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The Acquia Podcast: Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire and guests in conversation on topics in and around Drupal, open source, technology, community, and business. Meet people and hear stories at the interface between the digital and the real. Hear about challenges, successes, and how open source thinking and practice is changing the world.
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Dec 15, 2016

This conversation with Beth Tucker Long (@e3bethtl) is the one of a series of interviews Campbell Vertesi (@CampbellVertesi) and I carried out in preparation for DrupalCon Asia in Mumbai. Now, we're sharing all the good stuff we captured but didn’t have time to cover in 40 minutes in Mumbai.

Our session, Meet PHP-FIG: Your community just got a whole lot bigger, Drupal is about Drupal 8’s membership in the new, interoperable PHP community. We’re covering the basics of what the PHP Framework Interoperability Group (PHP-FIG) is, what the various PSRs are and do, talk about testing and dependency management, and what it means to be a part of the new PHP community — including having better architecture, cleaner code, and more interoperability. All of this adds up to a big move to get projects “off their islands,” saving developers a lot of code, and companies a lot of money, among other benefits.

I apologize for the poor audio quality in this recording and hope the quality of the conversation makes up for it.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/244-php-fig-unsplintering-php-us-all-meet-beth-tucker-long

Nov 19, 2016

Rebroadcast: Drupal launch interviews, one year on. 18 minutes audio & video with Dries in Antwerp, visiting the dorm room where he invented Drupal for the first time in 15 years.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/210-visit-dorm-room-where-drupal-was-born-rebroadcast

Nov 10, 2016

A conversation with our newest community representative to the Drupal Association Board, Director at Large, Shyamala Rajaram, recorded walking to the New Orleans Convention Center during DrupalCon NOLA 2016.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/243-walk-through-new-orleans-shyamala-rajaram

Nov 7, 2016

I sat down with Drupal Social Media Lead, Paul Johnson at Drupal Camp London 2016, a few weeks after DrupalCon Asia in Mumbai. Paul runs the official community social media accounts on Twitter and elsewhere. I feel Paul is a kindred soul, since he and I both love highlighting and celebrating the Drupal community's stories and achievements.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/242-meet-paul-johnson-drupal-social-media-lead

Oct 14, 2016

Following her inspiring keynote on diversity, inclusion, and equality at Drupal Camp Costa Rica 2016, I got the chance to speak with Nikki Stevens on front of my mic and camera. Along with sharing some fun Drupal memories like the time young Nikki broke production when Steve Rude was out for the day, a lot of this conversation is about the benefits diversity brings and how we all can improve our own organisations and communities.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/241-nothing-about-us-without-us-diversity-web-nikki-stevens

Oct 7, 2016

In December 2015, I sat down with Michael Hanby-Director-and Tawny Bartlett-Website Coordinator-from Indigo Herbs in Glastonbury, England and dug into their history with Drupal and just how much of their business they run with it. Tawny is really inspiring: she learned Drupal and its component and supporting technologies--Git, Javascript, PHP, and much more--on the job at Indigo. She says she's fallen in love with Drupal. I say she's become a Drupalist to reckon with and should be a role model for others. Open source, #ftw!

This interview, particularly the last third, is full of some great "Why Drupal?" soundbites from a sensible business perspective. Well worth listening to! A full transcript follows below as well.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/240-how-indigo-herbs-runs-almost-everything-drupal

Sep 22, 2016

Jozef Toth talks about the Drupal 8 CWI - I got the chance to follow up on my conversation with Dave Hall and Dick Olsson about the Drupal 8 Content Workflow Initiative (Podcast: Drupal 8 Content Workflow Initiative - Part 1). This post includes the video and full transcript of our conversation, as well as links to many of the people and topics we touched on!

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/239-drupal-8-content-workflow-initiative-22

Sep 19, 2016

Conversations about delivering business needs with digital tools, or "How to get Drupal into the conversation without talking technology."

