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Seek Out Satisfying Work and Strengthen Your Non-Technical Skills with Ed Finkler

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Phil’s guest on this episode of the IT Career Energizer podcast is Ed Finkler. Ed is a software developer at DelMar Software Development.

He is also co-host of the Development Hell podcast and he is currently raising mental health awareness in the tech community with his Open Sourcing Mental Illness speaking campaign.

In this episode, Phil and Ed Finkler begin by talking about how mental illness impacts tech professionals and why awareness of the issue needs to increase. They also talk about how Ed has successfully managed his own mental illness issues.

Ed and Phil discuss the future of IT and the need to simplify both the creative process and what we build. They also cover the need to use dependable tech.



You need to develop your non-technical as well as your technical skills. These so-called soft skills are actually vital to success.

Being a good communicator, the ability to work well in a team and having empathy are all essential.


For Ed, that was being let go from a start-up position. At the time, he was working hard and felt that he was fully fulfilling the brief.

It was hard for Ed to accept this change, especially because he had difficulties in other areas of his life. That was when his anxiety and depression really took hold and negatively impact everything. In the podcast, he explains how he managed to come out the other side.


At one stage, Ed’s mental illness completely destroyed his confidence. So, being able to gradually come back from that and once again become a fully-functioning developer was understandably a career highlight for Ed.

But, perhaps even more so is what came out of that struggle. He is really proud of founding Open Sourcing Mental Illness and the fact that it has now gained momentum and taken on a life of its own. It is nice to know that it will be there and continue to help others for many years to come.


Ed hopes to see the focus shifting from web development to creating tools that make things easier and more straightforward for developers. He feels that “complexity is the enemy” and believes that the more complex things are the more likely they are to screw up.

Ed is excited about the fact that the community and open source are being embraced. He explains why in the podcast.

(34.45) THE REVEAL

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.? – Ed has always loved computers. He kind of drifted into his IT career because he wanted to be able to build certain things.

What’s the best career advice you received? – Don’t have a loyalty to a specific technology, brand or company. Reserve your loyalty for people.

What’s the worst career advice you received? – It is a good idea to apply new and unproven technologies in production. It is not a good idea. This kind of fashion-driven development is extremely risky.

What would you do if you started your career now? – Ed would start by learning Python.

What are your current career objectives? – Being happy in his day to day life and at peace. Once you achieve that everything else, including work, becomes a lot easier.

What’s your number one non-technical skill? – The ability to speak in front of people and enjoy doing it.

How do you keep your own career energized? – Mixing things up, working in different languages on a range of projects.

What do you do away from technology? – Ed loves music production. He has released an album and is about to release a 6 track EP.


Focus on the things that make you happy. You need to ensure that the things that make you feel satisfied are a part of the work that you do. In the podcast, Ed provides examples. He also explains that this does not necessarily mean working things that you find exciting.


(9.46) – Ed - “How you communicate and interact with people and how empathetic you are will impact your success.”

(29.24) – Ed - “The more complex things are, the more things are likely to screw up. We need to simplify things.”

(35.15) – Ed - “We have to remember how lucky we are to work in the industry.”

(40.04) – Ed - “Being focused on constantly learning new technologies can be actively detrimental to your career.”

(41.53) – Ed - “You should make conservative technology choices when building things. End-users need dependable and proven tech.”

(54.41) – Ed - “Seek out work that makes you feel satisfied and happy.”


Phil Burgess is an independent IT consultant who has spent the last 20 years helping organisations to design, develop and implement software solutions.  Phil has always had an interest in helping others to develop and advance their careers.  And in 2017 Phil started the I.T. Career Energizer podcast to try to help as many people as possible to learn from the career advice and experiences of those that have been, and still are, on that same career journey.


Phil can be contacted through the following Social Media platforms:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/philtechcareer

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/philburgess

Facebook: https://facebook.com/philtechcareer

Instagram: https://instagram.com/philtechcareer

Website: https://itcareerenergizer.com/contact

Phil is also reachable by email at phil@itcareerenergizer.com and via the podcast’s website, https://itcareerenergizer.com

Join the I.T. Career Energizer Community on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/ITCareerEnergizer


Ed Finkler is a software developer at DelMar Software Development. He is also co-host of the Development Hell podcast and he is currently raising mental health awareness in the tech community with his Open Sourcing Mental Illness speaking campaign


Ed Finkler can be contacted through the following Social Media platforms:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/funkatron

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/edfinkler/

Website: https://funkatron.com/

Sep 06 2019 · 59mins
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Podcast 051 - Ed Finkler on Open Sourcing Mental Illness

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Ed Finkler is open-sourcing mental illness.

