Why Do We Code? (Computer Science Week)

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Why do we need to learn to code? Really. Can’t we just get an app and be done with it? A bunch of tech people are giving us a bunch of reasons to do it but they are, in all honesty, silly. Fix a web page? Add a function to your spreadsheet? Have these people never heard of the law of comparative advantage?

In this episode, reposted from Computer Science Week, Maddie, our model of the perfect CEO gets to the point. We need to learn to code because that is how we now think. We live in a world of programs and code. Hence we need to understand what programs and code do to our thinking.

Featuring:

  • Zoe Anastassiou as Maddie the CEO
  • Noah Masur as Rohit from IT

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17510: Remembering Gertrude Blanch

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Once computing was work. Hard work. Paper. Pencil. Nothing more.

Once, thousands of people calculated in mass computing labs. Now, they are generally forgotten.

This November, The National Institute of Standards and Technology has corrected our memory by honoring their chief computer from the 1930s, Gertrude Blanch.   Blanch was the director of the Mathematical Tables Project, a WPA work relief effort that was once the largest computing office in the world.

Our cast adds their appreciation.

Featuring:

  • Zoe Anastassiou as herself
  • Noah Masur as himself

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17315: Working in the Neighborhood

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  • 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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    17310: A Meeting At Bucks

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    What do you know about tech leadership?

    Try this one.

    There’s a meeting.  It’s in the center of Silicon Valley deal-making.  The young CEO has assembled two confidants.  The questions begin.

    Is the purpose of the get together for technical advice?  Or is it something else?

    Maddie meets with Rohit and Sulley in Buck’s of Woodside.  At her special table.

    Featuring:

    • Zoe Anastassiou as Maddie-the-8-year-old-entrepreneur
    • Josh LaForce as Sullivan from Policy and PR
    • Noah Masur as Rohit from IT
    • Debbon Ayer as Val the Waiter

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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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    17890: Principal of a Disruptive School

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    How do you present disruption?

    How do you present disruption when you are supposed to be a teacher of disruption?

    This week’s episode features Debbon Ayer, the cast member who plays Penelope Othmar, the Principal of the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School for Disruptive Innovation, the nation’s premier K-12 School for future entrepreneurial business leaders.

    Featuring:

      • Debbon Ayer as Penelope Othmar, Principal of the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School

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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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    17330: Big Data in Bangalore

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    Bangalore. Bengaluru. India’s High Tech Capital. If you’re gong to be a global podcast, you have to have an office somewhere near MG Road. The How We Manage Stuff team arrives in Bangalore – well most of it arrives in Bangalore – to find a place to work and to build a practice based on Big Data.

    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 Bix, the Scrum Master

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