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What Big Tech Doesn’t Know Big Time

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They don’t talk.

They don’t write.

They don’t really like dealing with each other.

Yet, they need each other, need each other in a fundamental, all consuming way.  

We’re talking about Tech and Government, in case there was any question.  

And do you know how we know, how we know this?  

Because this is one of the things we do at How We Manage Stuff.  We have a small policy office on the unfashionable side of Capitol Hill that is led by Sulley, our Policy and PR Director.  From this vantage, Sulley and his staff help Tech leaders understand why they need government and Washington policy-makers appreciate that tech is not quite as frightening as they thought.

So we’ve got a new client – a hapless Tech Giant called T&S – and we’re about to start a new story.  It features Debbon Ayer as the CEO Abby Alton, Kit Kuksenok as the CTO genius Ed Kowalski, Margaux Amie as Senator Christine Stassen, and Geoffrey Grier as government administrator Morris Fitz.  

 But before we start this narrative, the head of our Washington Office, Sulley, walks down the median of Pennsylvania Avenue to explain what is about to happen.

And so the new series begins “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know” from the audio drama “How We Manage Stuff.”

 

Cast:

  • Sulley, HWMS Washington Director – Josh LaForce
  • Fan in a car – Jake Minevich 
  • Bicyclist  – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Tour Guide  – Jake Minevich
  • Cop  – Jake Minevich

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How Not to [Suck] at Consulting: Epilogue

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The end.

It’s never quite what you expect.

In part, it’s really a beginning, though the beginning may not include you.

So we get only a hint of how the story will progress.  A family has been reconciled.  One troublesome employee has moved to the competition.  Another is still in the offices.

We have installed a new tech system but the benefits of that system are not obvious.  Not in revenue.  Not yet.

And so the series ends with the consulting team returning to their homes.  the client starting a new life, and How We Manage Stuff ready to progress to a new story.

The last part of our story on technology consulting.

Cast:

  • Kit, Director of Consulting – Kit Kuksenok
  • Evelyn, the Business Manager – Margaux Amie 
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Arndt, Rohit –  Noah Masur
  • Klara, Florian’s Niece – Sahara Ale
  • Florian Bohne  – Josh LaForce
  • Peter, Fritz-Bernard – Ron Bianchi
  • Sonja Pfeiffer, Ida – Debbon Ayer
  • Vinny – Geoffrey Grier
  • Victor of BKL, Max  – Jake Minevich
  • Leena, Florian’s other Niece – Zoe Anastassiou 

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How Not to [Suck] at Consulting: Act 2

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Can things be going well when you have to schedule a meeting with your attorney and her baby?

The team is gathering data, observing the client, makings and learning that there are a lot of things that it doesn’t know.

For example, who are the important people that need to be include?

Why is the CEO still in Switzerland?

And why is Henry Kissinger on the audio drama?

The second act of our story on technology consulting.

Cast:

  • Kit, Director of Consulting – Kit Kuksenok
  • Evelyn, the Business Manager – Margaux Amie 
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Rohit –  Noah Masur
  • Aravinda, the attorney – Sahara Ale
  • Florian Bohne  – Josh LaForce
  • Peter, Jurgen, Henry Kissinger – Ron Bianchi
  • Sonja Pfeiffer, Ida – Debbon Ayer
  • Vinny – Geoffrey Grier
  • Max  – Jake Minevich

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How Not to [Suck] at Consulting: Act I

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We arrive in Hamburg.

Port City.  International City.

World Headquarters of Coffee Logistics.

Things start poorly for the team.  They are tired.  One of there number is perhaps a little drunk.  There are some extra requirements and a dynamic that doesn’t make sense.

The operations manager seems to have an unusual control over affairs and the boss.

The boss?

He’s in Switzerland.

And with that, the story begins.

The first act of our story on technology consulting.

Cast:

  • Kit, Director of Consulting – Kit Kuksenok
  • Evelyn, the Business Manager – Margaux Amie 
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Direk, Rohit –  Noah Masur
  • Florian Bohne  – Josh LaForce
  • Sonja Pfeiffer, Ida – Debbon Ayer
  • Vinny – Geoffrey Grier
  • Max  – Jake Minevich

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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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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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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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