9 episodes

Three nerds and a business guy discussing the weekly adventures, fun, and struggle of scaling a high-tech startup. (and other loosely related matters.)

Only Way To Fail Garret Richardson, Tyler Samples, Darin Kelkhoff, James Maes

    • Entrepreneurship

Three nerds and a business guy discussing the weekly adventures, fun, and struggle of scaling a high-tech startup. (and other loosely related matters.)

    S0E8 - EOS Quarterly Planning Prep Special - I felt like the topics were too forced (just a feeling, well, a thought, rather)

    S0E8 - EOS Quarterly Planning Prep Special - I felt like the topics were too forced (just a feeling, well, a thought, rather)

    Description Our First Special - Quarterly Planning - Part 1.  Darin makes nerd noises, James is a HiPPO, Tyler forgets to show up, and Garret explains how to us all how many sides a triangle has (hint... 6?).   We go through a 20 Questions Organizational Check-In and a preview of the agenda for Planning next week.   Also - The end of an era???Show Notes 00:00:00 - Pre ShowGarret Aspires to become the 4th nerd Nothing beats a great google doc 00:01:16 - Follow-UpsYahtzee - it's a dice game (or is it?) “LT” - what does it mean? James is a “HiPPO” What the heck is the “Drama Triangle” “V” / “I” - They aren’t just letters 00:05:50 - The HeadlinesDarin Yahtzee “4” LTM No EOS around People Are 90 day plans a secret? Darin believes, “Geno” maybe believes, we’re doing EOS somewhat correctly...possibly Garret No LTM = Lost Garret Garret doesn’t “do things” anymore Commitment 8 - Living Your Zone of Genius James (all the headlines) Unexpected, impromptu clarity break (follow up next week) Vision Documents - what we still need James goes introspective on company finances (Topic 0.1 of the episode) A search for the “Win for All” (Commitment 14)00:29:11 - Organizational Checkup - Live20 Questions How do we rank Infoplus in EOS (Vision, Traction, Data, Issues, Processes, People)The EOS Checkup FormOur Infoplus Results going into Q4 202000:56:10 - Prep for Quarterly PlanningWhat does the Agenda entail Goals for our quarterly planning Fear of failing at the department level Fear of departments not aligning with company 01:07:20 - End of the Show (The Sing Out)Darin goes “sitcom” genreThe CreditsHosts, Garret Richardson, Tyler Samples, Darin Kelkhoff, and James MaesShow Notes by Garret RichardsonProofing and Title by Darin KelkhoffEditing, Mixing, and Mastering by Brenton Wainscott

    • 1 hr 9 min
    S0E7 - It has a round bottom, so you wobble back and forth (Was this a great use of my time?)

    S0E7 - It has a round bottom, so you wobble back and forth (Was this a great use of my time?)

