Wednesday, October 25, 2017

AppsJack Group to Change World in 2018

It was a nice Fall day and the biggest and best turnout to date happened for the AppsJack group last night at Big Fish Grill in Kirkland.

Alan Andersen, Andrew Sengul, Berry Zimmerman, Christian Harris, Dominic Wong, Dr. Tom Louwers, Ele Munjeli, Eric Veal, Jean Bishop, Jehan Bharucha, Kifaya Dawud, Mark Mueller-Eberstein, Megan Gaiser, Thomas Mercer, Mike Dodd, Reba Haas, David Slight, Sriram Sabesan, Steve Kubacki, Susan Stringer, Richard Webb
 Here was our agenda for the evening:

  • Retrospective and feedback
    • Success stories and new relationships from the group
    • Best parts
    • Worst parts
    • Things to change
    • Competition - what takes you away from it?
  • Purpose and identity - who are we and why are we here, what's our name?
  • Schedule and frequency, meeting types and formats, size of meetings
  • 2018 Topics
  • Ongoing relationship to APQC?
  • Organizers / board
  • Expansion, scope, milestones, organization
  • Fees
  • Partnerships, sponsorship, affiliations
  • Podcast
  • Subgroups and committees
  • Technology, tools and online presence
  • Venues, Seattle

Here are the main action items and to do's from the meeting:

  • Plan in detail
  • Change name
  • Remove cap of # attendees
  • Postpone start by one hour
  • Change topics from APQC to BDN + Robots + Humans in 2018
  • Get owners/hosts/leads for each 2018 meeting 
  • Look into online tech that would help
  • Book reviews
  • Pre-reading and recommendations
  • More detailed profiles for each member - stickers or badges based on the APQC model
  • Patreon platform for contributions
  • E2B as sponsor?
  • Consider and help each other develop what "product" each of us is creating
  • Opportunities to share stories and successes annually - a gala
  • Leverage what is unique and beneficial about Seattle over other tech hubs like Silicon Valley - be unique, different and stand out.  We are practical and not Hollywood.  We are loggers and fishermen.

And here are detailed notes, outcomes and decisions from the meeting.  Join us at a gathering soon!
  • Retrospective and feedback
    • Lots of good feedback here.  People were here for:
      • "High level thinking"
      • Diversity of opinions and perspectives (learning)
      • Academic, experienced and educated tone
      • Consistent high quality
      • Stimulation
      • Idea sharing
      • Cross-domain thinking and experiences, feedback and ideas
      • Random networking
      • Stories and experiences are illuminating
    • Successes people have had
      • Steve and Andrew met through the group and are collaborating
      • Christian has met a ton of new people through it
      • Thomas met Bruce Follansbee who has opened many doors
  • Purpose and identity - who are we and why are we here, what's our name?
    • Brainstorm on names, taglines and descriptions
      • Descriptions and Taglines
        • Thought provoking
        • "It's all connected"
        • Making Meaning and Money
      • Names
        • Think tank
        • "Talk Tank"
        • "Food for Thought"
        • Talk, Inc.
        • Rethinking business
        • Humanist Technology
        • Making Business Human
        • Saving Business
        • Business Humanity²
        • Human Tank
        • Business Reconnected
        • Business & People Reconnected
        • H2H: Human to Human
        • Unf*ck Business
        • Human-Centered Business
        • Business Renaissance: Unf*cking Business - This was the most popular (or at least the funniest).  We will continue to think about the best name.
  • Schedule and frequency, meeting types and formats, size of meetings
    • 4th Tuesdays will continue
    • 5 PM official start preferred but people welcome to show up earlier
    • No limit on number of guests
    • "Owners" / organizers for each meeting - sign up sheet
  • 2018 Topics and themes
    • Ele: "The automation apocalypse"
    • AI vs. Automation
    • Robot-Human Interface
    • Steve offered this three-pronged approach:
      • Economics
      • Business
      • Praxix / Products (concrete)
    • Zodiac signs - Andrew Sengul
    • The BDN model with David Slight: Drivers, Objectives, Benefits, Changes, Capabilities, Enablers and then switch between the tech/robot perspective and the human perspective.  
  • Ongoing relationship to APQC?
    • Nothing will be overt.  Could come up again here and there but it's over for now.  RIP APQC!
  • Organizers / board
    • Not needed.  Tap individuals as needed.  Build small, focused teams as needed.  Keep organic.
  • Expansion, scope, milestones, organization
    • Happy to keep it as an Eastside only event for now.
    • Eric will talk to Michael Dodd and the Product Camp people about expansion of a group in Seattle.
  • Fees
    • Keep it free / optional.
    • Can charge through meetup.  Runs the risk of turning people away; traction is preferred to profit.
    • Some guests are willing to contribute capital.
  • Partnerships, sponsorship, affiliations
    • Keep this standalone for now to maximize flexibility.
  • Podcast
    • Yes, the podcast is good.  Keep it tied to the meetup on the same schedule.  Add 1:1 podcasting capability through Janis' Machala or Josh Golden's contacts.
  • Subgroups and committees
    • No need for this right now.  Will form as necessary.
    • Technology subgroup: Ele, Andrew, Eric
  • Technology, tools and online presence
    • No agreement here.
    • An online discussion forum could be good.
    • Will talk with Andrew and Ele to decide on a direction.
  • Venues, Seattle
    • Big Fish Grill fine for now.
    • Reba and Berry may have some functional options if we want to switch it up.

