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We Read It: The Great Convergence

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Globalization.  It seems to be a term  of another era.  Simpler.  Less chaotic.  Quieter, perhaps.  Civil, if that remains a relevant concept.

In this episode, we return to that idea as part of our recurring series “We Read It So You Don’t Have To.”  Specifically, we look at the role of technology in linking national economies together.  Our intrepid reviewing team considers The Great Convergence by Richard Baldwin.

Cast:

  • Penelope Othmar, Principle of the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School of Disruptive Innovation   –  Debbon Ayer
  • Sulley from PR & Policy  – Josh LaForce

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The Reckoning

hwms.coverartThe arc comes to a close, even though the issues remain open.   At some point, the board has to make a decision – Take the path to the right, Take the path to the left, or Stand in the middle of the road, (which is a decision unto itself.)

Vinny’s board has taken the “maximize immediate return on investment” path, which was the obvious choice once they understood the situation.  The decision brings the SidePocket story to a close because there is no more SidePocket to discuss.  However, it leaves at least on human open, unresolved and visible for all to see.

Cast:

  • Maddie, the young entrepreneur  – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Vinny, the CEO of SidePocket – Geoffrey Grier
  • Molly of SidePocket – Caraid O’Brien
  • Thomas of IBM – Ron Bianchi
  • Carl of G&P – Josh LaForce
  • Jessie, formerly of SidePocket – Sahara Ale
  • San, a mover – Ron Bianchi
  • Julio, a mover – Jake Minevich

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The Corporate Goddesses

In this episode a pair of movers debate the meaning of a series of statues that are commonly called “The Corporate Goddesses”.   These statues are mounted on the top of 860 California Street in San Francisco’s Financial District.  They were done by sculptor  Muriel Castanis (1926-2006).   From a distance they appear to be draped female figures but closer inspection reveals that they are only the draping without faces or figures.

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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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Climbing the Corporate Ladder

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Boards. Why do you need them? Just they don’t get in the way? The podcast How We Manage Stuff will soon start a new series that deals with technology, organizations and governance in a effort to help you understand how to bring new ideas to market. Cast Member Zoe Anastassiou and Geoffrey Grier

Cast:

  • Maddie the Entrepreneur / Herself – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Vinny the CTO / Himself – Geoffrey Grier

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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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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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17240: Technology, a Young Entrepreneur & a Mother

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An innocent remark and a story unravels, a story the suggests some of the challenges that women face in trying to climb into the leadership ranks of high technology. It begins with Maddie, student at the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School for Disruptive Innovation, and the CEO of a new startup called “Watcher Dogs” and ends with our business manager and cohost trying to make sense of an incident some nine years in the past. This is the world that high technology offers to women and these are the stories we tell.

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Cast:

Maddie-the-8-year-old-Entrepreneur: Zoe Anastassiou

Anna-the-Intern:Sarah Corbyn Woolf

Evelyn-the-business-manager:Margaux Amie

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17910: Position, Function, Status – How Technology Changers Our Lives

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We Read It So You Don’t Have to. There is so much new information published every day that one person can’t possible read it all much less get any perspective on it. Take Automation, Autonomous Cars, Machine Learning. All of these technologies pose new challenges to the organization and at the same time, they represent forces that are quite old. In this episode, we take a look at a new book on these topics, Industry 4.0, and an old one Automation.

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Cast:

Sullivan from the Policy Office & Cohost: Josh LaForce

Evelyn the Business Manager & Cohost: Margaux Amie

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