    Description This week Darin gets us all stuck in a corner, we talk about getting a new pet swan, Garret drinks too much cheap beer, and Tyler writes a blog.  All this and more as we work through the struggles of repeatedly learning how to execute vision throughout the company.  We also spend a lot of time patting ourselves on the back for a perfect management Yahtzee game.Show Notes 00:00:00 - Pre ShowThe Standing Desk Debate (between Darin and Darin)James “Hulk lifts” his deskWho’s this guy starting the show?00:02:02 - Follow-UpsDevOps The Infoplus DefinitionThe “Literal Darin” breakdownIs Garret still in College?“To Me” vs “By Me”Black Swan EventGarret makes up a definitionDarin makes up an originJames saves us all with “the google”00:08:09 - The HeadlinesDarin:Darin has a revelation on “his” 90 day planCamden? Scissors? What the...what?Darin’s recurring “Meta” problemRounded Wobbly Standing BoardsTyler:Missed a great Engineering LTMLaunched Blog 1 - Part 1Garret:Indoctrinating new employeesNatty Light = Dragging AssJames:How / Why / When to build internal financial organizations?WHAT? People are scared of meetings with James, Darin, and maybe Garret?Falling off his “day hack” wagon and wearing a wig00:26:28 - Core Value Corner“Focus on Client Success” can lead you down unexpected paths00:28:15 - Topic 1 - WOW! LTM = Yahtzee 5James doesn’t believe it (even though he was there)Quick segue: breaking from 1 to 3 to 9 to 30 to 90 employeesBack on Topic: We want bad news, not (just) solutionsGarretEnergy + Play + IDS = 5/5TylerCame in low, left high...energyLoves the Yahtzee 5DarinHe led the meeting, but who gets the credit?Context vs Content00:42:24 - Topic 2 - Executing Vision in the CompanyTylerEye opening moment - is he even directly impacted by this?Tyler’s in the trees, Darin’s above the trees, and James is in the cloudsCan Career Plans helpGarretTies directly to his role in the companyMore Garret doesn’t mean more Garret?The ultimate game of “Telephone”DarinDarin still believes he discovered the concept of middle management (trapezoid of blank)What’s failing - Who we are? Where are we going? Both?JamesDoes 3 things at the companyFeels like 1 and 3 could be failingHow we do things is prescribed, what we do is creative00:53:56 - End of Show (The Sing Out)Darin introduces (creates?) a new (unknown) genre?00:55:18 - The After Show“David” discusses “Dave’s” money management philosophyNo such thing as good debtLive like no one else to live like no one elseThe CreditsHosts, Garret Richardson, Tyler Samples, Darin Kelkhoff, and James MaesShow Notes by Garret RichardsonProofing and Title by Darin KelkhoffEditing, Mixing, and Mastering by Brenton Wainscott

    • 1 hr 6 min
    S0E6 - What would you say that you do here? (And learning that 1 comes before 7)

    S0E6 - What would you say that you do here? (And learning that 1 comes before 7)

    Description This week we learn about FUD and Todos; Darin finds a magical mirror and becomes slightly self-reflective. Garret Hearts all the James Charms; We get into Employee Compensation, Core Values, Right People, and the Lens we use to make decisions. Then close out with some great questions and Long Answers around 15COCL, Families, and a non-answer about our listeners (hint, Meta EOS).Show Notes 00:00:00 - Pre ShowGarret talks about why he loves terrible beer.Tyler attempts to outdrink Tyrion Lannister.Darin plans his new career as a Desk Assembly Guy (DAG?).00:02:13 - Follow-UpsGetting into Todos, Pebbles, Rocks, and 7 Days.MQLs and Garret using the word Lead 17 times in 45 seconds. FUD and how to play with Head Trash.What is NPS, and how to do hard customer maths?.Very Slowly Spelling M-R-R and A-R-R.Revenue equals The "Money" coming into your company.What is a KanBan? 00:07:08 - The HeadlinesDarin only talks about himself for 5 minutes.Engineers Learning how to redefine Good, Bad, Okay, and "Really Bad".Not taking things personally while James is making people better than they want to be. Garret explains how to read a book next to his pool (he has many books, stacks of books, many leather-bound volumes) How To Be A Great BossStealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work Vectors Vectors Vectors (EO and Business, Self, and Others)00:27:41 - Employee CompensationRight People / Right Seats / Pay Them Competitively.How Employees Make More Money.Knowing what you need to accomplish to move up, even if it feels like a lot, really helps with the mindset and setting expectations.Darin throws down a line - "I have nothing additional to add here. No passion about it, no involvement in it for the company."00:47:53 - Core Values CornerFrom EOS - part of the vision component - defines who you are, what you believe inThe key aspect of culture - whether you define them or not, they exist.How "Focus on our Clients' Success" does not mean anything they wantWhat are NOT core values? Not the B******t ones. What they ARE - PolarizingWhy are so many companies too terrible at this? 00:73:53 - Questions and Long Answers?The SegueHappy Robot T-shirtsA conversation about what is metaJames Not Answering Questions (going meta instead)How some of us handle 15cocl and our shifting views on RR along with families and friends that don't subscribe. Accept It == Try To Change It == Leave It == By Me Life Tyler helps us understand how to eat a mountain with a sprint spoon.Are "Tim" and "Ari" real people, or just imaginary (like Dan Carlin's "Ben")?What about "listener Brandy?" how real is she, really?00:92:10 - End of Show (The Sing Out)Send the show to a friend, share it on your social sites, or leave us a rating or review - we appreciate all of that and can use your help to build this community."New Blogs - We've published a few new blogs there this week - about fitness for the guy what hates fitness, and some good LTM / bad LTM guides"And now I'd like to sing us out".00:94:56 - The After ShowA thoughtful interview about a watching of DS9The CreditsHosts, Garret Richardson, Tyler Samples, Darin Kelkhoff, and James MaesShow Notes by Garret RichardsonProofing and Title by Darin KelkhoffEditing, Mixing, and Mastering by Brenton Wainscott 

