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17615: Internet as Defense Technology – We Read It So You Don’t Have To

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Was the Internet designed to withstand a nuclear attack? Common story. Is it true?

Rohit and Penelope Othmar explore the origins of the Internet when they review the book Imagineers of War by Sharon Weinberger, a book that discusses the history of ARPA, the Advanced Research Projects Agency.    The answer is not as straightforward as we might like.

Featuring:

  • Debbon Ayer as Penelope Othmar, Principle of the Lillian Moller School for Disruptive Innovation
  • Noah Masur as Rohit from IT

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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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17140: Real Foresight

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Can we really foresee the future? How can we plan for new ideas, new innovations, new disruptions? Founding co-host Tamara Carleton to explain her system of Foresight while Anna and Rohit try to understand, as best as they can, what she is saying.

And then, there is that problem with the Gummy Bears. Artisanal Gummy Bears.

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Expert:

Tamara Carleton, Founding Cohost

Cast:

Anna-the-Intern: Sarah Corbyn Woolf

Rohit-from-IT: Noah Masur

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17115: We Read It So You Don’t Have To – Hidden Figures

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Do you see the talent that you have in your organization.  The movie Hidden Figures brings some welcome attention to the forgotten  human computers who did the calculations for the manned space program.  However, as much as we might like to think that the story of Katherine Goble Johnson and NASA’s West Area Computers was an isolated anomaly, we quickly discover that it is not.  All organizations have hidden, unappreciated workers, as the book When Computers Were Human shows.
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17015: Where is the Stuff in HWMS? (Season Overview)

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It used to be David and Tamara. Now it’s Evelyn & Sullivan, or Rohit & Anna, or Vinny and little Maddie. All these characters give you some insight into technology and organization and work. In this episode, Executive Producer previews the coming season.

 

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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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Maddie, the Eight-Year Old Entrepreneur

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With a week off for How We Manage Stuff, we offer a little snippet of Maddie, our 8-year old entrepreneur who is visiting Washington. Maddie represents all that is right with American business. Its energy. Its vision. Its optimism. She is also the side of it that is 8 years old. Enjoy the introduction of this little fireball from an episode released in May.

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16335: What Happens When the Bosses Are Gone?

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We know the answer to this question. You know the answer to it. You wouldn’t be looking at this page if you didn’t. The only questions are “How will the staff get themselves out of this mess?” and “How embarrassing will it be for them?” Click to find the answer.

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