All posts by David Alan Grier

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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17150: Technologies, Organizations & Shoes

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How does technology alter organizations? Not a straightforward question, especially if you are looking to the future. We know a few basic ideas and can reason our way to some useful conclusions. We know that technology expands markets. We know that it shifts knowledge across an organization. We know that it reallocates power. In this podcast, we discuss the implications of these ideas, as well as learn some important lessons on the shoe derivative market.

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Cast:

Anna-the-Intern: Sarah Corbyn Woolf

Harvey from Lapin Partners: Ron Bianchi

Evelyn the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Sullivan from PR: Josh LaForce

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17602: We Read It So You Don’t Have To – Enterprise Architecture

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Three questions. What is Enterprise Architecture? Does it have anything to do with the Starship Enterprise? And why should we care? Rohit from IT joins the podcast in this episode to explore this idea on one of our “We Read It So You Don’t Have To” episodes.

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Cast:

Rohit from IT: Noah Masur

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17191: Maddie: the 8-old Entrepreneur – Part 1

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When you are trying to explain the subtleties of organizational politics or the nature of corporate governance, or the difficulty of making strategic decisions, nothing is more useful than an 8-year old entrepreneur.

Little did we know that she would become so central to podcast but she was the product of a need, a talented actor and a moment of inspiration.

Maddie was an afterthought, a character invented to fill an episode but quickly she became the way of exploring the mind of young CEOs. She had no fear. She did things because she could.She had a hard time shaking a minor grudge and yet would be distracted by a puppy. Underneath all of that was a leader who was trying to find her way.

In this episode, we have assembled and re-editted some of the first stories, so that you can appreciate how she thinks and how we all become leaders.

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Cast:

Maddie: Zoe Anastasiou

Penelope Othmar, Principal: Debbon Ayer

Vinny the CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Evelyne the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Airport Official: Josh LaForce

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17145: Building a Staff for a Tech Company – Bits & People

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It’s like a blind date. Only worse. With a date you have the presence of hope shackled only by the vaguest of required qualifications. But like a date, a tech company staff has to be created today with the changing future ever in mind. And the results are not always pretty.

Maddie is hiring the staff for her startup with Vinny receiving, but not approving, her ideas. Steps are tentative. Plans are in process. Perhaps the worse part of it is that she is trying to launch a new service and isn’t completely clear about how that service will organize her customers – or her community, if you wish to take an idealist view of things.

In the process, Maddie has to face her old nemesis and ask “How does a real CEO behave?”

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Cast:

Maddie: Zoe Anastasiou

Penelope Othmar, Principal: Debbon Ayer

Vinny the CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Evelyn the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Sean with a Resume: Margaux Amie

Sullivan from PR: Josh LaForce

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