Saying “No”: How to Talk About Difficult Things (Series I)

hwms.coverart It is so much easier to manage fictional characters than real people.  And for a time, we asked if there were lessons that the fictional world could teach the real one.  Or perhaps it was the other way around. It is not enough to make good technology. You have to talk about it. You have to talk about it when it is good and when it is bad. The first is easy, to a point. The second is hard. How do you tell someone that their ideas are not working, that their plans have failed, that their vision of the world is incorrect? Evelyn and Sully give their lesson on the subject.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Maddie and a vision of Grace Hopper (Series I)

hwms.coverart Visions don’t always work as we like. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the largest regular tech conference for Women in the World. Our 8-year-old entrepreneur has visions of attending and showing Screen Shot 2016-10-17 at 11.46.23 AMher new startup to a receptive world. We also discuss the challenges of building a good vision, one that guides your organization and actually makes sense. [16415]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

The Vision Thing (Series I)

hwms.coverart Maddie.  Maddie the 8 year old entrepreneur from the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School for Disruptive Innovation.  Once she gets involved, our path is set.  So we continue to move towards the land of audio drama What is Vision? Business or Organizational Vision? Is just a fantasy? or a vague idea based on unproven technology? It is actually a very specific and useful concept, if you understand it. A clear vision can help you plan for the future, manage what you are doing, and assess your project. However, before you can do any of those things, you need to understand the basic elements. To our 8-year old entrepreneur, vision is a computer controlled still cutter, but she is still learning her way. [16410]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Learning from Seattle Series I)

hwms.coverart Didactic.  That was the challenge with the early series.  We felt that we needed to teach even though the fictional characters were starting to take the lead. We move from city to city but what do we learn from our visits? This podcast looks at one corner in Seattle and asks what it teaches us about our model of innovation, a model that is based on:
  1. Vision
  2. Iteration and Refinement
  3. Socialization
  4. Small Group Decisions
The city has a few things to teach us, though perhaps not in the way that we might expect. [16407]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail