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17710: Manage for Profit, or for Use, or for a Good Lunch

hwms.coverart What’s the best way to manage technology? Build a strong, highly structured organization? Or do you just build a market and let the laws of supply and demand decide? Our staff meets at a farmer’s market near the Washington Office to decide just such questions.  The answer, it turns out, involves Task Rabbits, a subway pass, and an order of Home-Made Potato Chips Featuring:
    • Debbon Ayer as Penelope Othmar, Principal of the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School
    • Josh LaForce as Sullivan from Policy and PR
    • Ron Bianchi as Bix, the Master Scrum Master
    • Zoe Anastassiou as the impatient Customer
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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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17330: Big Data in Bangalore

hwms.coverart Bangalore. Bengaluru. India’s High Tech Capital. If you’re gong to be a global podcast, you have to have an office somewhere near MG Road. The How We Manage Stuff team arrives in Bangalore – well most of it arrives in Bangalore – to find a place to work and to build a practice based on Big Data. 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 Bix, the Scrum Master
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17300: Technology and Organization and the Season Ahead

hwms.coverart What is next? As our cast rests on the How We Manage Stuff yacht in Puget Sound, it ponders the future and describes some of the story lines for the next season. As always, our goal is to teach lessons that are easy to discuss but hard to live. Hence, we will be looking at issues involving artificial intelligence, Agile software development, startup governance, and big data. We will open our new office in India, and start the discussion of the side effects of smart machines. The podcast How We Manage Stuff is grateful for the support and generosity of the United States Navy and the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. No actual nuclear submarines were harmed in the production of this episode. Featuring:
  • Josh LaForce as Sulley, head of Policy
  • Margaux Amie as Evelyn the Business Manager
  • Zoe Anastassiou as Maddie the 8-Year-Old Entrepreneur
  • Mr. Skippy as himself
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17225: Programs, Expertise and Cooking

hwms.coverart Is programming a skill unique to itself or can we learn some fundamental lessons from other fields. Cooking perhaps. In this episode, the podcast goes to one of its favorite restaurants – Washington DC’s Green Rice and Natto – to create an episode that looks at the different kinds of skills you need as a programmer. We also learn about the Pepperoni Bento Box, which seems to be a unique blend of cuisines. [17225] Cast:

Katje Kuksenok: Herself

Rohit from IT:Noah Masur

Felipe, the cook:Josh LaForce

Christine the Sous Chef:Zoe Anastassiou

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17230: Knowledge Engineered Boyfriend

hwms.coverart So what’s so bad about Knowledge Engineering? You’re just systematizing what your company knows. Just trying to bring some order to the chaos of the corporate world. However, it always requires a compromise. Squeezing a 7 and a half foot into a 6 and a half Louboutin, as Anna would say. In no situation are the problems of the knowledge engineered boyfriend. To ask the question of the ages, it is better to be a 70% with a 20% probability or a 20% boyfriend with a 70% probability. [17230] Cast:

Evelyn the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Rohit from IT: Noah Masur

Anna-the Intern:Sarah Corbyn Woolf

Cian-the-Consultant: Josh LaForce

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17910: Position, Function, Status – How Technology Changers Our Lives

hwms.coverart We Read It So You Don’t Have to. There is so much new information published every day that one person can’t possible read it all much less get any perspective on it. Take Automation, Autonomous Cars, Machine Learning. All of these technologies pose new challenges to the organization and at the same time, they represent forces that are quite old. In this episode, we take a look at a new book on these topics, Industry 4.0, and an old one Automation. [17910] Cast:

Sullivan from the Policy Office & Cohost: Josh LaForce

Evelyn the Business Manager & Cohost: Margaux Amie

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17218: Cybercastles & Cyberdefense

hwms.coverart We think about the future in terms of the past. Star Wars, after all, takes place a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. When we think about cyberdefense, we find that we are still think in terms of the static defense of physical infrastructure. We try to defend mobile data with references to earth and stone works from the 8th century. Our Intern, Anna, attempts to explain the basic model of cyber defense as a metaphor of castle defense.  Her description, though completely accurate in argument, has a few errors of fact, errors which should make us rethink how we use metaphor to describe cyberspace. [17218] Cast:

Anna The Intern: Sarah Corbyn Woolf

Evelyn the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Sullivan from Policy: Josh LaForce

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