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Machine Learning Guide

Go beyond the fundamentals of machine learning and join creator & host Tyler Renelle as he covers intuition, models, math, languages, frameworks, and more. Machine Learning Guide is an audio course that boasts millions of downloads and has helped a ton of aspiring engineers learn the ropes when it comes to these rapidly evolving technologies.

Recent Episodes

Episode 25: Origin Stories - Ali Halim2024-03-19

In today’s episode we talk with DEPT Digital Products Software Engineer Ali Halim about his origin story. We talk about late nights in college, what got him hooked, paying your dues in your first job and seizing opportunities to grow your career.  This is a great one for the aspiring technical team leaders out there!

In this episode, we’re talking about Architecture Sprints and why they’re valuable.  Our client Bloomerang joins us for this one.  Bloomerang is the donor relationship and volunteer management platform for thousands of nonprofits. Their SVP of Payments, Evan DaSilva talks with us about how an Architecture Sprint with DEPT helped them get past a challenging situation with technical leadership during the busy end of year giving season! We dive into what an architecture sprint is and why it’s a valuable investment to get your product moving, or moving again!

In this episode, we talk to DEPT® Project Manager Kate Flynn about her origin story: She talks about how she went from Architect, to Construction Manager, to Software Project Manager. This leads to a great conversation about the parallels between architecture and software, and what software engineering can learn from architecture. Kate also shares her thoughts on striking a balance between planning too much, and planning just enough. Finally, what origin story would be complete without a tale about building a two story underground bunker and powerlifting? Enjoy!

In this episode, we interview Jonah Jolley, Director of Engineering, and Stephanie Bressan, PSM, CSPO of DEPT® about the relationship between product and engineering teams.   What makes a good partnership? What doesn’t make a good partnership? We also talk about the importance of empathy, trust, keeping priorities visible, and how you must come prepared with snacks! We wrap up with thoughts on Agile: Does it help or hurt? Do velocity metrics matter? Are standups even helpful?

On this episode of Ship It! We go further into the topic of CMS’s, or Content Management Systems by talking about DEPT DASH, a new product from DEPT that helps you bootstrap applications that use headless CMS’s like Strapi and Contentful.  Host Matt Merrill is joined by Allan Winterseick, Managing Partner, DEPT US and John Berger, Principal Engineer on DEPT DASH to talk about it as well as why you might use headless CMS’s. We also have a screencast of using DEPT DASH you can see here.

Discussing Databricks with Ming Chang from Raybeam (part of DEPT®)

Conversation with Dirk-Jan Kubeflow (vs cloud native solutions like SageMaker)

Dirk-Jan Verdoorn - Data Scientist at Dept Agency

Kubeflow. (From the website:) The Machine Learning Toolkit for Kubernetes. The Kubeflow project is dedicated to making deployments of machine learning (ML) workflows on Kubernetes simple, portable and scalable. Our goal is not to recreate other services, but to provide a straightforward way to deploy best-of-breed open-source systems for ML to diverse infrastructures. Anywhere you are running Kubernetes, you should be able to run Kubeflow.

TensorFlow Extended (TFX). If using TensorFlow with Kubeflow, combine with TFX for maximum power. (From the website:) TensorFlow Extended (TFX) is an end-to-end platform for deploying production ML pipelines. When you're ready to move your models from research to production, use TFX to create and manage a production pipeline.


MLA 019 DevOps2022-01-13

Chatting with co-workers about the role of DevOps in a machine learning engineer's life

Expert coworkers at Dept

Devops tools

Pictures (funny and serious)

(Optional episode) just showcasing a cool application using machine learning

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Show notes:

Developing on AWS first (SageMaker or other)

Consider developing against AWS as your local development environment, rather than only your cloud deployment environment. Solutions:

  1. Stick to AWS Cloud IDEs (LambdaSageMaker StudioCloud9
  2. Connect to deployed infrastructure via Client VPN

  3. LocalStack

Infrastructure as Code

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