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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Kaffe Logistiks: 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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Kaffe Logistiks: 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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SidePocket: 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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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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HWMS: 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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HWMS: Machines that Learn Our Jobs?

>hwms.coverart A metal lathe. A 40 year old clasp. A playlist of unfortunate songs. Most unfortunate. A suspicious relationship between Henry Ford and Thomas Alva Edison. All of these point to questions about what we know about our jobs and know that knowledge can be captured by machines. Deep learning. Big Data. Capturing what we know. A new thing, right? Is it only the new generation, the millennial who squint into the future with the gloaming dread that there will be nothing for them in the future? Nothing at all? The answer is “Not quite.” Those with the greatest fear of automation and smart machines are those at the end end of their careers, not at the start. Those that realize that their skills will not survive them. Furthermore, one quality of work makes it possible to capture knowledge, the fact that we tend to do jobs in sequence, that we have a set of steps that we follow to get things done. To protect yourself, do you need to be good at things that are done out of order? That wander from task to task? So we ask in our story about captured knowledge. Cast:
  • Bix the Master Scrum Master – Ron Bianchi
  • Molly the Podcast Consultant – Caraid O’Brien
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
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