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Ed Finkler is on Twitter

Want to be on the next episode? You can! All you need is the willingness to talk about something technical.

Theme music is "Crosscutting Concerns" by The Dirty Truckers, check out their music on Amazon or iTunes.

Jul 24 2017 · 16mins

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Episode 244 | Ed Finkler - Things That Matter

Jun 19 2017 · 56mins
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Episode #122 - Mental Health in Tech with Ed Finkler

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Watch the video of this podcast here.   It’s estimated that roughly 20% of the population will deal with the medical diagnosis of mental health issue every year and among IT professionals that percentage is even higher. Ed Finkler is a lead developer who has been in the tech world for several decades now. Because of his own mental health experiences, he has started a group to help IT professionals suffering from mental health disorders and to help those who employ or work with those professionals.

Today that organization is called Open Sourcing Mental Illness (OSMI). OSMI works to raise awareness about mental health within the IT community through research, education and organizational outreach. It’s called Open Sourcing Mental Illness because OSMI uses the ideas of open source culture to fight the mental health issues in the tech community.

When I asked Ed about the specific origins of OSMI, he shared he has ADHD and generalized anxiety disorder along with episodic depression (the first two are chronic). He describes feeling isolated and different from everyone in the earlier days of his career.

That shifted about five years ago, he opened up about his struggles publicly on a podcast he co-produces with his friend Chris, called Development Hell. Ed talked about a particularly difficult time at a conference and how his mental health struggles made the experience even more challenging.

That episode remains one of the most listened to shows they have ever released! Ed has talked about mental health over 60 times since then, and OSMI has grown from an idea to today’s group of over 30 volunteers, including a Board of Directors.

Since Ed is at the forefront of mental health discussions in the tech world, I asked him what the discussion is like right now within the community. He says the biggest issue is that we don’t talk about it, and we don’t talk about it because we’re afraid of the stigma attached to mental health problems.

According to his research within the OSMI community, roughly 93% of people believe being labeled with a mental health disorder could or definitely would negatively impact their careers. Even just talking about a mental health issue with their employers or their clients is seen as potentially damaging: 20% believe raising the discussion could or would negatively impact their career, or their business if self-employed.

Yet we have little trouble talking about a physical health issue: a mere 4% thought it would hurt their job if they raised the discussion of a physical ailment, that’s 5x higher for mental health ailment versus a physical health problem.

Which leads to a conundrum: how do you get resources to people if they can’t talk about a mental health issue? How do people become educated if they are afraid to talk about it? The first step, according to Ed, is to speak openly about it. The next step is for others to listen without judgment and to know that a mental health problem is not a personality flaw or a moral failing within someone. People with mental health issues are not weak or lazy.

When we start to change these attitudes, and we begin to have discussions openly with compassion and empathy, then anyone with mental health issues can get the help they need and have the support they need.

And that is what OSMI does, on two different levels: the individual level and the organizational level. Hear Ed describe both on this episode along with why it's okay to seek professional help to feel better, and why having professional help is like having a business coach. Tune in for that and more on today’s WP Elevation podcast.    

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May 04 2017 · 45mins

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Ed Finkler - Soft Skills for Hardcore Developers

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In this interview with Ed Finkler, Lead Developer and Head of Developer Culture at Graph Story, we discuss soft skills that are important for developers. We dive into how things like humility and empathy impact your effectiveness as a developer, as well as ways to ensure you're always learning and how you can give back to the community.
Oct 28 2015 · 16mins
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Ed Finkler, "A Multi-layered Approach to Web Application Defense"

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Defending against attacks on a web application is by nature is
complex process, one that must address everything from coding
practices to user management to network architecture. This talk
will describe a number of techniques that, used in concert, will
make your web app a much tougher cookie to crack. Primary focus
will be on open-source "XAMP" setups, but the concepts should be
applicable to most other systems.
Sep 07 2006 ·
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Ed Finkler, "Real World Web Application Security"

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This talk deals with practical issues of web application security,
with an emphasis on open-source web service tools such as Apache,
PHP, and MySQL. Recent exploits in widely-used open source web
applications such as phpBB and Wordpress underline the need for web
app developers to make security a primary consideration. We'll
discuss the most common types of attacks and how to defend against
them, both on a code, application, and network design level.
Sep 07 2005 ·