Asynchrony Polls is an attempt to capture and publicize the essence of Asynchrony’s culture, both within the company and to the general public. The goals are to expose current employees to new ideas and to give outsiders a glimpse of our company’s current, collective mindset.
The concept is pretty straightforward: once a month, a new question is posted in a highly visible public area within the office. During the next 30 days, employees can submit new answers to the question or upvote existing answers. At the end of the 30 days, the results are collected, a blog post is written summarizing those results, and a new question is posted.
In March, the first Asynchrony Poll was posted on our 7th floor Wiki Wall:
What is your favorite podcast?
Here are the results:
- This Agile Life (John Sextro)
- Featuring current and former Asynchronites. Agile software development is a mix of best practices and philosophical tenants. But there is a big difference between the ideal situations and what developers face in the real world. This Agile Life talks with some of the best in the business about the challenges of software engineering and how real world solutions can bring the promise of Agile methodologies to your software projects.
- Freakanomics Radio (Stephen J. Dubner and WNYC)
- In their books “Freakonomics,” “SuperFreakonomics,” and “Think Like a Freak,” Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner explore “the hidden side of everything,” telling stories about cheating schoolteachers and eating champions while teaching us all to think a bit more creatively, rationally, and productively. The Freakonomics Radio podcast, hosted by Dubner, carries on that tradition with weekly episodes. Prepare to be enlightened, engaged, perhaps enraged, and definitely surprised.
- Welcome to Night Vale (Commonplace Books)
- Twice-monthly community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide.
- Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! (NPR)
- NPR’s weekly current events quiz. Have a laugh and test your news knowledge while figuring out what’s real and what we’ve made up.
- Ruby Rogues (DevChat.tv)
- A weekly discussion by Ruby developers about programming, life, and careers.
- This American Life (Chicago Public Media)
- This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 1.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced by Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.
- Comedy Bang Bang (Earwolf)
- Join host Scott Aukerman (“Comedy Bang! Bang!” on IFC, “Mr. Show”) for a weekly podcast that blends conversation and character work from today’s funniest comedians. While Scott begins by traditionally interviewing the celebrities, the open-door policy means an assortment of eccentric oddballs can pop by at any moment to chat, compete in games, and engage in comic revelry. With all that, and regular bonus episodes, we bet your favorite part will still be the plugs!
- Serial (This American Life)
- Serial is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story – a true story – over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won’t know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she’ll bring you the latest chapter, so it’s important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New episodes are released on Thursday mornings. Serial, like This American Life, is a production of WBEZ Chicago
- Fragmented (Donn Felker & Kaushik Gopal)
- The Fragmented Podcast is a podcast for Android Developers hosted by Donn Felker and Kaushik Gopal. Our goal is to help you become a better Android Developer. We chat about topics such as Testing, Dependency Injection, Android Patterns and Practices, useful libraries and much more. We will also be interviewing some of the top Android Developers out there. Subscribe now and join us on the journey of being an Android Developer.
- Debug (Guy English, Rene Ritchie)
- Debug is a conversational interview show about developing software and services, primarily for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and gaming. Hosted by Guy English and Rene Ritchie, it’s all the great talk you get at the bar after the conference, wrapped up in convenient podcast form. Pull up a chair, hit play, join us.
- Accidental Tech Podcast (Marco Arment, Casey Liss, John Siracusa)
- Three nerds discussing tech, Apple, programming, and loosely related matters.
- Core Intuition (Daniel Jalkut and Manton Reece)
- Daniel Jalkut and Manton Reece discuss Mac programming, independent development, Apple news, and more.
- .Net Rocks! (Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell)
- .NET Rocks! is an Internet Audio Talk Show for Microsoft .NET Developers.
- The Flop House (Dan McCoy)
- The Flop House is a bi-monthly audio podcast, devoted to the worst in recent film. Your hosts (Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy, and Stuart Wellington) watch a questionable film just before each episode, and then engage in an unscripted, slightly inebriated discussion, focusing on the movie’s shortcomings and occasional delights.
- In Our Time (BBC Radio 4)
- Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history of ideas – including topics drawn from philosophy, science, history, religion and culture.