Stayin' Alive in Technology

Stayin' Alive in Technology

The tech industry is great at talking about the future, especially on podcasts. What we're not so great at is taking the time to understand our past. And that's what this podcast is all about. From the Noyce and Fairchild Semiconductor generation through the founding of social media, the history of Silicon Valley has many lessons for us. And we'll be interviewing the people who lived through these experiences to bring their knowledge to you. You'll get explanations for how we got where we are, which can also suggest where the future might be; along with a few laughs and inside stories from those who lived through it. So pull up a seat and listen to the tales of the past, in which may lie seeds for our future. New Episodes twice a month on Thursdays. ... Show More
July 24, 2018 62 min

Ron Lichty joins Melinda Byerley to share stories about his time in Silicon Valley as a programmer, then a team and product manager. They talk about his instrumental role in the development of Apple’s game-changing personal computer, the Macintosh. This is only one highlight of his distinguished career that also includes three patents, several books, and recognition as a thought leader in agile methodology. Even if you aren’t a techie you will enjoy listening to Ron because if you use a computer he has probably touched your life.

 

ARTICLES AND BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
  • Ron’s book: Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams, published by Addison Wesley
  • The periodic Study of Product Team Performance, an endeavor that continuously improves our understanding of why some product teams excel while others struggle.
  • "Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love" by Richard Sheridan (Amazon)
  • About Google’s Project Aristotle: From The New York Times Magazine “What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team” Feb. 25, 2016
  • PB Works, first online Wiki by David Weekly (Wikipedia)
  • MUSICAL INSPIRATION FOR THIS EPISODE ON SPOTIFY:

    "Fixing a Hole" by The Beatles

    ABOUT THIS PODCAST

    Stayin' Alive in Tech is an oral history of Silicon Valley and technology. Melinda Byerley, the host, is a 20-year veteran of Silicon Valley; and the founder of Timeshare CMO, a digital marketing intelligence firm, based in San Francisco.

    We really appreciate your reviews, shares on social media, and your recommendations for future guests. And check out our Spotify playlist for a playlist for all the songs we refer to on our show.

     

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