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May 11, 2015

Episode 64 Test Monkey

All right we're live!

Derick 

3:43 - Derick makes a pitch to 3 people! Mastermind Bundle of RabbitMQ for Developers goes on sale May 12th for $1200 (per person)

John

7:28 – John returns from a strange QA/Tester conference. John is persuaded that there are good Testers/QA people, but the majority is pretty lazy. John is concerned that there is not enough innovation.

Josh

14:36 – John has come full circle with automated testing and writing iOS code using a Xamarim. Derick talks about unit testing and building tools. Josh talks about a certain magazine for DEVs that focus on testing in production.

John

22:03 - John mentions that he believed in the continuous deployment, until Chrome! Broken flash…  Derick talks about how he uses Privacy Badger and Ad Blocker apps, and how they refuse to service Flash. John talks about the keynote of QA, and how QAs are passionate about testing. In short, the Doctor probably can do what the nurse does – and maybe better - but the nurses may to be able to do the doc’s job.

John

28:35 - John runs into Michael Bolton the famous tester, and turns the sour relationship to a friendly connection.  Also, John meets Dan North that the conference and made some respectable connections.

Derick 

30:49 – Derick shares how the interviews for RabbitMQ will have far more value for him, as well as his customers. Josh suggests that Derick’s own testimonial would be a great marketing strategy. In other news, Derick is also 22lbs down on the one meal a day.    

Chuck 

39:20 - Derick mentions the 10 seats for the consulting packing will go live, but the rest of the package will be for sale later on.

Josh

41:38 – Josh is running on 4 hours of sleep, he had two clients and diving into the projects. He has plenty of excitement that he cannot sleep.  Josh is working websites and backend marketing/data stuff.  Josh says thank you to Brian Harris for the referrals.

The EntreProgrammers talk about ways to support Josh’s project, things to do and ways to approach the project, especially with the given circumstances. John talks about changing the work relationship between Josh and his client, which is to use him a referral channel. In turn this will make Josh more money and take the load off his client.

John 

1:05:35 – John mentions how Josh is one degree away from Tim Ferris. Because of that, Derick is now thinking about not befriending Josh any longer.  John wants software built to make automatic contacts with people in LinkedIn. The rest of the team doesn’t think it is worth the time to do so.  This is John’s vision for another marketing strategy, he mentions how some small businesses use LinkedIn for a small portion of their marketing. 

1:17:35 – Johns has over 20,000 followers on Twitter. Here is some talk about Twitter and following rules and limits. 

1:21:39 - John is finally going to record an audio version of his book! John is also doing consulting, a test automation gig for Verizon. The EntreProgrammers talk about hourly rates, values base pricing, weekly, or daily rates for doing a consulting job like this particular one. John now decides to update his hourly rate after consulting with the Mastermind.  

1:33:32 – John mentions a highlight of the QA conference, the 70-20-10 model, a productively model for where your focus should be. 

Chuck 

1:35:00 – Chuck is trying to decide or figure the value of Dev Chat TV. Chuck is trying to refine the efforts of his podcast, content and platform of Dev Chat. Chuck has also hired a VA to support his YouTube channel, email, and some podcast content. Johns gives some feedback on how to divide the work, and how provide access to sensitive information to VAs.

1:43:00 - The EntreProgrammers share information about how and why assistants are to document their task list or work. 

1:51:25 - John shares information about LastPass, a folder you could share with your assistants.  John talks about how divide weekly and quarterly time sensitive work. 

1:59:21The EntreProgrammers Retreat Info: June 1st there will be a page for payment to reserve you spot with the EntreProgrammers.  Link is below for the email list. 

2:01:52 Thoughts for the Day

John – Make sure that you have the poker into more than one fire.

Josh – Rise to the challenge, and define the work.

Chuck - You can’t improve things unless you continually measure it. 

People and things mentioned in this episode!

Master Mind Bundle of RabbitMQ for Developers

http://derickbailey.com/2015/05/07/update-on-rmq-for-developers-consulting-to-be-available/

Xamarim

http://xamarin.com/platformc

Michael Bolton

http://www.developsense.com/courses.html

Dan North 

http://dannorth.net

70 20 10

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/70-20-10-formula-for-successful-networking.html

LastPass

https://lastpass.com

The EntreProgrammers Retreat 

http://entreprogrammer.com/retreat2015

Book : Anti Fagile  by Nassim Nicoleas Taleb 

http://www.amazon.com/Antifragile-Things-That-Disorder-Incerto/dp/0812979680

Book: Traction by Gino Wickman

http://www.amazon.com/Traction-Get-Grip-Your-Business/dp/1936661837/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1431300621&sr=1-1&keywords=traction+by+gino+wickman

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