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Interviews with industry experts to explore how they approach problem-solving, the methods and tools they use, career influences, and lessons learned along the way.

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Interviews with industry experts to explore how they approach problem-solving, the methods and tools they use, career influences, and lessons learned along the way.

    Elisabeth Hendrickson — Founder of Curious Duck Lab

    Elisabeth Hendrickson — Founder of Curious Duck Lab

    Elisabeth is an author and technology executive with a proven track record for growing leadership teams and shaping cultures to build innovative products at a sustainable pace. She is the Founder and CTO of Curious Duck Digital Laboratory, a company that is building a game to explore tradeoffs in software development. Sign up to be the first to play. 

    Connect with Elisabeth: Website, LinkedIn, Twitter

    Check out her books: Explore It! and There's Always a Duck.

    Episode links:

    Game Development Conference (GDC) Talks

    Gerald Weinberg, Systems Thinking

    Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt, Theory of Constraints (TOC)

    Peter Senge, Intro to Systems Thinking

    Relationship and Difference Between Greenplum and PostgreSQL

    Comparing Rails, StimulusReflex, and Hotwire

    Ruby on Rails

    • 37 min
    Tim Beattie—Global Head of Product at Red Hat

    Tim Beattie—Global Head of Product at Red Hat

    Tim Beattie is Global Head of Product and a Senior Principal Engagement Lead for Red Hat Open Innovation Labs. His career in product delivery spans 20 years as an Agile and Lean Transformation Coach.

    His new book, DevOps Culture and Practice with OpenShift features real-world practices—some people-related, some process-related, some technology-related—to facilitate successful DevOps, and in turn OpenShift, adoption within your organization. It introduces many DevOps concepts and tools to connect culture and practice through a continuous loop of discovery, pivots, and delivery underpinned by a foundation of collaboration and software engineering.

    Connect with Tim: LinkedIn, Twitter 

    Book: DevOps Culture and Practice with OpenShift

    E-book: DevOps Culture and Practice with OpenShift 

    Red Hat Open Innovation Labs

    Red Hat free e-book

    Open Source, Open Minds

    Mobius Loop

    Gabrielle Benefield, Bounded Context Ep. 9

    CI/CD continuous integration continuous delivery

    • 40 min
    Eric Cunningham — VP of Cyber Engineering and Architecture at Capital One

    Eric Cunningham — VP of Cyber Engineering and Architecture at Capital One

    Eric Cunningham bridges the divide between business and technology to design and implement solutions that enable rapid, sustainable growth for companies conducting business on a global scale. From customer-facing to back-end environments, he creates IT strategies, development roadmaps, and service architectures that support business goals and contributes to corporate value creation. When it comes to engineering and architecture, Eric embraces the power of cloud-native computing and living in a non-datacenter world.

    Ryan and Eric discuss cloud migration architecture patterns, iterative development with guardrails, engineering feedback loops, blockchain, quantum computing, serverless, batch processes, and how to establish and maintain domain expertise in the age of information.

    Connect with Eric: LinkedIn

    Episode Notes:

    Capital One Tech

    Individual Contributors and People Leaders

    Challenger Model

    Mike Eason

    Melanie Frank

    Neil DeGrasse Tyson

    Power Play, by Tim Higgins

    Conan O’Brein Needs a Friend

    • 32 min
    Chris Matts — Agile Coach, Author, Transformation Lead

    Chris Matts — Agile Coach, Author, Transformation Lead

    Chris Matts used his extensive knowledge of financial derivatives to develop an approach on how to deal with decision-making and named it real options. Unlike the "traditional" Real Options approach that is based on Black-Scholes, his approach avoids complex mathematics and focuses on the practical implications of options. His model teaches us to understand the timing of decision-making and discover new options that were never appreciated. Chris teamed up with Olav Maassen and Chris Geary to create the first business graphic novel about managing risk on projects. In the novel, the main character Rose Randall learns how to apply the real options approach to the way she manages her new project.

    He joins Ryan Shriver to discuss risk management, Real Options, how to improve decision making, key project management tools, and so much more.

    Connect with Chris: LinkedIn, Twitter, Blog, Book

    Episode Links:

    Commitment: Novel about Managing Project Risk

    Commitment Blog 

    "Real Options" Underline Agile Practices 

    Nicholas Christakis: How social networks predict epidemics

    Tony Grout

    • 44 min
    Ace Callwood — Director at Envoy

    Ace Callwood — Director at Envoy

    Ace is a listener, mediator, guide, and speaker with the ability to read an audience - in person or digitally - and draw from them their toughest questions, greatest vulnerabilities, and boldest ideas. An instinctive bridge-builder, he brings intellectual openness and deploys the most sophisticated techniques to ensure parties truly hear each other and stretch their creative minds to find innovative solutions to some of the world’s most intractable challenges.

    Ryan and Ace discuss why an elegant solution to the wrong problem is an elegant solution to the wrong problem; The Five Why’s; the anatomy of a good idea; 3 unique ideation methods: brainwriting, worst idea, other people’s shoes; product-side vs. human-side of solution testing; and control what you can control and influence the variables. Plus, Ace shares his biggest influences and lessons learned along the way. Get ready to laugh and be inspired.

    Connect with Ace: Linkedin, Website, Twitter, Message

    Episode Links:

    Envoy

    Principles of Improv Theater in Practice

    The Anatomy of a Good Idea

    Art Espey

    Cami Téllez

    Tommy Nicholas

    Justin Bullock

    Coffitivity

    Equal Sons

    Jam with Ace: Manchester Orchestra, Michigander, Little Simz, Miles Davis, Explosions in the Sky, John Coltrane

    • 52 min
    Dave Carillo — Co-Founder of The Critical Thinking Initiative

    Dave Carillo — Co-Founder of The Critical Thinking Initiative

    How do we define critical thinking? Apply it? Learn it? Can we teach students and adults how to think more critically? In Episode 27, Dave Carillo joins Ryan Shriver to answer these questions and so much more. 

    Dave is Co-Founder of one of the country’s first academic offices devoted solely to studying critical thinking and raising critical thinking outcomes. He served as the lead administrator of the Interdisciplinary Writing and Reasoning Portfolio, has been published by The Hill, and is a critical thinking subject matter expert (SME) for the U.S. military. Dave lives in West Hartford, CT with his wife and two children.

    Connect with Dave: Website, LinkedIn, Facebook, Podcast



    Episode Notes

    The Critical Thinking Initiative

    Group Dynamics, Ideating, and Brainstorming, Smarterer Podcast

    Smarterer Podcast, Dave Carillo and Steven Pearlman 

    America’s Critical Thinking Crisis: The Failure and Promise of Education, Steven Pearlman

    Relaxing train sounds

    Raw ice sounds

    Otava Yo

    Aphex Twin

    • 47 min

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