Category Archives: Technology & Organizations

To Make A Point

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You’ve argued your case again and again. They hear your points, concede your argument but don’t accept your conclusion.

What do you do? And when do you do it?

And perhaps most importantly, what do you tell yourself about the risk involved? A key moment in the development of SidePocket.

Cast:

  • Maddie the 8-year-old Entrepreneur – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Vinny the CTO – Geoffrey Grier
  • Molly of SidePocket – Caraid O’Brien
  • Carl of G&P – Josh LaForce
  • Jim or Kim or Tim – Ron Bianchi
  • Violet of Marketing – Margaux Amie

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Success & Temptation

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What’s success?  A million a month? A million a month in revenue for a young software firm? (Remember, this story comes from the 1990s, Podcastland.) It’s not a bad start.

But what do you do with success? Throw a party? Lease a new office building? Build your technical staff? Listen to your board and take a stab at controlling the market?

Such is the problem faced by Vinny, the CEO of SidePocket. He doesn’t know what path to take even with the siren call of temptation sweeps through the air.

 

Cast:

  • Maddie the 8-year-old Entrepreneur – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Vinny the CTO – Geoffrey Grier
  • Molly of SidePocket – Caraid O’Brien
  • Carl of G&P – Josh LaForce
  • Rick at the Converence – Ron Bianchi
  • Karen from CalFed – Debbon Ayer

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Stories about Tech Governance

hwms.coverartTechnology & Governance?  What’s the big deal?  It’s just politics.  Right?

And why are we doing it with stories?  Why can’t we just give you the PowerPoints and be done with it?

Because Tech Governance is a key part of our age.  Without it, you don’t get the new products, the new services, the new tools, the new ideas.

By why stories?

Because you only learn this stuff by living it.  And if you can’t live it yourself, you can at least eavesdrop to someone who is living with those lessons and get the benefits of their experience.

A mid-series overview of the podcast.

Cast:

  • Maddie the 8-year-old Entrepreneur – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Vinny the CTO – Geoffrey Grier
  • Jessie of SidePocket – Sahara Ale
  • Rick of SidePocket – Noah Masur
  • Molly of SidePocket – Caraid O’Brien
  • Carl of G&P – Josh LaForce
  • Violet from Marketting – Margaux Amie
  • Dennis of Toolcart – Jake Minevich
  • Rick at the Converence – Ron Bianchi
  • Karen from CalFed – Debbon Ayer

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Leaving Detroit

hwms.coverartHow do you make decisions about tech companies – especially tech startups?  It’s not as easy, or as straightforward or as rational as we might like to think.  Over the next 7 episodes, we will look at our long term CTO, Vinny, make decisions about his original startup.  

Vinny is making these decisions under duress, which doesn’t help.  His wife died just as he was starting his company.  No one trusts him to make good decisions.  And he’s not sure that he can make them himself.

Cast:

  • Maddie the 8-year-old Entrepreneur – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Vinny the CTO – Geoffrey Grier
  • Curt of SidePocket – Noah Masur
  • Dennis of SidePocket – Jake Minevich
  • Jessie of SidePocket – Sahara Ale

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Machines that Learn Our Jobs?

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A metal lathe. A 40 year old clasp. A playlist of unfortunate songs. Most unfortunate. A suspicious relationship between Henry Ford and Thomas Alva Edison. All of these point to questions about what we know about our jobs and know that knowledge can be captured by machines. Deep learning. Big Data.

Capturing what we know. A new thing, right? Is it only the new generation, the millennial who squint into the future with the gloaming dread that there will be nothing for them in the future? Nothing at all?

The answer is “Not quite.” Those with the greatest fear of automation and smart machines are those at the end end of their careers, not at the start. Those that realize that their skills will not survive them. Furthermore, one quality of work makes it possible to capture knowledge, the fact that we tend to do jobs in sequence, that we have a set of steps that we follow to get things done.

To protect yourself, do you need to be good at things that are done out of order? That wander from task to task? So we ask in our story about captured knowledge.

Cast:

  • Bix the Master Scrum Master – Ron Bianchi
  • Molly the Podcast Consultant – Caraid O’Brien
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf

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Smart Technology in the Intersection

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A series on smart technology technology and autonomous vehicles is running when a self-driving Uber car goes astray. It probably does not mark the end of the technology. However it causes us to remember the true nature of what we are doing and how the public may not forever sustain its enthusiasm for digital products or its willingness to serve as the test subjects for new ideas.

Thoughts on the Tempe crash from the staff of How We Manage Stuff.

Cast:

  • David Alan Grier- Executive Producer

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Your Job Taken by a Machine?

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Are machines taking are jobs? Or perhaps more to the point, are you concerned that machines, smart machines, are poised to take your job?

With this episode, we start an examination of smart machines as a substitute for workers. We put it in the hands of our intern, Anna. After all, more of her career is likely to be taken by a machine than anyone else.

As always, we start with the big picture, the context for work. Just because a machine is capable of doing your work doesn’t mean that it makes sense for it to do your job. We start the series with a visit to an automated office, or more accurately, an office that we were told had been automated. Our cast doesn’t quite find what they expected, which gets us asking the question “How Smart Are You?”

Cast:

  • Sullivan from PR – Josh LaForce
  • Evelyn the Business Manager- Margaux Amie
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf

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Why Don’t They Finish?

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Do young employees find it hard to finish tasks? Is it somehow difficult for them to bring a job to completion? So we ask the question and start to look for an answer.

Our cast moves from the problem of finishing tasks to the problem of finishing MOOCS – Those Massive Open OnLine Courses that seem to be everywhere and no where at once. And from finishing MOOCs, they return to the problem of finishing tasks and grasp, for a moment, that they are the same thing. In a world where information is ubiquitous, why do we need to finish anything?

Cast:

  • Vinny the CTO – Geoffrey Grier
  • Penelope Othmar from the LMGSDI- Debbon Ayer
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur
  • Kit Kuksenok – Himself

Podcast written by Kit Kuksenok & David Alan Grier
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