Acquia and several partners had a successful presence at the 2016 dmexco trade show for digital marketing and advertising. By "successful," I mean we spoke with hundreds and hundreds of people about how we can help them do better business and I think many of them will end up being happy users, consumers, and contributors to Drupal and our community.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/238-personalization-happens-acquia-dmexco-2016

Sep 13, 2016

I got the chance to talk with Dave Hall and Dick Olsson from Pfizer at DrupalCon New Orleans about the Drupal 8 Content Workflow Initiative. This post includes the video and full transcript of our conversation, as well as links to many of the people and topics we touched on!

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/237-drupal-8-content-workflow-initiative-12

Jul 21, 2016

A conversation from DrupalCon Asia DrupalCon Mumbai 2016 with members of Acquia's Pune, India office: Prassad Shirgaonkar, Prassad Gogate, Prafful Nagwani, and Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire in which we touch on Drupal and community in India, the history of the DrupalCon Prenote, Drupal's multilingual strengths, the Drupal Campus Ambassador Program in India, and more!

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/236-live-drupalcon-mumbai-meet-acquia-pune

Jul 13, 2016

Gregg Marshall contacted me while he was finalizing his book, Mastering Drupal 8 Views, for Packt Publishing. Flatteringly, he asked me whether I'd be willing to write a foreword for it, after having a look at a late draft. I had a look, I liked it, I wrote the foreword and was pleased to run into Gregg at DrupalCon New Orleans. Listen to the audio or watch the video of our conversation. Below is also a full transcript of our chat.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/235-mastering-drupal-8-views-meet-gregg-marshall

Jul 1, 2016

Vladimir Roudakov and I sat down at DrupalCon New Orleans to talk about an event close to my heart: the 2016 edition of Drupal South. This year, it'll be held in Australia's Gold Coast. Knowing the Australasian Drupal community, this will be a very high quality event in terms of what you'll be able to get out of it. And knowing the location, right by the world famous "Surfers' Paradise" beach, if you're into sun, fun and Drupal, you'll be in for a treat!

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/234-come-down-drupal-south-2016

Jun 17, 2016

I met 15-year-old serial entrepreneur--CEO of goCreative--and budding Drupalist Brandon Relph at the inaugural ThinkNation event in Canterbury, in December 2015. In this podcast, we talk about how he got to know Drupal 8 and what he thought of it. And I was surprised to learn that there is a world of professional Minecraft out there, in which Brandon runs two professional ventures and employs a couple dozen people around the world.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/233-drupal-8-beginners-meet-brandon-relph

Jun 10, 2016

Doris Wong and I sat down at Acquia's Boston HQ to talk about her interesting journey through HTML and frontend work, to UX, to fitness, and finally to Drupal and Acquia, and how even at Acquia it took time, Acquia U and three jobs (!) to really settle in. Here, we talk about that path and what she got out of Acquia U.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/232-acquia-u-and-career-changers-meet-doris-wong

Jun 2, 2016

Michael Schmid, Group CTO at Amazee, sat down in my Cologne office in March 2016 with the idea of comparing the promise of Drupal 8 to the real life experience of him and his teams. The conclusion? It's already great and will keep getting better. With so many Drupal 8 projects now underway, I expect to be hearing a lot more of this sentiment in the near future! Below is a full transcript of our conversation.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/231-so-how-it-working-drupal-8-every-day-michael-schmid

May 26, 2016

I sat down with Ally Gonthier the first time I visited Acquia's then-new downtown Boston headquarters in mid-2015. At the time, she was preparing to leave her job as Support Coordinator at Acquia to enter Acquia's Drupal/tech bootcamp, known as Acquia U. When I returned to Boston in the spring of 2016, I took the chance to talk with her again about her experiences at Acquia U and what had become of her in the meantime. Below is a transcript of our before and after conversations.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/230-acquia-u-and-after-meet-ally-gonthier

Apr 29, 2016

Wim Leers, Senior Software Engineer in the Acquia Office of the CTO (aka “OCTO”), has been busy in the last few years making Drupal 8 amazing! His contributions include working with Fabian Franz on aspects of Drupal’s new caching and rendering systems to make Drupal 8 performant. Today’s podcast is a conversation he and I had about who he is and what he’s been up to following our own collaboration preparing my own post on BigPipe.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/229-bigpipe-drupal-8-better-perceived-performance-free