    • 1 hr 45 min
    S0E5 - Again, the words here are hard (and falling off a horse… again again)

    S0E5 - Again, the words here are hard (and falling off a horse… again again)

    Description Things start out weird and then get more weirder (again). Darin brings back D&D while timing tomatoes, James discovers that we are no longer just part of the pack, The team swipes left on our CEO (or is it right?), and we talk about bootstraps that cost a buck-o-five.Show Notes 00:00:00 - Pre ShowGiga Giga Track Track0:00:45 - Show Start00:01:00 - Follow Ups (It’s All Darin, All the Time)Points (Dungeons and Dragons / Role Playing Games) Even More Italian Tomatoes (for real this time) 00:06:37 - The Headlines Darin is back from vacation and falling off horses againTyler explores the age old question “Why don’t people like us?” Career Plans and 90 Day PlansPaying Customers Pay / Non-Paying Customers are…??? The search for a name for them00:18:00 - James “highjacks” The Headlines with an unofficial Topic 1Power Dynamics Three Minds Blown James’ pseudo scientific scale (i.e. James makes stuff up with a CEO voice) 00:45:00 - Topic 1 (maybe topic 2?) - The Tabloid Test7 Signs your CEO isn’t “going” for it We all grade James Scores range from “intentionally bad” to “I can’t imagine any better”01:07:07 - Questions and Long Answers? Listener Brandy is back (and is still James’ wife)Todo’s - How many chances do you get and how do you help get them done? Tears are possible.Random Listener 1 How do I take responsibility and change things when I’m not the CEO? Random Listener 2 Bootstrapping a company. What is it? $1.00 In → $1.05 Out 01:21:45 - End of the Show (The Sing Out) When things are almost TOO EPIC.This week's song is…. just listen01:23:16 - The After ShowPicture James in biker shorts (and possibly a new bike)Misc StuffNet Promoter Score (NPS)The CreditsHosts, Garret Richardson, Tyler Samples, Darin Kelkhoff, and James MaesShow Notes by Garret RichardsonProofing and Title by Darin KelkhoffEditing, Mixing, and Mastering by Brenton Wainscott

    • 1 hr 21 min
    S0E4 - A Hot Beautiful Mess (and a Cold Cup of Joe)

    S0E4 - A Hot Beautiful Mess (and a Cold Cup of Joe)

