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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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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

Feb 19, 2016

PHP FIG? PSR Standards ... What are they? What are they important? This conversation with Lorna Mitchell is another in a series of interviews Campbell Vertesi (@CampbellVertesi) and I carried out in preparation for DrupalCon Asia in Mumbai. We are building the world’s longest DrupalCon session and packing all 6+ hours of it with information and personalities you won’t want to miss! So actually ... For our one hour in the spotlight in Mumbai, we’ve been doing a lot of preparation. Our “session” will include a lot of additional materials like podcasts and blog posts about what we’ve learned along the way.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/220-drupal-meet-php-fig-psr-what-2016-lorna-mitchell

Feb 9, 2016

Listen to Drupal developer, contributor and businessperson, Enzo Garcia talk about how he is traveling around the world for 120 days in 2016, spreading the word in India, Asia and Australasia about building community and identity, the importance of Drupal 8 in the developing world, and the Drupal Console.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/219-around-drupal-world-120-days-enzo

Feb 5, 2016

This conversation with Larry Garfield (@crell) is the first in a series of interviews Campbell Vertesi (@CampbellVertesi) and I carried out in preparation for DrupalCon Asia in Mumbai. We are building the world’s longest DrupalCon session and packing all 6+ hours of it with information and personalities you won’t want to miss! So actually ... For our one hour in the spotlight in Mumbai, we’ve been doing a lot of preparation. Our “session” will include a lot of additional materials like podcasts and blog posts about what we’ve learned along the way.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/218-drupal-meet-php-fig-larry-garfield

Jan 26, 2016

Part 2 of 2 - Amy Parker, the Director of Acquia University, and I sat down in Acquia's downtown Boston headquarters to talk about Acquia's technology boot camp, affectionately known as "Acquia U". In this podcast we talk about the diversity of candidate backgrounds, the candidate selection process, and go into what makes a successful Acquia "Ubie." We also talk about measuring the success of a program like this in human terms.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/217-acquia-u-making-world-better-place-one-drupalist-time-amy-parker-22

Jan 22, 2016

Amy Parker, the Director of Acquia University--aka Acquia U--and I sat down in Acquia's downtown Boston headquarters to talk about Acquia's technology training program. The course covers much more than Drupal; the curriculum is designed to produce people able to work in tech companies: Besides a whole lot of Drupal and related technologies, it includes agile methodologies, project management tools, troubleshooting tickets, presentation skills, and a whole lot of Drupal! Listen to our whole conversation to learn more.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/216-acquia-u-jump-and-own-it-kickstart-your-career-meet-amy-parker-12

Jan 13, 2016

Part 2 of 2 - Sharing is good for business. Ambrosia Vertesti, Global VP Human Resources at Hootsuite, and I sat down to talk about how open source models are spreading to human resources and other, non-code parts of business today. In part one, I strove to understand HR's needs, terminology, and perspective and what drew Ambrosia and her peers to open source. In part two, our conversation moves on to how open source values like sharing and contribution are helping human resources and a lot more about #HROS.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/215-what-geeks-got-right-hros-ambrosia-vertesi-22

Jan 5, 2016

Part 1 of 2 - Getting beyond the talent war. I was thrilled to have the chance to sit down and have a conversation with Ambrosia Vertesti, Global VP Human Resources at Hootsuite. It's part of my exploration of how open source thinking and practices are spreading beyond the world of code to influence and improve the businesses and cultures around them; in this case, to HR practice and what has become #HROS.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/214-open-source-beyond-code-hros-ambrosia-vertesi-12

Dec 14, 2015

I sat down with Rebekah Simensen & Beau Simensen as SymfonyLive Berlin 2015 was wrapping up. Beau is the maintainer of the Sculpin PHP static site generator and was until recently a voting member of PHP-FIG. Rebekah is the artist known as ninjagrl, whom I had heard of because of her #ossart, open-source-inspired work. Beau has promised to come back on the podcast soon to explain all about the PSR 7 HTTP message standard interfaces, but I didn't want to pass up this chance to meet such interesting people!

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/213-art-php-sculpin-more-symfonylive-berlin-2015

Dec 7, 2015

Something a little different this week: In cooperation with the Swedish "Drupalsnack" ("Talking Drupal") podcast, Leander Lindhal, Robert Douglass, & Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire get together at the 2015 Internetdagarna in Stockholm.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/212-drupalsnack-interview-internetdagarna-stockholm-2015

Nov 26, 2015

Jeffrey A. McGuire explains why Drupal is the open source, community software powering successful digital government around the world.

I had the honor of speaking about Drupal and government to a packed room at the Internetdagarna in Stockholm, in November 2015. I used the opportunity to highlight Drupal’s success in helping governmental organisations and public bodies and went into some detail about the Australian government’s Drupal-based govCMS solution, as a shining example of good policy meeting good software. In conversations following my presentations, members of the Nordic Drupal community shared thoughts and frustrations with me about public policy and open source adoption in Scandinavia. I’ll attempt to address some of those in my post on the Acquia Developer Center.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/211-building-digital-government-services-drupal-proven-choice

Nov 19, 2015

Part 3 of 3 - VIDEO! Spend 18 minutes with Dries Buytaert and Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire behind the scenes in Antwerp as we drive back to the dorm room where Drupal was invented and Dries seeing it 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-drupal-8-release-mega-episode-33-bonus-behind-scenes

Nov 19, 2015

Part 2 of 3 - I got to spend a half a day with Drupal Project Lead, Dries Buytaert, in Antwerp recently. This was a rare pleasure, given the success of Drupal and Acquia in recent years and how busy we both are. In between shots for some professional video material, Dries and I sat down in front of my tiny cameras and microphones to talk about Drupal 8. In parts one and two, we touch on how we got here and lessons learned along the way, what Drupal 8 brings to the table, and more.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/209-drupal-8-release-and-happy-birthday-dries-mega-episode-23

Nov 19, 2015

Part 1 of 3 - I got to spend a half a day with Drupal Project Lead, Dries Buytaert, in Antwerp recently. This was a rare pleasure, given the success of Drupal and Acquia in recent years and how busy we both are. In between shots for some professional video material, Dries and I sat down in front of my tiny cameras and microphones to talk about Drupal 8. In parts one and two, we touch on how we got here and lessons learned along the way, what Drupal 8 brings to the table, and more.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/208-drupal-8-release-and-happy-birthday-dries-mega-episode-13

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