Allison McMillan is a Director of Engineering at GitHub. She’s worn many hats including community builder at the University of Michigan, software developer, and Managing Director of a national non-profit. She is a Mozilla Tech Speaker and speaks on a variety of topics including mentorship, working remotely, and being a parent in tech.
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 5-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter. When Allison is not coding, you can find her encouraging her son’s climbing skills, making funny faces at her daughter, or pretending she has time to bake. She lives in the Washington, DC area.
September 16th, 2020 | 35 mins 42 secs
anna mackenzie, parenting, tech, the parenting playbook
Anna Mackenzie joins the podcast to talk about The Parenting Playbook, a book she co-authored that helps startups navigate how to create quality policies that support parents.
September 2nd, 2020 | 32 mins 12 secs
quarantine, self care, taking breaks
This week, Allison, KWu and Chris discuss the importance of taking breaks, how they take breaks, and why sometimes choosing the adult decision isn't always necessary.
August 19th, 2020 | 31 mins 56 secs
allowance for parents, coder, parent, programmer, quarantine, scott hanselman
Scott Hanselman joins the podcast to talk about his approach on allowances for parents, why they're important and how exactly they can benefit the entire family.
August 5th, 2020 | 32 mins 15 secs
accountability, agile home, agile household, mom life, yvonne marcus
Yvonne Marcus joins the panelist to discuss Agile Household. Yvonne created Agile Homes, a four-week course that looks to get your family together by making everyone feel like a valued member of the team, and instilling autonomy and having fun!
July 22nd, 2020 | 34 mins 24 secs
arit, new panelist, parenting podcast
New panelist Arit Amana joins the group! The group discusses quarantine, childcare duty, WFH, and all the madness in-between.
June 24th, 2020 | 40 mins 11 secs
anti-racism, black lives matter, how to be anti-racist, how to talk to your kids about racism
KWu and Allison sit down to talk about the current worldwide movement: Black Lives Matter. Breaking down BLM movement with young kids, how we can best talk to our kids about being anti-racist, and an alley for POC.
June 10th, 2020 | 48 mins 50 secs
dad podcast, homebrew, mike mcquaid, paternity leave, raising kids in different countries
Chris and Allison are joined by Mike McQuaid discussing paternity leave, Balancing Dad Podcast, and what it's like raising kids in different countries. Unsurprisingly, there are more difference in the UK verse the US than just calling a diaper "nappie".
May 27th, 2020 | 43 mins 12 secs
children's book, miriam tocino, new mom, parenting, zerus and ona
Allison and Chris are joined by Miriam Tocino, a former architect turned teacher and coder, new mom, and creator of Zerus and Ona, a children's book that explains the difficult topics of the binary world.
May 13th, 2020 | 52 mins 6 secs
at home chef, meal delivery, meal planning, recipe swap
Allison, Mandy and KWu trade kitchen hacks, recipe tips, favorite meal delivery service, and the incomparable responsibility of feeding and nourishing our kids! Tune in for tips, tricks and total mom realities.
April 29th, 2020 | 48 mins 27 secs
manager, managing parents, parents, teamwork
Today our panelists sit down with Nick Means to talk about strategies and experiences of managing parents on your team. Parent have unique needs as they care for little humans and some may not exactly know what those unique needs are, unless you too are a parent. We break down techniques and share experiences of what it's like managing parents in tech.
April 15th, 2020 | 42 mins 3 secs
after babies, career switching, coding school, learning to code
Today we are joined by Bekah Hawrot Weigel! Bekah is a content-creator by nature whom has recently switched into the world of coding! We discuss her career switching process, what helped, what didn't, the massive role community played a part in her success, and how she managed it all with 4 young kids in the house!
March 25th, 2020 | 46 mins 33 secs
covid-19, covid19, family, full time remote work, the new normal
Everyone's talking about it, covid-19 is all the rage. In today's episode KWu, Chris and Allison share their quarantine updates, remote work highlights, and dish on the extreme scenes seen in most grocery stores right now.
March 4th, 2020 | 42 mins 46 secs
ethics, family, leaving a job, pressure and considerations, working parent
We discuss what it's like to work for a company that you may not agree with their ethics,
the difficult decisions and thoughts when you have a family and dependents counting on you.
February 12th, 2020 | 45 mins 12 secs
equal parenting, equal partnership, fathers, mothers, progressive parenting
We're joined by Richard Schneeman this week to discuss parenting roles and gender equality. Inspired by the book, All the Rage: Mothers, Father and the Myth of Equal Partnership, we break down progressive parenting, invisible vs visible work, and how to implement a calendar system for maximum efficiency.
January 22nd, 2020 | 51 mins 27 secs
mothering, parenting, uplift parents, women mentorship, working mom
In this episode we feature Kari Clark, founder of Uplift Parents, a coaching service and women mentorship for working moms. Kari shares all that she's learned from the most successful working moms and offers great tips to amplify your life.
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.