- Iteration and Refinement
- Small Group Decisions
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:
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.” 
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.” 
This episode is a little different from our regular episodes with our regular cast. It is a short essay on Vannevar Bush, an essay about the origins of the fundamental ideas that guide how the U. S. Government deals with scientific research and scientific institutions. It is designed to give you a little deeper understanding of the relationship between science & government and to give you that understanding in just 10 minutes. 
A binge of three episodes. A binge for your workout. A binge for your commute. Or just a binge to catch up on the episodes that you missed. This binge has three episodes from the fall. In the first Don Shafer of the Athens group talks about deadlines and why software projects can run late. In the second , Rohit our overly enthusiastic IT guy, explains why Walter P Shewhart, the inventor of the cycle of continuous improvement is so important. In the last, Pierre Bourque tells us about the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge and why you should know about it, even if you don’t use it.