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SidePocket: Profit Driven

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They make you work.

They take your money.

They expect you to like it. 

But sometimes.  Sometimes.  There is another option.  

A chaotic trip through San Jose suggests a new strategy. 

Fourth in our re-release of the audio drama: SidePocket

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Jessie
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Narrator: Maddie, the 8 Year Old Entrepreneur
  • Debbon Ayer – Karen the Banker
  • Ron Bianchi – Rick 
  • Geoffrey Grier – Vinny 
  • Josh LaForce – Carl the VC
  • Cariad O’Brien – Molly
  • Skippy – Himself

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Big Tech: Famous Person

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Are you famous?

Fame we court.  

Fame we try to wield (before it weilds us.

But are you famous?

Not the best question to hear when you are trying to understand what is happening. 

Even if you’re not famous. 

Not famous at all.  

The eighteenth episode of the Audio Drama “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know.”  

Cast:

  • Zoe Anastassiou – Wee Sister #1
  • Debbon Ayer – Abby Alton
  • Anastasia Deloret – Wee Sister #2
  • Geoffrey Grier – Vinny 
  • Kit Kuksenok – Kowalski 
  • Skippy – Himself

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Big Tech: Act I

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They seem like such nice people.  

It’s just too bad that things didn’t quite go as planned.  

We have a young attorney advisor.

And a director of public relations .

And an mess they didn’t anticipate.  

The How We Manage Stuff audio drama tackles the issue of technology in government.  The leaders of an internet giant, Talking & Shopping, arrive in Washington in an effort to improve their public image and then immediately start taking steps to destroy it.  

They have no idea what they are doing.  None at all. 

And so they have hired consultants, the boutique group How We Manage Stuff, to help them in their perilous task.  Along the way they meet bureaucrats in love with their own voice, Congressional Aides in with political gossip, and interns in love with the mere image of leadership.  

So begins our tale.  The first seven episodes of the Audio Drama “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know.”

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor
  • Margaux Amie – Rachel D’Fino, aide to Senator Stassen; Senator Christine Stassen; Evelyne of T&S
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Faith of Beva’s Place; Waiter; Female Aide
  • Debbon Ayer – Abby Alton, CEO of T&S
  • Ron Bianchi – The Ancient One; Waiter; Bashir, the Uber Driver
  • Anastasia Deloret – Karine from the EU Office
  • Geoffrey Grier – Fitz Morris of NTIA; Vinny of HWMS
  • Kit Kusenok – Ed Kowalski, CTO of T&S
  • Josh LaForce – Sulley Bowman, Director HWMS Washington Office
  • Noah Masur – Buckley Williams of Federation for Digital Future; Male Aide
  • Jake Minevich – Victor Numerov of T&S; Chad Dockerly of Technica Publica
  • Skippy – Maggy, the Fury
  • Sarah Corbyn Woolf – Anna, once an Intern

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Big Tech: Squirrel Dog

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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

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Kaffe Logistiks: 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
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Kaffe Logistiks: 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
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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 
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We Read It So You Don’t Have To: Jugaad Innovation

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

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