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16445: Openning an International Office

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Time to open an international office, start to build connections in high tech centers outside of the United States. Our first place will be in Bangalore, though we have yet to find a place. However, our newest employee, Jameela, has a long list of potential places. However, to make a choice, we have to assemble a team, build some trust, and make a plan that will lead us to a decision – a challenge in any environment much less a distributed international one. How do you build an distributed team? That is our first task.

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16440: Why do we Stand & Why do we Scrum?

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We stand at our morning meeting and listen to a guy named a scrum master. What do these things tell us about organizations? And what do they tell us about technology? (Perhaps that it has much in common with more humble work?) A sketch of our morning standup meeting and an introduction not our new Master Scrummaster, Bix

Featuring:

  • Geoffrey Grier as Vinny the CTO
  • Josh La Force as Sulley from PR
  • Margaux Amie as Evelyn the Business Manager
  • Noah Masur as Rohit from IT
  • Sarah Corbyn Woolf as Anna-the-Intern

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Introducing John C Havens as Bix the Master Scrum Master

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16435: When a Millennial Trips and Falls

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As part of our series investigating the interaction of young workers and technology Anna-the Intern talks with her friend Jenny about the times when ambition outruns reality and when the language of one generation fails another.

Featuring:

  • Sarah Corbyn Woolf as Anna-the-Intern
  • Debbon Ayer as Jenny-the-Acquaintance

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Anna the Intern

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Every office needs and intern. Hence Anna was the first character to join the podcast. She’s energetic, she is, optimistic and completely convinced that her emotional and organizational intelligence will lead her to a stellar career in the technology industry. As played by Sarah Corbyn Woolf, she has shown herself to be a bit of a title hound (and who among us is completely free from that fault, and has provided us with an interesting way to probe the challenges that 20 somethings face as they enter the business world.

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16430: “Brexit” and the Social Structure of Innovation

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You want to be innovative do something new and think that you can just change directions on a dime. But that’s the problem. Novelty is not innovation. Without a structure to support it, a new idea won’t advance your goals. So we turn the cast loose to wrestle with this problem. Some success. Some problems. A couple of hosts disagreeing about a new idea. A little CEO who may be realizing that contract is not enough.

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16425: The Fissured Workplace: We Read It So You Don’t Have To

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Not up on the current literature of technology and organization? Don’t worry. We read it so you don’t have to. This week, we look at David Weil’s Fissured Workplace, a book about what is happening to the workplace in the age of Uber, Taskrabbit and Mechanical Turk.

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16920: Talking About Difficult Things: Saying “No”

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It is not enough to make good technology. You have to talk about it. You have to talk about it when it is good and when it is bad. The first is easy, to a point. The second is hard. How do you tell someone that their ideas are not working, that their plans have failed, that their vision of the world is incorrect? Evelyn and Sully give their lesson on the subject.

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