance of building up this skill and how it plays into the role on a practical basis. Be sure to check out our Slack community ( to meet others…
It’s Who You Know
Oct 24, 2019 • 19 min
Joshua and Kel talk about the old cliché, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Some general advice about networking and building relatinpships to help you forward your career…. oh and one F-Bomb! So probably not safe for children. Be sure to check…
To Niche Again!
Oct 17, 2019 • 21 min
Joshua actually managed to hit the record button this time! So we’re back with a fresh look at niching down, specifically a practical discussion about how it helps get a job! Be sure to check out our Slack community ( to…
To Niche or To Niche
Oct 10, 2019 • 9 min
Another episode of our marketing 101 for devs! Today, Joshua screws up and forgets to hit record. Then talks about niching down! Be sure to check out our Slack community ( to meet others who are facing the same things you…
Go Join Some Tech Slacks!
Oct 3, 2019 • 8 min
Today Joshua gives some simple advice as a starting point for our new mini series on marketing 101 for developers. This series is all about helping you get your name out there and get noticed. Be sure to check out our Slack community…
The Websites, They are Shiny
Sep 26, 2019 • 32 min
Welcome to season 2 of Getting Apps Done!!!!! Kel and Joshua have both updated their personal websites recently, so today they take a look at each other’s sites and discuss the reasons they keep them up to date as well as the reasons behind a lot of the…
Happy Birthday to Getting Apps Done! 🎂🎉
Sep 19, 2019 • 10 min
We’ve survived our first year! This is the final episode of “Season 1”. Joshua takes a look back at the journey and lessons learned and how Getting Apps Done has made him a better developer. A special thank you to all our listeners who’ve supported us,…
It’s OK to Google stuff!
Sep 12, 2019 • 21 min
Not only is it ok to Google stuff (all the time… seriously… I use Google ALL THE TIME!), today we talk about HOW to find technical things on Google (and probably a lot of other things!) Joshua also, finally… turns the tables and catches Kel using an…
Your First Day
Sep 5, 2019 • 36 min
Joshua and Kel talk about your first day as a developer in this podcast episode. What to expect, what not to expect, plus tips for making your first days a bit smoother!
Do I Need a CS Degree?
Aug 29, 2019 • 26 min
NO! Joshua and Kel talk about life as developers without degrees, suggestions for improving your path of learning, ways to get past gatekeepers and a bunch more. Note: Not all these tips are just for self-learners! A lot of them are great for folks in…
Use More Words
Aug 22, 2019 • 32 min
Joshua and Kel talk about communicating better. Spoiler: One of the best ways to better communicate is to simply use more words! Plus a bunch of other practical information, tips and suggestions. Be sure to check out our new Slack community…
LeicesterJS Talk with Getting Apps Done
Aug 17, 2019 • 12 min
Joshua gives his first ever public talk at LeicesterJS and being an audio nerd, wears a wire! In this special episode of Getting Apps Done, Joshua shares the recording of his talk at LeicesterJS which happens to be a slightly different take on some of our…
Keep It Simple, Silly!
Aug 15, 2019 • 20 min
Joshua and Kel talk about keeping it simple and the balance of functionality, intuitiveness, maintainability and simplicity.
Feedback is the BEEP
Aug 8, 2019 • 17 min
Joshua and Kel chat about feedback: what it is, what it’s good for, how critical it is to growth and how it ties to safety and failure.
Failure Is Good!
Aug 1, 2019 • 29 min
Kel and Joshua talk about why we should be seeking failure, not seeing it as something to avoid at all costs. They reflect on how failure helps us grow as developers. They also touch on last week’s subject of safety and how closely tied the two are.
Put On Your Hardhats!
Jul 25, 2019 • 25 min
Joshua and Kel talk about how safety plays into building rockstar developers and some practical ways you can increase your safety net to let you push the boundaries. Be sure to check out our new Slack community ( to meet…
Unicorns In Business Suits
Jul 18, 2019 • 20 min
Kel and I talk about breaking the rules in CV (aka resume) building! How to stand out, how to be yourself and how doing so helps you find jobs that are a better match for you. Be sure to check out our new Slack community to meet others who are facing the…
Learning About Learners
Jul 11, 2019 • 31 min
I’m joined by community member, Tiffany Peña as my guest co-host and we talk to Mansour Sharha from Capella University about online learning, bootcamps vs universities and what the distinction is between students and learners! Be sure to check out our new…
Kel Goes to School!
