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Assume an Infinite Pile of Turtles

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When it falls apart, it just goes. You think you understand something. You got the idea right. You’re ready to act, to executive. Then all of a sudden, you realize that your approach has a flaw, a fundamental flaw. It would work perfectly well, IF you could have an infinite pile of turtles. Turtles, Turtles, all the way down.

If this doesn’t make sense, listen to Bix. He’ll make the idea clear.

Cast:

  • Bix the Master Scrum Master- Ron Bianchi

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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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17315: Working in the Neighborhood

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How do you fix a troubled startup? How do you mend a broken heart?

When your startup is in trouble, you can look for solutions in every possible direction but the right one. Vinny considers the possibility of a simple technical fix for Maddie’s increasingly complex Watcher Dogz.

Featuring:

  • Zoe Anastassiou as Maddie-the-8-year-old-entrepreneur
  • Geoffrey Grier as Vinny the Board Chair
  • Margaux Amie as Evelyn the Office Manager
  • Ron Bianchi as Ernesto from Tenderloin Angels

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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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17245: The Agile Board and the Young CEO

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Who’s responsible? And to Whom? The CEO? The Board? The Investors?

In this episode we explore the challenges that a Board has with a young CEO, especially with a creative leader who is trying to build an agile company. Is it in their best interest to try to follow best practices or do they need to focus on getting their leader prepared for responsibility?

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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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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17210: Big Problems with Big Data

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Big Data. It gives you facts. It tells you what is really happening. It has Volume, Varity, Velocity, Veracity and, of course, Vexation of Spirit. Vexation can come with the data, no matter how much you have of it, tells you more about the structure that gathered it than the truth of any matter. When you have that, you have a problem called Simpson’s Paradox – the bane of Big Data.

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Cast:

Evelyn the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Rohit from IT: Noah Masur

Anna The Intern: Sarah Corbyn Woolf

Chuck of Acme Products: Ron Bianchi

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