Saying “No”: How to Talk About Difficult Things (Series I)

hwms.coverart It is so much easier to manage fictional characters than real people.  And for a time, we asked if there were lessons that the fictional world could teach the real one.  Or perhaps it was the other way around. It is not enough to make good technology. You have to talk about it. You have to talk about it when it is good and when it is bad. The first is easy, to a point. The second is hard. How do you tell someone that their ideas are not working, that their plans have failed, that their vision of the world is incorrect? Evelyn and Sully give their lesson on the subject.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Maddie and a vision of Grace Hopper (Series I)

hwms.coverart Visions don’t always work as we like. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the largest regular tech conference for Women in the World. Our 8-year-old entrepreneur has visions of attending and showing Screen Shot 2016-10-17 at 11.46.23 AMher new startup to a receptive world. We also discuss the challenges of building a good vision, one that guides your organization and actually makes sense. [16415]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

The Vision Thing (Series I)

hwms.coverart Maddie.  Maddie the 8 year old entrepreneur from the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School for Disruptive Innovation.  Once she gets involved, our path is set.  So we continue to move towards the land of audio drama What is Vision? Business or Organizational Vision? Is just a fantasy? or a vague idea based on unproven technology? It is actually a very specific and useful concept, if you understand it. A clear vision can help you plan for the future, manage what you are doing, and assess your project. However, before you can do any of those things, you need to understand the basic elements. To our 8-year old entrepreneur, vision is a computer controlled still cutter, but she is still learning her way. [16410]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Learning from Seattle Series I)

hwms.coverart Didactic.  That was the challenge with the early series.  We felt that we needed to teach even though the fictional characters were starting to take the lead. We move from city to city but what do we learn from our visits? This podcast looks at one corner in Seattle and asks what it teaches us about our model of innovation, a model that is based on:
  1. Vision
  2. Iteration and Refinement
  3. Socialization
  4. Small Group Decisions
The city has a few things to teach us, though perhaps not in the way that we might expect. [16407]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Don’t you bring me no Bad News: How to Talk about Difficulty Topics

hwms.coverart We all have to bear bad news. It is what we have to do. Tell your box that he is wrong, your neighbor that she is disturbing the piece, your employee that he is fired. How do you do it? How Do you do it other than starting with the horribly awkward “I don’t bring bad news but…” Our cast members Evelyne and Sulley explore this question and propose an answer, an answer that comes following a bit of a skirmish in this new series that is part of “How We Manage Stuff.” [16915]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Moving to Seattle (Series I)

hwms.coverart We didn’t move to Seattle.  We thought it would be cute to set s series there.  Office in a houseboat.  A houseboat with a basement.  Slugs.  Techies everywhere. This fall, the podcast moves to Seattle. Such moves keep us flexible, agile, ready to face any task. Well, perhaps any task. There is this problem with slugs. However, we’re in Seattle to consider the attributes of an innovative organization. In the process, we’re looking at four attributes: Vision, Refinement, Socialization, and Decision-making. But to do that, we have to settle into our office. A local property manager is some help (though not much) and our hardworking intern puts down her box of material to deliver the lyrical speech “Rohit that Slug had a mother.” [16405]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

What Happens When the Bosses Are Gone? (Series I)

hwms.coverart The podcast producers still believe that they are making a serious contribution to the real world but the reality of our work is starting to appear.  Drama trumps the real world.  A good story is better than a bad truth.  And so the cast takes over the podcast. We know the answer to the question that this episode poses.   You know the answer to it. You wouldn’t be looking at this page if you didn’t. The only questions are “How will the staff get themselves out of this mess?” and “How embarrassing will it be for them?” [16335]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Anna appeals to Elon Musk

errant.coverart Here’s the trouble with real people.  They don’t don’t write, they don’t call, they just aren’t reliable.  Anna the Intern made an appeal  to Elon Musk early in our run. Did she get a reply?  You tell me. Real people! Anna wants to be a player. She hopes to be a technology media mogul. For her next step, she hopes to host the next binge episode, though she has already hosted two, one on December 22 and the next on December 29. To achieve that goal, she has made an appeal to Elon Musk, though this appeal is also an apology for a slight she fears that she may have made. [16115]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail