Allison McMillan is the Engineering Manager for Atom at GitHub. She's worn many hats including startup founder, community builder at the University of Michigan, Software Developer, and Managing Director of a national non-profit. Allison started programming at a Rail Girls workshop and is now a chapter organizer. She speaks on a variety of topics including mentorship, working remotely, and being a parent and a developer.
Speaking about and doing research on being a parent and developer is what inspired Allison to start the Parent Driven Development podcast. She has a 3-year-old son and an infant daughter. When Allison is not coding, you can find her encouraging her toddler's climbing skills, making funny faces at her daughter, or pretending she has time to bake. She lives in the Washington, DC area.
January 2nd, 2020 | 1 hr 23 secs
growing families, irregular schedules, traveling with kids
In this episode we welcome two new panelist to Parent Driven Development, Chris Arcand and Adarsh Pandit! We learn a little bit about our new panelist and then dive into topics about irregular work schedules, the kids, traveling with the kids, and our teams growing families.
December 11th, 2019 | 43 mins 12 secs
international adoption agencies, parenting school, process for international adoption, things to consider when adopting a child
October 30th, 2019 | 56 mins 10 secs
activities, back to school, extracurricular
Special guest, Barrett Clark, joins Josh, Kwu, Allison, JC and Chris to discuss back to school and extracurricular activities for kids: how to help your kids find their passion, the expectations of school activities, the financial side, and what it means for the parents. Tune in for a deeper dive!
October 13th, 2019 | 50 mins 45 secs
parent coordination, patience, raising a family, work flexibility
Adarsh Pandit discusses what it’s like to raise a family, while living away from his parents and other family members. We dive into the importance of building a community with fellow families and how we can all help each other out.
September 11th, 2019 | 42 mins 58 secs
back to school, engineering, management
Dana Jones talks about going back to school with four older children and teaching herself to code when they were little. We also talk about some of the similarities of management and parenting.
June 12th, 2019 | 37 mins 55 secs
communication, remote work
Itamar Turner-Trauring talks about some of the tactics he wrote about in his book, "You Can Negotiate A 3-Day Weekend", such as overcoming "this isn't normal" and "entitlement" feelings, scheduling your shorter workweek, and optimizing your output value and impact when you're not measuring your working hours.
May 1st, 2019 | 39 mins 30 secs
communication, nannies, remote work
In this episode, Nick Gauthier stops by to talk about being a full-time parent as a man, partner dynamics and making decisions, how having a child has changed the way Nick works, and why he is a big proponent of Communication Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
March 27th, 2019 | 42 mins 47 secs
Allison, Mandy, and KWu talk about their experiences (or non-experiences!) with breastfeeding. They chat about the things people don't tell you, navigating conflicting information, and the challenges and woes of breastfeeding in public.
February 13th, 2019 | 36 mins 18 secs
extended family, holidays, religion
Warning: This episode contains potential holiday spoilers for young children.
Allison, KWu, and Mandy talk about their holiday experiences: what they did this past year, their feelings about it, old traditions that they try to honor, and what they could do differently in the future.
January 30th, 2019 | 47 mins 16 secs
dating, modern families, single parenting
In this episode, Mandy, Jess, Allison, and KWu talk about single parenting: how it's becoming more common, but that there are still stigmas attached to it, choosing your village, dating, specific challenges, and how others can be supportive.
January 2nd, 2019 | 39 mins 53 secs
In this episode, Adam Cuppy joins the panel to talk about him and his wife's struggle with fertility and having a child. The emotional weight of the journey is discussed, as well as the lack of community for males with fertility struggles. Adam also talks about how the whole process has given him a greater sense that while it was hard, there are many other things in his life that are hard but worth pursuing.
December 19th, 2018 | 43 mins 58 secs
self-care, travel, work
In this episode that was recorded live and in-person at RubyConf in L.A., Jonan Scheffler joined the regular panelists to talk about what it's like to leave the kids at home while you're traveling for work or conferences: spending spousal points, communicating from afar, sneaking in a bit of self-care while you're away, and reentry back home into the parenting world.
December 5th, 2018 | 35 mins 25 secs
In this episode, co-founders Anne Halsall and Sara Mauskopf join the show to talk about creating the app Winnie: a place where crowdsourced information is spread amongst parents that relays important information such as childcare, activities, and advice.
November 21st, 2018 | 43 mins 39 secs
apps, games, shows
In this episode, (and just in time for the holiday season!), Allison, Chris, and Josh give recommendations for kid-appropriate T.V. shows, music, games, books, apps, and YouTube channels.
November 7th, 2018 | 39 mins 10 secs
childcare, conferencing, travel
In this episode, Tess and Sean Griffin talk about what it's been like attending and speaking at conferences with their infant daughter, Ruby. They also talk about what makes attending some conferences more attractive than others, logistics around travel, and options for evening childcare.
October 31st, 2018 | 56 mins 40 secs
breastfeeding, childcare, work
Leah Silber joins the show to talk about why her company, Tilde.io, implemented a bring your baby to work option for new parents. She talks about dealing with fussiness, nursing, how much employees and co-workers aren't bothered by babies, and that having the babies at work actually make for a much happier baby!