Jul 4, 2019 • 35 min
Happy 4th of July to all the Americans in our audience! Kel is back from teaching at Code Fellows bootcamp. We discuss his experiences while teaching new developers, share thoughts about the process, who bootcamps are great for, how they compare to…
Accountability Has Layers - Like Ogres
Jun 27, 2019 • 18 min
A lot of companies are trying to change things up, mostly for the better, but sometimes the changes don’t work out as planned. Joshua and Kel discuss some of the issues they’ve seen with some of these changes. Be sure to check out our new Slack community…
Education is Social!
Jun 20, 2019 • 51 min
Joshua is joined by Bekah Hawrot Weigel as guest co-host! Both are joined by Avi Flombaum, founder and Dean of Flatiron School ( to talk about the power of community in education and how NOT to pronounce NGINX! Be sure to…
Blinfolded Development
Jun 6, 2019 • 10 min
Joshua talks about accessibility and the misadventures of attempting to test the website for accessibility. Be sure to check out our new Slack community ( to meet others who are facing the same things…
Am I Smart Enough?
May 30, 2019 • 20 min
Joshua and Kel take on the question “Am I Smart Enough?” Software developers, particularly new ones, are flooded with expectations, requirements, misconceptions and self doubt. In such a wide reaching and oft changing profession, it’s easy to be…
A Day in the Life: Remote Developer… and bicycle nut?
May 23, 2019 • 43 min
Joshua and Kel introduce their new Slack channel and share a question from it: What is a typical day in the life of a remote dev? What are some of the pros, cons and things to consider when considering a fully remote role? Plus tips/tricks and general…
Resumes, Interviews and Chainsaw Wielding Teenagers
May 16, 2019 • 33 min
Kel is back to discuss interviews and CVs (resumes!) with Joshua. Lots of tips, tricks, things to consider and some things not to consider too! Plus a few chainsaw wielding teens… (By the way, there are a couple expletives in this episode, so it’s…
A Programmer’s Oath? Maybe not…
May 9, 2019 • 10 min
One more episode of Joshua solo before we have a number of guest hosts and the return of Kel as a regular co-host! Today Joshua rants a bit about the expectations of the industry and how it affects newer developers.
Edaqa Mortoray: What is Programming? A book and a discussion
May 2, 2019 • 41 min
Edaqa Mortoray, author of “What is Programming”, joins us to discuss programming, UX, security… and even a bit of politics!
Design Thinking Step 1: Empathy
Apr 25, 2019 • 4 min
Everyone is talking about design thinking. Books are being written, job descriptions are requiring it. But what is it and why is it important to software developers? Joshua discusses the first step in design thinking: Empathy.
Intro to Design Thinking from A Software Developer’s Perspective
Apr 18, 2019 • 9 min
Everyone is talking about design thinking. Books are being written, job descriptions are requiring it. But what is it and why is it important to software developers? Joshua introduces the concept and a new series of Youtube videos from Getting Apps Done…
Video Games, Video Jockeys and iOS apps? Oh my!
Apr 11, 2019 • 36 min
David Wood joins us today to talk to us about how he got into development… Hint… I’m not the only one who got my start in development playing video games! See mom! I told you they weren’t a waste of time!
Change Is Good… AKA… Terrifying!
Mar 28, 2019 • 12 min
Kellen wasn’t able to join me this time around and I thought it was a perfect opportunity to talk about change, particularly in software development, but in general as well… and how I handle and embrace change.
