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17205: Governance, Innovation & Story of a Kid


Evelyn the Business Manager and Rohit from IT preview the upcoming season of the Podcast, How We Manage Stuff. Well, that is what is supposed to happen. Rohit gets obsessed with Googling the phrase “My Bad” and things start to fall apart after that. Yet, in spite of a nasty text, the pair tell you about the stories and ideas for the next episodes of the podcast.


Evelyn the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Rohit from IT: Noah Masur


17130: The Overhire & The Young Tech Employee


What do your young tech employees think about their organization? Especially those that are still learning about organizations and how they operate? We know that they have trouble putting their ideas into words and that they often talk about their concerns in an oblique way. (Though we all do that to some extent.) We also know that they are particularly sensitive to overhire, to a new supervisor that restricts their freedom.

This episode explores some of those issues, through the eyes of Rohit, our IT Guy. Rohit has recently realized that the newly hired Bix-the-Scrum-Master is actually his boss.



Rohit-from-IT:  Noah Masur

Evelyn-the-Business-Manager: Margaux Amie

Sully-from-Poliy & PR: Josh LaForce

Zack-the-friend-of-Rohit:  Josh LaForce

Jenny-the-friend-of-Anna: Debbon Ayer


16425: The Fissured Workplace: We Read It So You Don’t Have To


Not up on the current literature of technology and organization? Don’t worry. We read it so you don’t have to. This week, we look at David Weil’s Fissured Workplace, a book about what is happening to the workplace in the age of Uber, Taskrabbit and Mechanical Turk.



16920: Talking About Difficult Things: Saying “No”


It is not enough to make good technology. You have to talk about it. You have to talk about it when it is good and when it is bad. The first is easy, to a point. The second is hard. How do you tell someone that their ideas are not working, that their plans have failed, that their vision of the world is incorrect? Evelyn and Sully give their lesson on the subject.


16415: Grace Hopper Celebration & A Vision for the Future


Visions don’t always work as we like.

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the largest regular tech conference for Women in the World.

Our 8-year-old entrepreneur has visions of attending and showing Screen Shot 2016-10-17 at 11.46.23 AMher new startup to a receptive world. We also discuss the challenges of building a good vision, one that guides your organization and actually makes sense.



16220: A visit to Bucks of Woodside


Negotiation. Negotiated Technology. How do we start to make the compromises that turn a technology into a product. We sit down with our CTO, Vinny and our Business Manager, Evelyn, in the famous Silicon Valley Restaurant, Bucks of Woodside, to discuss these issues. (And oddly, the waiter looks remarkably like Rohit.) This week, as we get ready for our visit with Historian George Dyson.

This episode introduces new cast member, Geoffrey Grier of San Francisco’s Recovery Theatre.


Bucks of Woodside
Bucks of WoodsideBucks is a well-known Silicon Valley restaurant in the hills north and west of Palo Alto. In common with a certain class of business restaurants, it is decorated in a style that can only be described as “Eclectic junkyard”. Unlike many of these places, the decor has a certain authenticity because it doesn’t seem to have been carefully designed or arranged. The artifacts were acquired by the owner and simply fill the place.

Perhaps unique among such restaurants, the own of Bucks Slide3
apparently made an offer to purchase Lenin’s body after the disintegration of the U. S. S. R.  The exchange of letters between the restaurant owner and a mid-level Russian minister captures both the unconstrained deal making of Silicon Valley with the rapicious actions of Russia’s new oligarchs.   The restaurant offers a price in “the low six figures” and the Russian minister ducks the offer while suggesting that Russia might have some other cultural artifacts that could be purchased for that sum.”




Episode 16140: People, Lines and Boxes



What happens to an organization when you introduce a new technology?

Before we answer that question, we listen to a public services announcement from Anna, the intern. She feels that she knows what we need to know, and she is going to give us that information whether we like it or not.

We think of technology as changing the position or function of workers. This is true but it also changes the status of workers as well. Status is not merely the standing of an individual in a group. It measures communication, effectiveness and charisma (a quality that Anna particularly loves.) While technology changes position and function in predictable ways, it can produce unanticipated changes on status. It can even bring an intern and her little dog into prominence.



The ideas in this episode come from the work of Frank Levy and Richard Murnane, The new division of labor : how computers are creating the next job market,  Princeton University Press, c2004; as well as the classic ideas of Peter Drucker, The new society; the anatomy of the industrial order, Harper, 1950.