RR 349: The Overnight Failure with Sebastian Sogamoso

Episode 356 · February 13th, 2018 · 1 hr 5 mins

About this Episode


Charles Max Wood

Eric Berry

Dave Kimura

David Richards

Special Guests: Sebastian Sogamoso

In this episode of Ruby Rogues, the panel discusses failures with Sebastian Sogamoso. Sebastian is a software developer of 6 years, and working with Ruby for the last 5 years, and before worked with Java and PHP. He is currently living in Panama City, but grew up in Colombia. He now works for CookPad and organizes a Ruby conference in Colombia. Sebastian stresses the fact that everyone fails no matter what, and if you take responsibility and learn from your failures, you can more on to become a better programmer and developer because of it.

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • Ruby, Java, and PHP
  • Failure stories
  • Personal failure stories in software projects
  • Public failure stories in technology companies
  • Failure from a personal perspective
  • I am the worst developer ever?
  • Will I get fired?
  • Will this ever be over?
  • Getting peer support
  • Will I have to carry with the weight of this failure for my entire career?
  • Taking time off to decompress
  • Failure from a company perspective
  • The customer support side
  • The Public Relationships side
  • The engineering side
  • Blameless postmortems (don’t do guilt blame)
  • Root cause analysis
  • Fix the code, but most importantly the processes
  • Gaining confidence back
  • Mental health
  • Why sharing our failures can help
  • Impostor syndrome
  • And much, much more!






  • Costco Glasses