Category Archives: Technology & Organizations

Audio Drama

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We’re an Audio Drama.

We live on the Internet.

We tell stories of work and tech and power and love and loss.

Consultants in Germany.  Artificial Intelligence in Seattle.  A startup in Mountain View.  Books that we read so you don’t have to.  An little entrepreneur  who knows things her elders never will.

We tell you a story.

We’re How We Manage Stuff.  

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale 
  • Margaux Amie 
  • Zoe Anastassiou 
  • Debbon Ayer 
  • Ron Bianchi 
  • Anastasia Deloret 
  • Geoffrey Grie
  • Kit Kuksenok
  • Josh LaForce 
  • Noah Masur
  • Jake Minevich 
  • Skippy
  • Sarah Corbyn Woolf

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Interlude: A Holiday for Data?

hwms.coverart  It’s a holiday for gratitude in the United States but a holiday for data in the rest of the world. A Holiday for Data? Three different groups have organized holidays for data and statistics: one for India, one for the continent of Africa and one for the world at large. You may think that they’re celebrating numbers but if you look closely at any one of them, you find that they are actually celebrating something a little more profound. Take a break with our cast to celebrate the importance of data. Cast (on Vacation):
  • Sahara Ale
  • Margaux Amie
  • Zoe Anastassiou
  • Debbon Ayer
  • Ron Bianchi
  • Geoffrey Grier
  • Kit Kuksenok
  • Josh LaForce
  • Noah Masur
  • Jake Minevich
  • Caraid O’Brien
  • Sarah Corbyn Woolf
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Consulting: What does this paper mean?

hwms.coverart  You don’t, and that”s the point.   It’s the contract that holds you together. Not your history. Not your friendship. Not anything else. The contract. Offer. Acceptance. Consideration. That’s it. And what does that paper mean when things start moving fast, when you jump from one meeting to the next? And what does it mean when the client, or perhaps a representative of the client, has ideas? Where does the contract end? Fourth episode in a series on the ins and outs of tech consulting. Cast:
  • Kit, Chief Consultant  – Kit Kuksenok
  • Evelyn, The Business Manager – Margaux Amie
  • Anna the intern  – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Sonya, the head of operations – Debbon Ayer
  • Vinny, the CTO – Geoffrey Grier
  • Aravinda, our Attorney – Sahara Ale
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Consulting: Do you Indeed?

hwms.coverart  You don’t, and that”s the point.   None of know what we are doing when we going into a new organization.  We don’t know the history.  We don’t know the power structure.  Sometimes, we don’t even know the goals.  (And this will lead us to one of the key questions of this series: “Who are Leena and Klara?”)  Occasionally , we don’t even know ourselves.  Our podcast consulting team has beens starting work in Hamburg.  Anna’s replacing a key staff member and thinking about the future.  Trouble is, she does not know all that the client is thinking and might not know what to do if she did. Second episode in a series on the ins and outs of tech consulting. Cast:
  • Kit, Chief Consultant  – Kit Kuksenok
  • Evelyn, The Business Manager – Margaux Amie
  • Anna the intern  – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Dirk, the Tech Guy – Noah Masur
  • Rohit, the Other Tech Guy – Noah Masur
  • Florian, the Client  – Josh LaForce
  • Sonya, the head of operations – Debbon Ayer
  • Vinny, the CTO – Geoffrey Grier
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Tech, Money, Betrayal & Bad Driving

hwms.coverartThings are never as clear as they seem.  Never as obvious.  Never as straightforward as you would like. It should be simple.  You get an idea.  You make a product.  You take it to the market.  Let your customers decide for good or for ill. But that simplicity masks the fundamental conflict.  A conflict over goals.  A conflict that is often deeply hidden in the acts and decisions of daily life. Cast members Caraid O’Brien and Josh LaForce talk about the current series of the podcast and the challenges of preparing a podcast while driving through the streets of San Jose, California.   Cast:
  • Molly of SidePocket – Caraid O’Brien
  • Carl of G&P – Josh LaForce
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Stories about Tech Governance

hwms.coverartTechnology & Governance?  What’s the big deal?  It’s just politics.  Right? And why are we doing it with stories?  Why can’t we just give you the PowerPoints and be done with it? Because Tech Governance is a key part of our age.  Without it, you don’t get the new products, the new services, the new tools, the new ideas. By why stories? Because you only learn this stuff by living it.  And if you can’t live it yourself, you can at least eavesdrop to someone who is living with those lessons and get the benefits of their experience. A mid-series overview of the podcast. Cast:
  • Maddie the 8-year-old Entrepreneur – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Vinny the CTO – Geoffrey Grier
  • Jessie of SidePocket – Sahara Ale
  • Rick of SidePocket – Noah Masur
  • Molly of SidePocket – Caraid O’Brien
  • Carl of G&P – Josh LaForce
  • Violet from Marketting – Margaux Amie
  • Dennis of Toolcart – Jake Minevich
  • Rick at the Converence – Ron Bianchi
  • Karen from CalFed – Debbon Ayer
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Climbing the Corporate Ladder

hwms.coverart 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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How Smart Is Your Phone?

hwms.coverart It’s not a question of smarts. It’s a question of how it got that way. A lot of the smart apps are fairly straight forward – classic computing ideas repackaged in a clever case. You start taking the p hone apart and you a lot of ideas that aren’t that clever experience t for the effort that it took to get them into that little case. So we ask the question “How?” And of course, Anna has her ideas. Maybe she’s right. Maybe she’s not. But someone had to decide why the map app was important and why it was smart. Anna and her crew take apart the smartphone as part of her series on Artificial Intelligence. Cast:
  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur
  • Zack the Database Guy – Jake Minevich
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
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