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How Not to [Suck] at Consulting: Act I

hwms.coverart We arrive in Hamburg. Port City.  International City. World Headquarters of Coffee Logistics. Things start poorly for the team.  They are tired.  One of there number is perhaps a little drunk.  There are some extra requirements and a dynamic that doesn’t make sense. The operations manager seems to have an unusual control over affairs and the boss. The boss? He’s in Switzerland. And with that, the story begins. The first act of our story on technology consulting. Cast:
  • Kit, Director of Consulting – Kit Kuksenok
  • Evelyn, the Business Manager – Margaux Amie 
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Direk, Rohit –  Noah Masur
  • Florian Bohne  – Josh LaForce
  • Sonja Pfeiffer, Ida – Debbon Ayer
  • Vinny – Geoffrey Grier
  • Max  – Jake Minevich
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Confront and Advise

hwms.coverart “Complicated” You don’t talk.  It’s “complicated.” You don’t act.  It’s “complicated.” You don’t know what to do.  It’s… You can see the pattern. Our consulting at BKL Coffee Logistics has been strained.  This owner had this grad idea to start the job and then vanish to a retreat in the Swiss Alps.  He wanted to keep out of the way, he said.  He wanted to let things take their course. He may have had a plan. He may have been improvising. He may have been frightened. But today, a brave niece tries to get an honest conversation started.  A niece who has a career that is only vaguely related to coffee. Ninth episode in a series on the ins and outs of tech consulting. Cast:
  • Kit, Director of Consulting – Kit Kuksenok
  • Klara, niece of owner of BKL – Sahara Ale 
  • Peter, Friend of Florian  – Ron Bianchi
  • Florian Bohne, Owner BKL – Josh LaForce
  • Ida, Friend of Florian  – Debbon Ayer
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Gathering Data

hwms.coverartConsulting.  You’re just giving your opinion.  That’s it.  Nothing more. Now, in theory, that opinion is worth something on the open market.  It’s worth something for two reasons.  First, you have some special training or knowledge.  Second, you have data.  Data about what is happening. And there’s the rub.  In the modern day and age, we collect ever bit of data we can and call it good.  Yet.  Yet.  Yet.  Data can mislead.  It can make you believe you know something when you don’t It can confuse when it should inform.  Therefore, we need to know something about gathering data scientifically Fifth episode in a series on the ins and outs of tech consulting. Cast:
  • Kit, Chief Consultant  – Kit Kuksenok
  • Evelyn, The Business Manager – Margaux Amie
  • Victor, the Dispatcher – Jake Minevich
  • Jurgen, driver – Ron Bianchi
  • Anna the intern  – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Rohit, from IT – Noah Masur
  • Henry Kissinger – Ron Bianchi
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A Series on Consulting? As a Podcast?

hwms.coverart   The heart of the matter. Do don’t know what it is until you’ve done it. You don’t understand why it is hard, until you’ve done it internationally. The crack cast of How We Manage Stuff prepares to depart for Germany. At one level, the problem is simple. A small German logistics firm needs some help. It’s a drama of course. But dramas are good at the exposing the heart of the matter. Almost as good as doing it yourself. Cast:
  • Chuck  – Ron Bianchi
  • Debbon Ayer  – Herself
  • Josh LaForce – Himself
  • Ziggy – Skippy
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