Apr 22, 2016

John Kennedy and I spoke about two exciting Drupal 8 projects he's running at Acquia in 2016. He's the Program Manager of the $500,000 US dollars Acquia is investing upgrading important modules from Drupal 7 to 8 as part of the Drupal 8 Module Acceleration Program. He's also the Product Manager of Acquia's Enterprise Authoring Drupal 8 distribution, Lightning.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/228-drupal-8-lightning-distro-and-module-acceleration-program

Apr 15, 2016

Laura Caraker's remarkable journey at Acquia. In this podcast, she and I talk through how she joined Acquia Sales, wanted to know more about Drupal and ended up joining the technical side of the house via her stint at Acquia U, Acquia's Drupal and tech boot camp.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/227-how-laura-moved-sales-tech-drupal-story

Apr 8, 2016

Welcome to the first of six podcasts I recorded in Mumbai as DrupalCon Asia 2016! It pleasure to record this conversation with an old Drupal friend and Acquia podcast guest--Hussain Dehgamwala (aka Hussain Abbas)--and a new Drupal friend and guest--Parth Gohil--both from Axelerant. And it was my privilege to be the first guest on their new podcast, The Geek Voice! We’re releasing this conversation together. Be sure to go check out Episode Zero of their show to see what else they have up their sleeves ... and what they said about me when I wasn’t around ;-)

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/226-co-podcast-mumbai-introducing-geek-voice-parth-and-hussain

Apr 1, 2016

How does the Instant Runoff Voting system actually work? How could we make the Board elections better for the Drupal community?

Thanks to everyone who put yourselves out there and ran in this election and congratulations to our newest board member, Shyamala Rajaram! I’m certain you will use this power for good :-)

I sat down with Michael “Schnitzel” Schmid in my office in Cologne to talk about the 2016 election for a Director at Large Drupal Association Board position. Schnitzel was a candidate and the election had just concluded when we spoke.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/225-drupal-association-director-large-2016-election-commentary

Mar 26, 2016

I spoke with Matt Dooley and Colin Packenham at Acquia headquarters in downtown Boston about Acquia's tech bootcamp program, Acquia U. Both are career changers and were more or less new to Drupal when they got started with the program and I was interested to see what motivated them to make the change and dive into Drupal headfirst.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/224-so-how-was-it-recent-graduates-talk-about-acquia-u

Mar 16, 2016

Part 2 of 2 - Sebastian Bergmann, the maintainer of the PHPUnit testing framework, came to our office in Cologne, Germany to talk with Campbell Vertesi (@CampbellVertesi) and me about PHP, PHP FIG and the PSRs, and of course testing. It is another in the series of interviews we carried out with important and interesting people from the PHP community in preparation for DrupalCon Asia in Mumbai.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/223-benefits-testing-php-fig-drupal-8-sebastian-bergmann-22

Mar 8, 2016

Part 1 of 2 - Sebastian Bergmann, the maintainer of the PHPUnit testing framework, came to our office in Cologne, Germany to talk with Campbell Vertesi (@CampbellVertesi) and me about PHP, PHP FIG and the PSRs, and of course testing. It is another in the series of interviews we carried out with important and interesting people from the PHP community in preparation for DrupalCon Asia in Mumbai. Now we're releasing those to you!

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/222-drupal-meet-php-fig-and-phpunit-sebastian-bergmann-12

Feb 26, 2016

Erica Schroder joined Acquia in 2012 as a graduate of the Acquia U Drupal training bootcamp and is an inspiration to me as a successful career-changer. As part of running arts and dance businesses, she's had a hand in with Drupal since Drupal 5 days, but Acquia U and her subsequent experience has made her a real Drupal pro. We got the chance to sit down together in 2015 at Acquia's Boston headquarters.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/221-acquia-u-takes-you-good-cook-restaurant-chef

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