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Mother Comes Home from the War

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Hardship means different things at different times.  

Abby Alton, the CEO of Talking and Shopping, finishes a long day of meeting members of Congress.  

In place of a moment of rest, she is faced with an obsequious assistant, an aide who has yet to understand the invasive nature of modern retail, and a consultant who has learned a story of political trouble.  

Birnham Wood may be starting to move to Dunsinane.   The leadership T&S is starting to grasp that success in the market is not the same thing as success in Washington.  

So starts the second act of our tale.  The eighth episodes of the Audio Drama “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know.”

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor
  • Margaux Amie –  Evelyne, Operations Manager of HWMS
  • Debbon Ayer – Abby Alton, CEO of T&S
  • Geoffrey Grier – Fitz Morris of NTIA; Vinny of HWMS
  • Josh LaForce – Sulley Bowman, Director HWMS Washington Office
  • Jake Minevich – Victor Numerov of T&S; 
  • Skippy – Maggy, the Fury

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The Prologue: How Not to [Suck] at Consulting

hwms.coverart Outside Tech meets Inside Politics. That’s the story. If you understand what it means, you can quit right here. But you’ll miss the story.  And the lesson. With this episode, we start the complete presentation of our recent series on tech consulting.  Two hours of drama in five easy episodes. There’s something for everyone.  Good plot.  A few jokes.  Interesting characters.  Goats, always a welcome addition.  And a lesson, a lesson of our time: the lesson of what happens when outside tech meets in inside politics. The preliminary episodes in which we set our stage. Cast:
  • Kit, Director of Consulting – Kit Kuksenok
  • Evelyn, the Business Manager – Margaux Amie 
  • Herself –  Debbon Ayer
  • Himself  – Josh LaForce
  • Chuck, friend of Zippy  – Ron Bianchi
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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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You Really Want to Be a Consultant?

hwms.coverart You’ve posted your qualifications, got yourself a business license and are ready to start a new career as an independent tech consultant.   What makes you think that you will succeed in a field where others have, well, not succeeded? This fall, we’re going to start a series that follows the crack How We Manage Stuff cast as they undertake an international  consulting job in Northern Germany.  You get a chance to see what works (and what doesn’t) without exposing your own reputation to ridicule. In this episode, we give you a preview of what the series will bring. Cast:
  • Evelyne, the Business Manager  – Margaux Amie
  • Kit – Kit Kuksenok
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The Second Machine Age: We Read It So You Don’t Have To

hwms.coverartYou’ve intended to read The Second Machine Age, by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAffee but just haven’t found the time.  It’s an important book, to be sure, and explains a lot about the future of work.  But it’s fat.  And it’s say on your Amazon wish list for what, three years? 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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Retrospective: CES 2017 & The Trillion Shot Latte

hwms.coverart The story of the 2017 CES was drones. Drones to deliver packages. Drones to inspect oil pipelines. Drones to follow traffic. Drones to spy on you neighbor. One company offered drones to bring the last remnant of paper mail to beleaguered offices. Another upped the ante by suggesting that drones could bring food to those office workers who were either chained to their desks or intent on impressing their bosses with their dedication to work. The IT director of the podcast HWMS, Rohit, went one step further with his Autonomous Drone Latte Deliver System (ADLADS). Prior to the 2017 CES he demonstrated the system by draining Lake Mead and filling it with the trillion shot late. Cast
  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Bix the Master Scrum Master – John C. Havens
  • Tourist 1 – Debbon Ayer
  • Tourist 2 – Josh LaForce
  • Himself – Stan Freberg
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17510: Remembering Gertrude Blanch

hwms.coverart 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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17335: A Holiday for Statistics

hwms.coverart 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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