Killer Innovations Podcast

Looking around on iTunes this morning for some business podcasts to listen to I came across the Killer Innovations podcast put on by Phil McKinney.

I’ve only listened to a couple of episodes today during the commute, but overall I’m really liking it a lot. The episodes I’ve heard have given some pretty good information on how to build an innovation culture, coming up with financial metrics for innovations, and things like that. I still have quite a ways to go to get through all the episodes, but if your looking for a good business podcast and are being asked to provide new ‘innovation’ by your boss and don’t know where to start, this is it.

Bieber Labs on iTunes

Bieber Labs on iTunes

Photo by rbieber

Look Ma, I’m on iTunes!

My brother commented on the last post congratulating me for being on iTunes. I gotta admit, that’s kind of cool.

Wow, first the PSP, now iTunes. Whats next???

For the record, checking the server logs today I’ve received a whopping four downloads of the first episode that can be attributed to iTunes.

I think that makes an overall total of four. 😉

The Gillmor Gang – Another Example of High Value Podcasting

Over the last week or so I’ve started listening to a podcast called the Gillmor Gang over on ITConversations. I’m getting a ton of value out of it and figured I would make a quick mention of it here.

The two episodes I’ve listened to so far are the January 21 episode, in which the Gang talks about RSS and blogging, and the February 4, 2005 episode on which Dan Bricklin is the guest and the gang talks about innovation.

Both podcasts were quite interesting and explain 4-5 very different views on the technology discussed. The really nice part about this podcast compared to other tech podcasts is the fact that each of the participants are long time members of the technical landscape, including Steve Gillmor, contributing editor at ZDNet, Doc Searls, senior editor at Linux Journal, Jon Udell, lead analyst, InfoWorld Test Center, and Dana Gardner, senior analyst at the Yankee Group.

The podcast format is these four guys (and one guest) on the phone just talking about the trends they see upcoming in the industry as related to the show topic.

This show is just one of many that I am finding valuable. I am more and more amazed with the concept of podcasting in general with each new show I find. Over the years, I have been extremely current on some technology while, since I work for a large corporation, I have not quite had the time to keep up on many of the trends going on. Mostly I rely on my people to give me a heads up to something (and to communicate it in such a way that I think it is important enough to spend time on). Consequently, there have been a lot of things I haven’t been able to keep up on in the last couple of years.

The quality of podcasts from an information standpoint that I have come across are outstanding. The time shifted nature of the medium allows me to listen to the content when I have time, during an hour+ commute to work. If a show is longer than my commute — no problem. I turn off the iPod and when I get back in the car and plug it in, its right where I left off in the show. If something is referred to in a previous episode — no problem. They are all available for me to go back and download. This is an area in which mass media radio just doesn’t give me the same value.

There are quite a few podcasts that I have been turned on to over the past few months that have given me much needed perspective shifts. One of them is the Gillmor Gang. For overviews of things going on in the news, I like GeekNewsCentral. For software development related information, I’m really enjoying the DrunkAndRetired podcast.

Each one of these I have had referred to me by someone in the blogosphere, by people I don’t even know. What a great world we live in nowadays!

When I first received this little white box for fathers day in June, my mind raced with the possibilities of not having a bazillion Cd’s in my car. I had no idea how much a little device could open up the world to information on my terms – when I had the time to listen. As it stands right now, I rarely listen to the music I spent a whole weekend ripping off of my CD collection.

Clayton Christensen – Capturing the Upside

Yesterday during my commute I listened to a presentation that Clayton Christensen did at the 2004 Open Source Business Conference called Open Source: Capturing the Upside While Avoiding the Downside that was published at ITConversations. Its basically a two hour presentation on the theories published in his books The Innovator’s Dilemma and The Innovator’s Solution, which attempts to explain why at a certain point in a companies life, good management can tank the company and how managers can continue creating growth companies by using the theory of disruption to figure out their strategies.

The first book goes into great detail into explaining his theory of “disruption”, using the floppy disk drive industry, PC industry, and steel industry for concrete examples of disruptive technologies and the conditions in which these technologies are introduced so that they can begin to take a market while not being noticed or cared about by the incumbents in the market.

The books are fascinating, and the keynote mentioned above is an excellent 2 hour audio primer on the content of the books. I was riveted to the presentation in the car as Christensen presents, in very simple yet effective terms, his theory and provides examples of situations in which the theory has applied.

An added bonus in the two hour presentation, since it is at an open source convention, is the explanation of how open source fits into the model of disruption, with contributions from people such as Tim O’Reilly and one employee from MySQL.

The most interesting thing I got out of this presentation was the explanation of commodization and decommodization, as it is explained in terms that I finally get. I had a hard time with these areas in the book, which could be because I was attempting to read multiple books at the same time, or just that I didn’t get it in print. The explanation of these concepts made complete sense as they were explained verbally and I found this section quite enlightening, especially when applying them to things I am seeing in certain areas around my professional life.

I would highly recommend that those in management, especially those responsible for defining strategy for the organization, grab this podcast and give it a listen. The concepts involved are quite interesting and general enough that you can apply them to your professional life. This was probably the most beneficial two hours I’ve spent commuting to work. The content was good enough that I did not even mind the drive.

Adam Curry Discussion on ITConversations

A friend of mine pointed me over to ITConversations as a source for good tech podcasts. The first one I downloaded was the 90 minute interview with Adam Curry about the origins and possible future of podcasting. I found the whole conversation really interesting. I especially enjoyed his explanation of the role that is being filled by the Podsafe Music Network as essentially an implementation of the current processes used in the radio industry.

Today I’ve grabbed two additional podcasts to listen to on the way to and from work from this site. The first, an interview with Clayton Christensen (author of The Innovator’s Dilemma) called Capturing the Upside and following that, a panel discussion on Folksonomies.

Have I mentioned how nice it is to have commercial free programming to listen to on the way to work that is tailored to my tastes? I haven’t listened to the radio in weeks.

The Drunk and Retired Podcast

Ed Gibbs, who runs the Musings of a Software Development Manager blog, recommended a podcast called Drunk and Retired, put on by two 10 year veterans of software development, Charles and Cote.

I’ve downloaded a few of the podcasts and spent this morning listening to the first two episodes, The Life Agile Parts One and Two. The podcast is pretty interesting. Charles spent some time over at ThoughtWorks and the first two episodes focus primarily on Agile Programming practices, including Test Driven Development, Scripting Languages, and XP and Scrum.

It’s kind of nice to find a podcast in which two regular guys who seem to know what they are talking about sit down over a couple of drinks, tell war stories and give opinions on different software development concepts and methodologies. I’m finding the podcast, so far, to be really interesting.

I’m currently listening to episode eight, which is titled “Learning From Open Source” in which Cote and Charles discuss the effect that Open Source software processes could have on commercial software development, a subject that I have been interested in for the last few years. This is one that I may create a follow up post about to summarize the points, as right now there seems to be a lot of interesting points here.

Check it out if you have some time to kill during your commute.