Series 15100: A Beginning

The podcast How We Manage Stuff officially began in June of 2015 with a series of dialogues between David Grier and Tamara Carleton. The two of them had been discussing the impact of computing technology on human activity since the mid-1990s when Tamara was a student in David’s course called “Digital Culture.”

Episode 15110: Building the Structure
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The first episode of the first series of How We Manage Stuff.

So we start with the query: :”Do our organizations shape our technology or does our technology shape our organizations?”

Simple question. The answer though, is not that straight forward. And so with that, we start the new Podcast “How We Manage Stuff.”

We live in a world that is substantially different from the one that existed a generation ago, but what shaped this world? Did technology upend all of our traditional ways of working or did our new sense of organization demand new technology? With this episode, we start exploring that issue and try to help you understand your organization (and the way that you use technology) and help you better understand how your contributions fit into this changing world.

Cast:

David Alan Grier: Cohost

Tamara Carleton: Cohost

EpisodeĀ 15120: The Death of 3D Printing
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New or Cheap? What Drives Innovation? We often think that it is invention, the creation of new things. In fact, it is more likely to be a combination of technology and money – the amount of capacity per dollar, if you will.

This episode probes that concept by considering the death of the recently identified field of 3D printing.

It also considers whether the Twinkie(tm), the popular snack treat,is actually a product of the new printers.

Cast:

David Alan Grier: Cohost

Tamara Carleton: Cohost

Episode 15130: Software Holiday
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We think we understand software. We have classes. We have apps. We have an industry. We even have an industrial holiday for it – the Week of Code in December. Yet, what it is and what it is doing to our lives remain a bit obscure. For many, it remains something almost magical. It is, however, a direct result of industrialization. This episode tries to help us understand what it is and what it is doing. And if it doesn’t accomplish that goal, it at least lays down the ideas that we will use to explore it.

Cast:

David Alan Grier: Cohost

Tamara Carleton: Cohost

Episode 15140: Organizational Context
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How does software change our world? It doesn’t just fly into our minds and alter the way we think. It alters the way that we respond to things and, more importantly, it alters the way our organizations operate. Yet, these very organizations produce and craft the software that we use. So here are the existential questions. What came first? Software or Organization? Which of the two is ultimately more influential? And, of course, what does it matter to you?

Cast:

David Alan Grier: Cohost

Tamara Carleton: Cohost

Episode 15150: What is so Important about Status?
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New forms of work tend to emphasize status and reduce the power of position. As we try to work with new organizations, we need to think about the worker’s status – their ability to influence others. We need to assess the quality and validity of that status and ask how we can make it work for us.

Cast:

David Alan Grier: Cohost

Tamara Carleton: Cohost

Episode 15160: Is Anyone Essential?
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Is anyone essential in the new industrial age? Has software made us so interchangeable that no on can claim a permanent spot in an organization. In this podcast, Tamara even asks if David is essential? How do we identify and work with essential members of our organization. This is the topic of the last episode of “How We Manage Stuff” for the first series.

Cast:

David Alan Grier: Cohost

Tamara Carleton: Cohost