A Reflection On Learning A Lot More Than 97 Things Every Data Engineer Should Know


January 30th, 2022

41 mins 35 secs

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About this Episode


The Data Engineering Podcast has been going for five years now and has included conversations and interviews with a huge number of guests, covering a broad range of topics. In addition to that, the host curated the essays contained in the book "97 Things Every Data Engineer Should Know", using the knowledge and context gained from running the show to inform the selection process. In this episode he shares some reflections on producing the podcast, compiling the book, and relevant trends in the ecosystem of data engineering. He also provides some advice for those who are early in their career of data engineering and looking to advance in their roles.


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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m doing something a bit different. I’m going to talk about some of the lessons that I have learned while running the podcast, compiling the book "97 Things Every Data Engineer Should Know", and some of the themes that I’ve observed throughout.


  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • Overview of the 97 things book
    • How the project came about
    • Goals of the book
  • What are the paths into data engineering?
  • What are some of the macroscopic themes in the industry?
  • What are some of the microscopic details that are useful/necessary to succeed as a data engineer?
  • What are some of the career/team/organizational details that are helpful for data engineers?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected outcomes/feedback that I have seen from running the podcast and working on the book?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that I have learned while working on the Data Engineering Podcast and 97 things book?
  • What do I have planned for the future of the podcast?

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Parting Question

  • From your perspective, what is the biggest gap in the tooling or technology for data management today?


The intro and outro music is from The Hug by The Freak Fandango Orchestra / CC BY-SA

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