Category Archives: Technology & Organizations

17510: Remembering Gertrude Blanch

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Once computing was work. Hard work. Paper. Pencil. Nothing more.

Once, thousands of people calculated in mass computing labs. Now, they are generally forgotten.

This November, The National Institute of Standards and Technology has corrected our memory by honoring their chief computer from the 1930s, Gertrude Blanch.   Blanch was the director of the Mathematical Tables Project, a WPA work relief effort that was once the largest computing office in the world.

Our cast adds their appreciation.

Featuring:

  • Zoe Anastassiou as herself
  • Noah Masur as himself

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17335: A Holiday for Statistics

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How do you think about data? How do you you look for an office in Bangalore?

And how do you deal with a country that has a holiday for statistics?

This episode starts with with the Stats Holiday, moves through a real estate agent brimming with confidence in his own ability to understand the client’s needs, and ends with a staff member who dreams of a new office within walking distance of a Premier League Cricket Stadium.

What does all this tell you about Big Data? That it is only part of our business experience.

Featuring:

  • Sonam Powar As Jameela, the Bangalore Office Manager
  • Margaux Amie as Evelyn, the Business Manager
  • Josh LaForce as Sulley, from Policy
  • Ron Bianchi as Deepak, the The Bengaluru Real Estate Agent
  • Noah Masur as Rohit from IT

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17330: Big Data in Bangalore

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Bangalore. Bengaluru. India’s High Tech Capital. If you’re gong to be a global podcast, you have to have an office somewhere near MG Road. The How We Manage Stuff team arrives in Bangalore – well most of it arrives in Bangalore – to find a place to work and to build a practice based on Big Data.

Featuring:

  • Sonam Powar As Jameela, the Bangalore Office Manager
  • Margaux Amie as Evelyn, the Business Manager
  • Josh LaForce as Sulley, from Policy
  • Ron Bianchi as Bix, the Scrum Master

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17235: Getting Good People – the Agile Board Meeting

hwms.coverartGet Good People Around?  We have Tech.  We Have Markets.  Who needs these silly things?

And why do we need corporate governance for a tech firm The stock price will tell us how well the company is going.

So begins the monthly meeting of the Watcher Dogs board meeting. It moves into some platitudes and then slides into a most unfortunate event.  Most unfortunate.

Featuring:

  • Ron Bianchi as Harvey of Lapin Partners
  • Margaux Amie as Delores Paynes -Perkins
  • Zoe Anastassiou as Maddie the 8-Year-Old Entrepreneur
  • Geoffrey Grier as Vinny the CTO
  • Debbon Ayer as Penelope Othmar, Principle of the Lillian Moller School for Disruptive Innovation
  • Mr. Skippy as himself

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16442: Why Do We Code? (Computer Science Week)

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Why do we need to learn to code? Really. Can’t we just get an app and be done with it? A bunch of tech people are giving us a bunch of reasons to do it but they are, in all honesty, silly. Fix a web page? Add a function to your spreadsheet? Have these people never heard of the law of comparative advantage?

In this episode, reposted from Computer Science Week, Maddie, our model of the perfect CEO gets to the point. We need to learn to code because that is how we now think. We live in a world of programs and code. Hence we need to understand what programs and code do to our thinking.

Featuring:

  • Zoe Anastassiou as Maddie the CEO
  • Noah Masur as Rohit from IT

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17240: Technology, a Young Entrepreneur & a Mother

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An innocent remark and a story unravels, a story the suggests some of the challenges that women face in trying to climb into the leadership ranks of high technology. It begins with Maddie, student at the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School for Disruptive Innovation, and the CEO of a new startup called “Watcher Dogs” and ends with our business manager and cohost trying to make sense of an incident some nine years in the past. This is the world that high technology offers to women and these are the stories we tell.

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Cast:

Maddie-the-8-year-old-Entrepreneur: Zoe Anastassiou

Anna-the-Intern:Sarah Corbyn Woolf

Evelyn-the-business-manager:Margaux Amie

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17231: Fuzzy Sets, Probabilities, and Boyfriends

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Rohit from IT attempts to address the question raised in the last episode: “Is it better to be a 70% with a 20% probability or a 20% boyfriend with a 70% probability?” The answer to that question involves the distinction between probability and fuzzy sets. It would be an entirely academic discussion if it weren’t central to the machinery of modern marketing. Don’t want to think of yourself as a having a 70% chance of being 80% of a customer? Then you better listen.

If you want a little more context for this problem, you might want to Anna raise the issues of Fuzzy Sets in the “Knowledge Engineered Boyfriend”.

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Cast:

Rohit from IT: Noah Masur

Rohit’s Cricket Team:Themselves

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17910: Position, Function, Status – How Technology Changers Our Lives

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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 & Cohost: Josh LaForce

Evelyn the Business Manager & Cohost: Margaux Amie

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