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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 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.  But before we do, Sulley walks down the median of Pennsylvania Avenue to explain what is about to happen.

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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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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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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Searching for Intelligent Machines

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Do smart machines help us understand smarts? More important, do we learn something about intelligence by working with artificial intelligence? The results are mixed. Current researchers regularly argue that their work is inspired by their understanding of the brain but that claim still begs the question, “do these machines teach us about through?” Some of the more common forms of smart machines, so common we not longer think of them as smart, rely on various forms of search. And of course, we can ask, is searching smart, even when we find a good answer? Third in a series on smart machines hosted by Anna-the-Intern.

Cast:

  • Jenny – Debbon Ayer
  • Zack – Jake Minevich
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf

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Do Smart Machines Make Sense?

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It’s rarely a direct replacement. Rarely do smart machines actually change the workplace as they were intended. It’s always a change to some side occupation, an occupation that you may not connect with smart technology. as

Our series on smart machines and work considers the contributions of John McCarthy, one of the founders of the field of Artificial Intelligence. McCarthy had grand plans for his work. He hoped to build a machine that could do the kind of logical reasoning that Euclid did for geometry. The question is, of course, “Was McCarthy’s work a success?” but the answer is not measured by the parallel query “How many geometers did McCarthy put out of work?”

Cast:

  • Vinny the CTO – Geoffrey Grier
  • Molly- Caraid O’Brien
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf

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