Tag Archives: Noah Masur

Delivering the Goods

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It’s not the slides.

It’s not the words.

It’s not the clothes you wear.

This doesn’t determine your success.  Or at least it doesn’t determine it very much.

The bigger issue:  What do your clients know?  And when did the learn it?

In the consulting trip to Hamburg, our team is about to deliver its report.  Lots of ideas.  Lots of implications for the future of the client, Bohne Kaffe Logistiks.

But the report has become public.  Or at least parts of it.

And everyone thinks they know what is in it.   More importantly, they think they know what is in it for them.

The measure of success?  Can they communicate the real message.

Tenth episode in a series on the ins and outs of tech consulting.

Cast:

  • Kit, Director of Consulting – Kit Kuksenok
  • Evelyn, the Business Manager – Margaux Amie 
  • Anna the Intern  – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Rohit from IT  – Noah Masur
  • Florian Bohne, Owner BKL – Josh LaForce
  • Sonja, BKL Operations Manager  – Debbon Ayer

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Keeping the Noise Down

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If they wanted the same thing, then the decision would be easy.

But they don’t.

So it isn’t.

Our drama probes the decision making process in this episode.  It uncovers two, maybe three, sharp disagreements.  A split in the family.  An employee with her own agenda.  A consultant trying to do his best and to control the noise of the discussion.

Eighth episode in a series on the ins and outs of tech consulting.

Cast:

  • Evelyn, The Business Manager – Margaux Amie
  • Kit, Director of Consulting – Kit Kuksenok
  • Leena, niece of owner of BKL – Zoe Anastassiou 
  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur
  • Fritz-Bernard from GCL  – Ron Bianchi
  • Victor, from BKL – Jake Minevich
  • Arndt from Coffee Logistics – Noah Masur
  • Sonja, manager of BKL  – Debbon Ayer
  • Anna the Intern  – Sarah Corbyn Woolf

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Do you Indeed?

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 You don’t, and that”s the point.  

None of know what we are doing when we going into a new organization.  We don’t know the history.  We don’t know the power structure.  Sometimes, we don’t even know the goals.  (And this will lead us to one of the key questions of this series: “Who are Leena and Klara?”)  Occasionally , we don’t even know ourselves. 

Our podcast consulting team has beens starting work in Hamburg.  Anna’s replacing a key staff member and thinking about the future.  Trouble is, she does not know all that the client is thinking and might not know what to do if she did.

Second episode in a series on the ins and outs of tech consulting.

Cast:

  • Kit, Chief Consultant  – Kit Kuksenok
  • Evelyn, The Business Manager – Margaux Amie
  • Anna the intern  – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Dirk, the Tech Guy – Noah Masur
  • Rohit, the Other Tech Guy – Noah Masur
  • Florian, the Client  – Josh LaForce
  • Sonya, the head of operations – Debbon Ayer
  • Vinny, the CTO – Geoffrey Grier

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The Beginning is Chaos: Starting to Consult

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How do you begin a consulting job?

In thunder, lightening or in rain?

It is chaotic at the start. You move to new offices, meet new people and start to appreciate new responsibilities. Our podcast has been hired by a German firm – a logistics provider to the coffee industry – to review their software systems and make recommendations. They arrive on site, after a long flight, and quickly discover that they did not fully appreciate the environment in which they would have to work.

First episode in a series on tech consulting.

Cast:

  • Kit, Chief Consultant  – Kit Kuksenok
  • Evelyn, The Business Manager – Margaux Amie
  • Anna the intern  – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Dirk, the Tech Guy – Noah Masur
  • Florian, the Client  – Josh LaForce
  • Sonya, the head of operations – 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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How Smart Is Your Phone?

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It’s not a question of smarts. It’s a question of how it got that way. A lot of the smart apps are fairly straight forward – classic computing ideas repackaged in a clever case. You start taking the p hone apart and you a lot of ideas that aren’t that clever experience t for the effort that it took to get them into that little case.

So we ask the question “How?” And of course, Anna has her ideas. Maybe she’s right. Maybe she’s not. But someone had to decide why the map app was important and why it was smart.

Anna and her crew take apart the smartphone as part of her series on Artificial Intelligence.

Cast:

  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur
  • Zack the Database Guy – Jake Minevich
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf

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Really a Real Professional – Introduction to Eta Kappa Nu

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Is it real?

Move from a classroom to a professional office is real enough, though it proves to be something like a dream when you pass through it. The goal is real enough. Your past remains vivid in your mind. Your present standing is far from clear.

This week we look at an engineering Honors Society Eta Kappa Nu. It is a group that is designed to identify top engineering students and turn them into professionals. A noble job but its members spend a lot of time answering the question “Is it real?”

Cast:

  • Vinny the CTO – Geoffrey Grier
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur
  • Zack the Database Manager – Jake Minevich
  • Jenny without a title- Debbon Ayer

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Cyberspace as Frontier: John Perry Barlow

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He is remembered as as the founder of the Electronic Freedom Foundation. Or, alternatively, as a lyricist for the Grateful Dead and link between counterculture and technology. However, John Perry Barlow was the writer that argued that cyberspace was a frontier and that settling that frontier would require more thought that we were prepared to give.

Cast:

  • Evelyn the Business Manager – Margaux Amie
  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur

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working.context.coverart A more thorough discussion of technological frontiers and the ways that organizations leaders need to approach those frontiers can be found in the podcast “The Context for Work“.

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