Tag Archives: management

Squirrel Dog

hwms.coverart

You’d think they’d be on the same side.

Wouldn’t that be obvious?

But the CTO has arrived in Washington and things that he should be the center, the center of attention.  

But that was never the plan.

And not only will he have to convince his boss, he’s going to have to convince her Wolfhound, Maggy the Fury.

And you’d think they’d be on the same side.  

 

The senior leadership of the  Internet firm Talking and Shopping starts to encounter the politics of Washington DC.   

Sixth episode in the new series begins “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know” from the audio drama “How We Manage Stuff.”

 

Cast:

  • Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor – Sahara Ale
  • Ed Kowalski, CTO of Talking and Shopping – Kit Kuksenok
  • Victor, Assistant to Abby Alton – Jake Minevich
  • Abbe Alton, CEO of T&S – Debbon Ayer
  • Maggie, the Fury – Skippy

[19127]

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

The Fatal Mistake

hwms.coverart When do they make the mistake? When do they make a decision that limits – radically limits – options? Our consulting team is working on a project that is only stumbling forward in the best of light.  So what has happened, we ask.  Has someone made a mistake? Has our team done something wrong?  Has the client chosen the wrong strategy?  Have the managers failed to support the work?  Any one of these might constitute the “Fatal Mistake.” Seventh episode in a series on the ins and outs of tech consulting. Cast:
  • Evelyn, The Business Manager – Margaux Amie
  • Kit, Director of Consulting – Kit Kuksenok
  • Florian, owner of BKL – Josh LaForce
  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur
  • Vinny, the CTO – Geoffrey Grier
  • Victor, from BKL – Jake Minevich
  • Sonja, manager of BKL  – Debbon Ayer
  • Anna the Intern  – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
[18340]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Why did you do it this way?

hwms.coverart A business owner. A group of good friends. And an underlying controversy that simply won’t go away. Florian Bohne, the owner of Bohne Coffee Logistics is holding a party in the Swiss Alps while his friends believe that he should be back with his company. So we have a fight, a disagreement among friends.  Yet it is a disagreement that seems to be about one thing – how Florian is dealing with consultants – while it is really about something deeper, more profound. Sixth episode in a series on the ins and outs of tech consulting. Cast:
  • Evelyn, The Business Manager – Margaux Amie
  • Florian, owner of BKL – Josh LaForce
  • Max, friend of Florian – Jake Minevich
  • Peter, friend of Florian – Ron Bianchi
  • Ida, friend of Florian  – Debbon Ayer
  • Sonja, manager of BKL  – Debbon Ayer
  • Leena “Münchkin”  – Zoe Anastassiou
[18337]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

The Scrum Master and the Sous Chef

hwms.coverart   Can  Scrum Masters learn something from Sous Chefs?  Or Sous Chefs from Scrum Masters?  Both represent a kind of job that is being overlooked in this age.  Skilled.  Managerial.  Professional.  Disciplined.  Yet not quite academic.    Our Master Scrum Master, Bix, and the Sous Chef from Washington’s Green Rice and Natto talk about their respective jobs and ultimately get sidetracked by the roasted Sweet Potatoes. Cast:
  • Bix the Master Scrum Master – Ron Bianchi
  • Christine the Sous Chef – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur
  • Himself – Kit Kuksenok 
[17355]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

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
[17710]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

17205: Governance, Innovation & Story of a Kid

hwms.coverart Evelyn the Business Manager and Rohit from IT preview the upcoming season of the Podcast, How We Manage Stuff. Well, that is what is supposed to happen. Rohit gets obsessed with Googling the phrase “My Bad” and things start to fall apart after that. Yet, in spite of a nasty text, the pair tell you about the stories and ideas for the next episodes of the podcast. [17205] Cast:

Evelyn the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Rohit from IT: Noah Masur

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

17122: Jugaad Innovation – We Read It So You Don’t Have To

hwms.coverart We Read It So You Don’t Have To. We regularly look at new books on technology or organization. Today, we look at an Indian book on Jugaad Innovation and ask “How is it really different from an American book?” Jameela, our Bangalore Office Manager, as always, has ideas. Lots of ideas. [17122] Cast:

Jameela from Bangalore: Sonam Powar

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

17130: The Overhire & The Young Tech Employee

hwms.coverart What do your young tech employees think about their organization? Especially those that are still learning about organizations and how they operate? We know that they have trouble putting their ideas into words and that they often talk about their concerns in an oblique way. (Though we all do that to some extent.) We also know that they are particularly sensitive to overhire, to a new supervisor that restricts their freedom. This episode explores some of those issues, through the eyes of Rohit, our IT Guy. Rohit has recently realized that the newly hired Bix-the-Scrum-Master is actually his boss. [17130] Cast:

Rohit-from-IT:  Noah Masur

Evelyn-the-Business-Manager: Margaux Amie

Sully-from-Poliy & PR: Josh LaForce

Zack-the-friend-of-Rohit:  Josh LaForce

Jenny-the-friend-of-Anna: Debbon Ayer

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail