17605: The Threat of Automation

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We Read It So You Don’t Have to. There is so much new information published every day that one person can’t possible read it all much less get any perspective on it. Take Automation, Autonomous Cars, Machine Learning. All of these technologies pose new challenges to the organization and at the same time, they represent forces that are quite old. In this episode, we take a look at a new book on these topics, Industry 4.0, and an old one Automation.

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Cast:

Sullivan from the Policy Office: Josh LaForce

David Alan Grier

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17705: Reading Peter Drucker My Poppets

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Perspective.  We read old books to get a perspective on the events of our time. When Peter Drucker wrote Concept of the Corporation, he knew little about computers, nothing about the future Internet, and only the theory of the Gig Economy.  But when he wrote that General Motors was the model for the American Corporation, he described ideas that might just as well apply to Uber and its undisciplined CEO.

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Cast:

Penelope the Principal: Debbon Ayer

Bix the Master Scrum Master: Ron Bianchi

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17215: Preparing a CEO for Her Board

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Ok. Maddie is a bit unusual in the world of CEOs but she still needs to be ready for the politics of her Board. They’re not going to agree with her just because she has a clever tech idea and good presentation. You have to be ready. You have to think.

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Cast:

Vinny the CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Penelope the Principal: Debbon Ayer

Maddie the Entrepreneur: Zoe Anastassiou

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17218: Cybercastles & Cyberdefense

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We think about the future in terms of the past. Star Wars, after all, takes place a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. When we think about cyberdefense, we find that we are still think in terms of the static defense of physical infrastructure. We try to defend mobile data with references to earth and stone works from the 8th century.

Our Intern, Anna, attempts to explain the basic model of cyber
defense as a metaphor of castle defense.  Her description, though completely accurate in argument, has a few errors of fact, errors which should make us rethink how we use metaphor to describe cyberspace.

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Cast:

Anna The Intern: Sarah Corbyn Woolf

Evelyn the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Sullivan from Policy: Josh LaForce

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17210: Big Problems with Big Data

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Big Data. It gives you facts. It tells you what is really happening. It has Volume, Varity, Velocity, Veracity and, of course, Vexation of Spirit. Vexation can come with the data, no matter how much you have of it, tells you more about the structure that gathered it than the truth of any matter. When you have that, you have a problem called Simpson’s Paradox – the bane of Big Data.

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Cast:

Evelyn the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Rohit from IT: Noah Masur

Anna The Intern: Sarah Corbyn Woolf

Chuck of Acme Products: Ron Bianchi

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17205: Governance, Innovation & Story of a Kid

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Evelyn the Business Manager and Rohit from IT preview the upcoming season of the Podcast, How We Manage Stuff. Well, that is what is supposed to happen. Rohit gets obsessed with Googling the phrase “My Bad” and things start to fall apart after that. Yet, in spite of a nasty text, the pair tell you about the stories and ideas for the next episodes of the podcast.

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Cast:

Evelyn the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Rohit from IT: Noah Masur

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17810: Anna the Intern & the Young Tech Employee

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How do you manage a young tech employee? That’s why we have Anna-the-Intern on the podcast. She helps us understand why we call them “millennials” and they hate the term. The millennials are not a unique cohort. All adults have passed through the experience of being in their early 20s. However, the context for young adulthood is new. And the incentives for action are novel. And so we have a confinement, insightful and slightly shoe obsessed intern to help us how to manage the young tech employee

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Cast:

Anna-the-Intern: Sarah Corbyn Woolf

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17192: Maddie Redux – Lessons from the 8 year old entrepreneur

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A second series about the character Maddie, the eight year old entrepreneur. It starts with her appeal to FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen, ends with her her Public Service Message for Computer Science Education Week. In between, she introduces us to her start up Embisivle Frien’and shows the character you need to fire an employee.

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Cast:

Vinny the CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Maddie the 8 year old: Zoe Anastassiou

Anna-the-Intern: Sarah Corbyn Woolf

Rohit from IT: Noah Masur

Sullivan from PR: Josh LaForce

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