    DescriptionGarret defines what a vacation is, Darin forgets how to take a vacation and spends his entire time eating Italian tomatoes, Tyler doesn’t talk about Scrum for twenty minutes and James waxes on about drinking cold cups of coffee during WWII.  All this plus more while the team recovers from injuries earned by choosing to hit their collective heads against walls as a new form of management. This week’s show is simply a beautiful hot mess.  Welcome to the world of scaling a fast-growing high tech startup…Show Notes00:00:00 Pre Show“Jazz Hands” energy transferSlow start - restarting with guitar?!00:02:20 - Follow Ups“AWS” “Rocks and Sand”“Drifting”Secret Projects = Better Company Results“Results Pyramid”“MEeeeePS”?, Lifelines, and STD’s00:09:34 - The Headlines Darin avoids squirrelsSales to Onboarding to Interviews to Career PlansTurning burdens into opportunities (Moments of Magic)7/70/700 = “Prophet-izing” ….Foaming at the mouth00:18:45 - Hitting The WallV1 → V2 → V3Wild West to Organized to ?Tyler still sleep walkingA software product company finally starts a product departmentThe cycle of purposely breaking every department (Darin verifies that version 5 comes after version 4)We’re not smart enough for “pre-emptive optimization”Literally or figuratively hitting our heads against the wall (maybe metaphorically)James attempts a quote from Dan CarlinDarin attempts a Dan Carlin impressionDarin discovers/invents middle management (Trapezoid of Blank)00:32:59 - The CoffeeCan you imagine cold coffee being as good as or better than hot coffee?“OK” Coffee vs “Cup of Joe”James pump fakes a dynamite drop in00:34:45 - Tyler Not Talking About Scrum Is Tyler passionate about Scrum?A tool for accountability, commitment, and individual empowermentEngineers attempt to do “less work”00:43:05 - Questions and Long Answers?How to do an exceptional vacation (Garret)A different way to vacation (Darin)Getting Things DoneThe Cheese Drawer...for dogsThere are 13 pills…00:52:10 - End of the Show (The Sign Out)Doing the dishes creates the magic00:53:30 - The After ShowScratching itches with the Pomodoro techniqueThe CreditsHosts, Garret Richardson, Tyler Samples, Darin Kelkhoff, and James MaesShow Notes by Garret RichardsonProofing and Title by Darin KelkhoffEditing, Mixing, and Mastering by Brenton Wainscott 

    • 57 min
    S0E3 - Slowly Making Each of Our Lives Better More (and literally frolicking in a field of lilac)

    S0E3 - Slowly Making Each of Our Lives Better More (and literally frolicking in a field of lilac)

    DescriptionA Plumber walks into a Programmers House, Follow the Followups, Head over to the Headlines, and then dig into the ideas of a 16th Commitment (Fitness), the idea of an Annual Learning Calendar, and then our 9th Commit (Play) - Fostering Creativity in the Workplace - Having Creative Play Time. Bonus - More singing and then cheese boxes!Show Notes00:00:00 - Pre ShowDarin’s plumbing adventures - “How One Might Buy A New Sink”00:01:22 - Show Start3 nerds and a business guy00:01:35 - The Follow UpsAcronym 1 - What the heck is “IDS” Quads - (No Zone vs Win for All / Energy vs Exhaustion)Acronym 2 - “OKR” what is it and where did James find it? Listener Brandi’s feedback from E02 (may or may not be James’ wife) Acronym 3 - “EO” - Not a cult, just sharing experiences 00:24:00 - The HeadlinesDarin’s vacation update Team forgets about Garret pt.1 - (it was lavender not lilac) Ari (Director Internal Ops) keeps Tyler on track Tyler launches his blog career James experiences “joy from within” for the first time Junior members of leadership challenge James directly (how does he feel?) 00:34:45 - Topic 1 - A 16th Commitment (Fitness) and an Annual Learning CalendarJames tells us what it is and how it works? 16th Commitment Wellness Challenge (physical and mental wellbeing) James crushes a Peloton bike Tyler’s stuck in 2005 fitness technology (when iPod compatible was a selling feature)Darin “rounds up” his goals and pees more00:49:20 - Topic 2 - 9th Commitment (Life of Play)Play, Improv, Laughter - Rest, Renewal, Rhythm Tyler’s a “troll” What’s Darin’s new website about? “The other 20%” James gives birth?! CEO and CTO guilt - what and why00:59:34 - Questions and Long AnswersWhat is MEPS Quick Demonstration by the team Team forgets Garret pt.2 (proving only Garret can “do the maths”) What is a meeting segue Sharing and building trust Quick Demonstration by the team Things take an unexpected, unfiltered and serious turn Darin saves the day by giving James “approval” 01:10:25 - End of the Show (The Sing Out)We’re halfway to an OWTF soundtrack (keep an eye on the swag store) 01:11:30 - The After ShowDarin tells the origins of his 3D Printing love (and giggling in a closet)Misc StuffAdditional Links or follow up items (AWS, STRAVA)The CreditsHosts, Garret Richardson, Tyler Samples, Darin Kelkhoff, and James MaesShow Notes by Garret RichardsonProofing and Title by Darin KelkhoffEditing, Mixing, and Mastering by Brenton Wainscott 

    • 1 hr 20 min

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