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Maddie Redux – Lessons from the 8 year old entrepreneur

hwms.coverart A second series about the character Maddie, the eight year old entrepreneur. It starts with her appeal to FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen, ends with her her Public Service Message for Computer Science Education Week. In between, she introduces us to her start up Embisivle Frien’and shows the character you need to fire an employee. [17192] Cast:

Vinny the CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Maddie the 8 year old: Zoe Anastassiou

Anna-the-Intern: Sarah Corbyn Woolf

Rohit from IT: Noah Masur

Sullivan from PR: Josh LaForce

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Bits & People

hwms.coverart It’s like a blind date. Only worse. With a date you have the presence of hope shackled only by the vaguest of required qualifications. But like a date, a tech company staff has to be created today with the changing future ever in mind. And the results are not always pretty. Maddie is hiring the staff for her startup with Vinny receiving, but not approving, her ideas. Steps are tentative. Plans are in process. Perhaps the worse part of it is that she is trying to launch a new service and isn’t completely clear about how that service will organize her customers – or her community, if you wish to take an idealist view of things. In the process, Maddie has to face her old nemesis and ask “How does a real CEO behave?” [17145] Cast:

Maddie: Zoe Anastasiou

Penelope Othmar, Principal: Debbon Ayer

Vinny the CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Evelyn the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Sean with a Resume: Margaux Amie

Sullivan from PR: Josh LaForce

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The Agile Board

hwms.coverart Agility begins at home. Or more to the point, it begins with the board. Too often, companies are organized conventionally and then the CEO tries to make the Agile by applying various tricks and procedures. As Vinny argues in today’s episode, you really need to start at the top, think of the company as a whole, and start by understanding the claims and obligations of all parties. It is a little crazy, we do admit, to build a company for an 8-year-old Entrepreneur. But it is not crazy to ask how your CEO will grow into the leadership demands of the organization. [17135] Cast:

Evelyn-the-Business-Manager: Margaux Amie

Sully-from-Poliy & PR: Josh LaForce

Vinny-the-CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Penelope-the-Principal: Debbon Ayer

Maddie-the-8-year-old-Entrepreneur: Zoe Anastassiou

Delores Payne-Perkins: Margaux Amie

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Never to Young to be an Entrepreneur

hwms.coverart An unusual CTO and a New Entrepreneur. What will they be doing this spring? Exploring the problems of technology and governance. However for the moment, we give you a quick introduction into the cast members behind Vinny & Maddie [17020]  Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Lessons for the CEO the the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School for Disruptive Innovation

hwms.coverart Maddie, the CEO of Embisivle Frien’ faces the dark moment of the company and asks “What does it mean to be CEO?” What does it mean to make the toughest decision for a leader? Vinny, her mentor, arrives to support her in the hour of need and helps her demonstrate a key trait of leadership.  Cast:
  • Geoffrey Grier
  • Zoe Anastassiou
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Why do we Stand & Why do we Scrum? (Series I)

hwms.coverart We stand at our morning meeting and listen to a guy named a scrum master. What do these things tell us about organizations? And what do they tell us about technology? (Perhaps that it has much in common with more humble work?) A sketch of our morning standup meeting and an introduction not our new Master Scrummaster, Bix Featuring:
  • Geoffrey Grier as Vinny the CTO
  • Josh La Force as Sulley from PR
  • Margaux Amie as Evelyn the Business Manager
  • Noah Masur as Rohit from IT
  • Sarah Corbyn Woolf as Anna-the-Intern
havens-headshot   Introducing John C Havens as Bix the Master Scrum Master [16440]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