Monday, October 23, 2017

AppsJack Capable Communities Podcast Season 1 Completes - Check It Out

We started out with this idea and framework and made it work.  Congrats and thank you to all involved.

It's amazing!  We just finished year one of the AppsJack Podcast: Capable Communities.  How awesome does this feel.  We had this idea a couple of years ago so it's amazing to see it come to frution and be so fun.  

Huge thanks to producer Christian Harris for all of his time and grace, Steve Kubacki for awesome support and content, Ele Munjeli for being so great, Richard Webb and David Slight for their amazing contributions.  We've truly built an amazing community and I am so proud.  

The Season 1 guests are listed below in alphabetical order.  We recorded 30 episodes with 30 guests and published over 16 hours of content, covering each of APQC's 12 areas of business processes.  We ate a lot of breakfasts and brunch, drank a lot of coffee and beer.

Tech Staffing CEO Aftab Farooqi
Leadership Coach Alan Andersen
Lean Agile Fellow Alan Sebring
Smartsheet Developer Andrea Cremese
Developer Andrew Sengul
Executive Andy Scott
Podcast Producer and Real Estate Mogul Christian Harris
Creative Data Genius Dave De Noia
Finance Expert and Restaurateur Dave Niederkrome
Security Expert and All-Around Brain Don Alvarez
The Inspirational and Motivated Ele Munjeli
IT Champ James Murray
Entrepreneur and Sales Professional James Tuff
CEO Joe O'Konek
Startup Attorney and Podcaster Joe Wallin
Patent Attorney Jonathan Olson
Security Expert Josh Barrow
Front-End Developer Josh Bosworth
International Marketing Wiz Kifaya Dawud
Tech Consulting Business Developer Lee Carter
Startup Wonk Leo Lam
Crypto Currency Consultant Mark Mueller-Eberstein
Author and Speaker on Focus and Clarity Michael Cavitt
Author and Conflict Management Specialist Rachel Alexandria
Lean PM and Business Continuity Expert Ralph Kliem
Business Attorney Reuben Ortega
Architect Richard Webb
CEO and Member of the Board Scott Davis
Clinical Psychologist and Very Creative Steve Kubacki

Stay tuned for what will happen in Season 2!

#30 - Modern Business Models - Risk, Compliance, Remediation and Resiliency - Part 4 of 4

Enterprise Architect Richard Webb and the panel discuss modern business models and the potential of thinking outside of the traditional box.

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#29 - To Comply Or Not To Comply - Risk, Compliance, Remediation and Resiliency - Part 3 of 4

The four-member panel discusses the importance and reality of compliance according the laws of customers, markets and regulatory bodies.

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#28 - Taking More Risks - Risk, Compliance, Remediation and Resiliency - Part 2 of 4

Eric shares stories about risk taking in snowboarding and business. The group talks talks about ways to encourage more calculated risk taking.

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#27 - Thinking About Resiliency - Risk, Compliance, Remediation and Resiliency - Part 1 of 4

The panel talks about business resiliency and success as achieved through excellence in risk management, compliance and remediation.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

#26 - Tips & Tricks in Asset Thinking for the CEO - Assets - Part 4 of 4

The group shares ideas, tips and tricks for CEOs and entrepreneurs to think about their businesses from the perspectives of assets, how to protect and grow them.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

#25 - Valuation - Assets - Part 3 of 4

Startup law attorney Joe Wallin leads the group through a conversation about asset valuation including perceptual differences between large and small businesses.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

#24 - IP and Trade Secrets - Assets - Part 2 of 4

Seattle-based patent attorney Jonathan Olson leads the guests in an exploratory discussion of intellectual property, trade secrets and the like.

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