#011 – Jerk Programmer to Compassionate Coder with April Wensel

April Wensel, founder of Compassionate Coding, is a veteran software engineer and technical leader whose varied career spans such fields as education, research, healthcare, and entertainment. She has also mentored and led workshops with diversity-focused organizations like Hackbright Academy and Black Girls Code.

In this episode, April talks about her past as a jerk programmer, how she came to recognize that her behavior was problematic, and why she started Compassionate Coding to help teams deliver better products more effectively.

We were inspired to invite April on the podcast after reading her fantastic article Confessions of a Recovering Jerk Programmer.

Where to Find April Wensel

@aprilwensel and @compassioncode on Twitter.

On the web at https://compassionatecoding.com/.

Book Recommendation

This week’s audiobook recommendation is Awakening Compassion at Work: The Quiet Power that Elevates People and Organizations. Get your free audiobook by visiting ardentdev.com/audible. Thanks to Audible for supporting this podcast.

Music by Nazar Rybak and Alvaro Angeloro from HookSounds.com.