Juan Valera and UX Design in Healthcare
Mar 21, 2019 • 35 min
Joshua and Kellen talk to Juan Valera a senior UX designer at Amazon who has previously worked at Microsoft and worked on the Forza Motorsports game UIs. Juan shares his passion for solving real world problems in healthcare using ux design and walks us…
Assets In Seats
Mar 14, 2019 • 27 min
Joshua and Kellen are solo again and talking about remote working culture and failures in respecting and promoting the benefits of remote working.
Reverse Interview - Bekah Hawrot Weigel!
Mar 7, 2019 • 38 min
We’re stupidly excited to have Bekah Hawrot Weigel return to the podcast to swap roles with Kellen and Joshua for the last episode of a series of reverse interviews, where we let newer developers from #100DaysOfCode ask us any questions they like!
Reverse Interview - Eri Hariono
Feb 28, 2019 • 17 min
We talk to Eri from Jakarta, Indonesia, who is currently shifting from a career in law to software development, in part two of a series of reverse interviews, where we let newer developers from #100DaysOfCode ask us any questions they like!
Reverse Interview - Michael Gallipo
Feb 21, 2019 • 33 min
Michael Gallipo turns the tables on Joshua and Kellen in our first of a series of reverse interviews, where we ask newer developers from #100DaysOfCode to ask us any questions they like!
Motivating a Development Team: The Wrong Job!
Feb 14, 2019 • 17 min
Part 4 of 4 of our series on motivation! Joshua and Kellen talk about what happens when someone is simply in the wrong position. This might be due to a promotion or when they’re hired, either can have a significant impact on motivation.
Motivating a Development Team: The Fear!
Feb 7, 2019 • 23 min
Part 3 of 4 of our series on motivation!. Joshua and Kellen talk about how fear plays into motivation. Specifically, how fear is a poor motivator and can trigger behaviour that doesn’t promote building great apps.
Motivating a Development Team: Investment and Candybars
Jan 29, 2019 • 21 min
Part 2 of 4 of our series on motivation!. Joshua and Kellen talk about team member investment, candybars and bricks? We look at what does and doesn’t make a team feel invested in the work they’re doing.
Motivating a Development Team: The Intro!
Jan 22, 2019 • 14 min
Joshua and Kellen introduce the concept of motivation on a development team. The first in a 4 part series! Motivation is a big topic!
Moms Can Code! An incredible chat with Bekah Hawrot Weigel
Nov 13, 2018 • 25 min
Joshua and Bekah discuss Moms Can Code a community supporting women, particularly mothers with their journey to becoming software developers.
Stop hiring the same devs over and over!
Nov 6, 2018 • 18 min
Joshua and Kellen discuss how variety benefits a development team, how teams end up with little variety and what you can do to improve the situation.
Estimation and the Cone of Uncertainty… Are there chili peppers hidden in your project?
Oct 31, 2018 • 20 min
Joshua and Kellen discuss estimation techniques and how to improve your ability to estimate how long tasks will take, whether it’s you doing them or your team.
So you’ve got an app idea… Now what the heck do you do?
Oct 23, 2018 • 21 min
Joshua and Kellen walk through a really basic checklist of things to do to translate your app idea into a reality.
Hiring Remote Workers: Can you get apps done with Upwork?
Oct 19, 2018 • 9 min
Joshua discusses hiring and using remote workers, specifically from Upwork.
Working remotely… for cookies.
Oct 15, 2018 • 12 min
Joshua introduces part time co-host Kellen Piffner and they discuss working remotely, challenges and benefits. Lots of tips for improving working from home, for both individuals and businesses.
Don’t chuck innovation over the waterfall!
Oct 9, 2018 • 6 min
Joshua discusses how setting yourself up to plan too far ahead of time stifles innovation and what you can do instead.
What do boxes, canoes and MVPs have in common?
Sep 27, 2018 • 7 min
In today’s episode, Joshua explores the concept of a minimum-viable-product in more detail and highlights the emphasis on focus rather than just doing less of a job.
Common App Building Mistakes That May Be Costing You Money!
Sep 21, 2018 • 11 min
Some common things that cost time and money when building applications.
Do your apps work? Yeah, but do they REALLY work?
Sep 20, 2018 • 8 min
There’s a difference between just building an app and building an app that works for your customers.