Series: We Read It So You Don’t Have To

Our lives are busy.  We do all we would like to do much less read all that we would like to read.  To help our readers with this persistent problem, our trusted staff regularly reads new and classic works to help our devoted audience with its work and career.

However, since its inception, this series has been plagued with a recurring problem.  “Have you read today’s book?” asks one cast member.  “No,” says the other, “you said I didn’t have to.”  Within a few lines of that opening, the conversation quickly slides into issues that are always important, questions that are relevant, and ideas that are usually related to the book at hand.  You feel smarter because of the conversation and feel that you’ve had an enjoyable time.  You also feel that you don’t have to read the book, because we have read it for you.

 

The Second Machine Age

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This is how we can help.  Sulley from our Policy Office and Maddie, our in house entrepreneur have carefully read the book (more or less) and present a detailed and careful summary for your edification.  Remember, we read it so you don’t have to.

Cast:

  • Maddie the 8-year-old Entrepreneur – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Sulley from the Policy Office – Josh LaForce

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The Machine That Changed the World

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Agile Ideas. Agile Development. Agile Software. Agile, and its variants, are the methods of modern industry and modern commerce. Yet, they are as old as industry itself. They become prominent when circumstances demand it.

Anna and Rohit read one of the founding texts of the Agile movement, The Machine That Changed the World and explain why they read it so you don’t have to.

Featuring:

  •  Anna-the-Intern –  Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  •  Rohit from IT – Noah Masur
  • Ralph E. Flanders, in a cameo appearance
  • Mr. Skippy as himself

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Imagineers of War

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Was the Internet designed to withstand a nuclear attack? Common story. Is it true?

Rohit and Penelope Othmar explore the origins of the Internet when they review the book Imagineers of War by Sharon Weinberger, a book that discusses the history of ARPA, the Advanced Research Projects Agency.    The answer is not as straightforward as we might like.

Featuring:

  •  Penelope Othmar, Principle of the Lillian Moller School for Disruptive Innovation – Debbon Ayer 
  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur

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The Golden Parachute

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Who better to review a book about Harvard Business School than two generations of Entrepreneurs? Vinny the CTO brings the expertise of success. He founded SidePocket in the 1980s and led it to a brilliant, albeit short, life. Maddie brings the perspective of hard experience. She is the founding CEO of WatcherDogz, which is her second company. Between the two of them, they debate the question, “Why is Harvard Business School like a squirrel?”

Cast:

    • Vinny the CTO –  Geoffrey Grier
    • Maddie the 8-year-old Entrepreneur –  Zoe Anastassiou
    • Mr. Skippy-  Himself

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Industry 4.0

hwms.coverartWe 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.

Cast:

  • Sullivan from the Policy Office –  Josh LaForce
  • Himself – David Alan Grier

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Enterprise Architecture

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Three questions. What is Enterprise Architecture? Does it have anything to do with the Starship Enterprise? And why should we care? Rohit from IT joins the podcast in this episode to explore this idea on one of our “We Read It So You Don’t Have To” episodes.

Cast:

  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur

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Juugard Innovation

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We Read It So You Don’t Have To. We regularly look at new books on technology or organization. Today, we look at an Indian book on Jugaad Innovation and ask “How is it really different from an American book?” Jameela, our Bangalore Office Manager, as always, has ideas. Lots of ideas.

Cast:

  • Jameela from Bangalore-  Sonam Powar

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Hidden Figures

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Do you see the talent that you have in your organization.  The movie Hidden Figures brings some welcome attention to the forgotten  human computers who did the calculations for the manned space program.  However, as much as we might like to think that the story of Katherine Goble Johnson and NASA’s West Area Computers was an isolated anomaly, we quickly discover that it is not.  All organizations have hidden, unappreciated workers, as the book When Computers Were Human shows.
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