During this period, we included a number of real guests on the podcasts and tried to incorporate their world with the increasingly rich environment that was being created by our cast. This week. “How We Manage Stuff” is podcasting live at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Of course, you need to remember that podcasting is not a live medium. That is called “streaming” and we don’t do it yet.) We take a quick look at the CES booths and try to determine the important new technology for the year.  This is a podcast about technology, about organizations and about people. In this episode, the office staff meet to talk about the goals for the next season, the guests that will be featured, and the things they have accomplished over the last weeks. Also, Anna the Internet makes an appeal to Elon Musk to help her be the host of the next Binge episode  Anna wants to be a player. She hopes to be a technology media mogul. For her next step, she hopes to host the next binge episode, though she has already hosted two, one on December 22 and the next on December 29. To achieve that goal, she has made an appeal to Elon Musk, though this appeal is also an apology for a slight she fears that she may have made.  What happens when you are developing big technology? Perhaps you are helping to build a global radio network. How do requirements emerge? How do you respond? This week’s guest helps us to understand these issues. It is Tiffany Norwood, who was part of the Worldspace team, the startup that became the company now known as XM-Sirius.  Is there an Agile Governance? We think of Agile development as occurring on the project or operations level. Yet projects take place in a bigger context, one that is shaped by boards and financing and strategies. In this episode, the How We Manage Stuff talks about how the “ravings of filthy rich ego-maniacs” shape his work and ultimately the work of a company as well. This episode introduces Tom Woteki as Gerald the Board Chair.  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.  Smart. Informed. Humorous. Every episode should make you feel a little smarter, a bit better informed and, perhaps, that you can laugh at the foibles of the world. Today, Tamara and David talk about the goals of the podcast and show how it can work for you.  Agile. We think of it as a way of developing software. Or managing projects. It came from the auto industry. Toyota to be exact. Yet, we are still a little surprised when we see it used to develop physical goods. In this episode, Guest Daryl Belock of Thermo-Fisher Scientific tells us how he uses Agile methods in his work. Of course, this happens only after Anna the Intern discovers that Agile methods have nothing to do with corporations.