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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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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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17310: A Meeting At Bucks

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What do you know about tech leadership?

Try this one.

There’s a meeting.  It’s in the center of Silicon Valley deal-making.  The young CEO has assembled two confidants.  The questions begin.

Is the purpose of the get together for technical advice?  Or is it something else?

Maddie meets with Rohit and Sulley in Buck’s of Woodside.  At her special table.

Featuring:

  • Zoe Anastassiou as Maddie-the-8-year-old-entrepreneur
  • Josh LaForce as Sullivan from Policy and PR
  • Noah Masur as Rohit from IT
  • Debbon Ayer as Val the Waiter

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17710: Manage for Profit, or for Use, or for a Good Lunch

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What’s the best way to manage technology?

Build a strong, highly structured organization?

Or do you just build a market and let the laws of supply and demand decide?

Our staff meets at a farmer’s market near the Washington Office to decide just such questions.  The answer, it turns out, involves Task Rabbits, a subway pass, and an order of Home-Made Potato Chips

Featuring:

    • Debbon Ayer as Penelope Othmar, Principal of the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School
    • Josh LaForce as Sullivan from Policy and PR
    • Ron Bianchi as Bix, the Master Scrum Master
    • Zoe Anastassiou as the impatient Customer

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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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17300: Technology and Organization and the Season Ahead

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What is next? As our cast rests on the How We Manage Stuff yacht in Puget Sound, it ponders the future and describes some of the story lines for the next season. As always, our goal is to teach lessons that are easy to discuss but hard to live. Hence, we will be looking at issues involving artificial intelligence, Agile software development, startup governance, and big data. We will open our new office in India, and start the discussion of the side effects of smart machines.

The podcast How We Manage Stuff is grateful for the support and generosity of the United States Navy and the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. No actual nuclear submarines were harmed in the production of this episode.

Featuring:

  • Josh LaForce as Sulley, head of Policy
  • Margaux Amie as Evelyn the Business Manager
  • Zoe Anastassiou as Maddie the 8-Year-Old Entrepreneur
  • Mr. Skippy as himself

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17225: Programs, Expertise and Cooking

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Is programming a skill unique to itself or can we learn some fundamental lessons from other fields. Cooking perhaps. In this episode, the podcast goes to one of its favorite restaurants – Washington DC’s Green Rice and Natto – to create an episode that looks at the different kinds of skills you need as a programmer.

We also learn about the Pepperoni Bento Box, which seems to be a unique blend of cuisines.

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Cast:

Katje Kuksenok: Herself

Rohit from IT:Noah Masur

Felipe, the cook:Josh LaForce

Christine the Sous Chef:Zoe Anastassiou

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