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How Not To [Suck] At Consulting: Act 3

hwms.coverart A bad decision. A confrontational meeting. Perhaps the worst first date ever, though one participant (and perhaps both) will deny that it was, is, or should ever be considered a date. A niece coming from a conference on Electronic Dance Music. Consulting gets tricky when you set it in context.  You’ve done the plans.  You know the requirements.  You’re ready to start writing your report.  And yet, you continue to find things that you don’t understand. Consulting is about control – or at least determining what you can control and trying to find a way that you can ignore the rest. And what is the proper business dress for a rising music producer? The third 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
  • Arndt, Rohit –  Noah Masur
  • Klara, Florian’s Niece – Sahara Ale
  • Florian Bohne  – Josh LaForce
  • Peter, Fritz-Bernard – Ron Bianchi
  • Sonja Pfeiffer, Ida – Debbon Ayer
  • Vinny – Geoffrey Grier
  • Victor of BKL, Max  – Jake Minevich
  • Leena, Florian’s other Niece – Zoe Anastassiou 
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How Not to [Suck] at Consulting: Act 2

hwms.coverart Can things be going well when you have to schedule a meeting with your attorney and her baby? The team is gathering data, observing the client, makings and learning that there are a lot of things that it doesn’t know. For example, who are the important people that need to be include? Why is the CEO still in Switzerland? And why is Henry Kissinger on the audio drama? The second 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
  • Rohit –  Noah Masur
  • Aravinda, the attorney – Sahara Ale
  • Florian Bohne  – Josh LaForce
  • Peter, Jurgen, Henry Kissinger – Ron Bianchi
  • Sonja Pfeiffer, Ida – Debbon Ayer
  • Vinny – Geoffrey Grier
  • Max  – Jake Minevich
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The Prologue: How Not to [Suck] at Consulting

hwms.coverart Outside Tech meets Inside Politics. That’s the story. If you understand what it means, you can quit right here. But you’ll miss the story.  And the lesson. With this episode, we start the complete presentation of our recent series on tech consulting.  Two hours of drama in five easy episodes. There’s something for everyone.  Good plot.  A few jokes.  Interesting characters.  Goats, always a welcome addition.  And a lesson, a lesson of our time: the lesson of what happens when outside tech meets in inside politics. The preliminary episodes in which we set our stage. Cast:
  • Kit, Director of Consulting – Kit Kuksenok
  • Evelyn, the Business Manager – Margaux Amie 
  • Herself –  Debbon Ayer
  • Himself  – Josh LaForce
  • Chuck, friend of Zippy  – Ron Bianchi
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Following the Trail

hwms.coverart It never ends well. It really can’t There is an organization to renew. There are new tasks, new demands, new technology to install, new procedures to develop. So what do you get when a tech consulting job ends?  You’re supposed to get a new company, but perhaps all you get is a trail of beans. The concluding episode in a series on the ins and outs of tech consulting. Cast:
  • Kit, Director of Consulting – Kit Kuksenok
  • Evelyn, the Business Manager – Margaux Amie 
  • Ida, Friend of Florian   – Debbon Ayer
  • Peter, Friend of Florian  – Ron Bianchi
  • Sonja, BKL Operations Manager  – Debbon Ayer
  • Leena, Niece of Florian and BKL Director – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Victor – Jake Minevich
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Keeping the Noise Down

hwms.coverart If they wanted the same thing, then the decision would be easy. But they don’t. So it isn’t. Our drama probes the decision making process in this episode.  It uncovers two, maybe three, sharp disagreements.  A split in the family.  An employee with her own agenda.  A consultant trying to do his best and to control the noise of the discussion. Eighth 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
  • Leena, niece of owner of BKL – Zoe Anastassiou 
  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur
  • Fritz-Bernard from GCL  – Ron Bianchi
  • Victor, from BKL – Jake Minevich
  • Arndt from Coffee Logistics – Noah Masur
  • Sonja, manager of BKL  – Debbon Ayer
  • Anna the Intern  – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
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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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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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You Really Want to Be a Consultant?

hwms.coverart You’ve posted your qualifications, got yourself a business license and are ready to start a new career as an independent tech consultant.   What makes you think that you will succeed in a field where others have, well, not succeeded? This fall, we’re going to start a series that follows the crack How We Manage Stuff cast as they undertake an international  consulting job in Northern Germany.  You get a chance to see what works (and what doesn’t) without exposing your own reputation to ridicule. In this episode, we give you a preview of what the series will bring. Cast:
  • Evelyne, the Business Manager  – Margaux Amie
  • Kit – Kit Kuksenok
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