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Episode 238 – Raji Sivaraman – Making Projects Sing / audio

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Raji Sivaraman joins host Craig Price to discuss her new book “Making Projects Sing: A Musical Perspective of Project Management“. Most people like music and EVERYONE loves project management. So why not bring the two together? Raji and Craig talk about just that as they discuss how musicians and project managers often do many of the same activities, have many of the same processes and can learn how to improve both by looking at how the two relate to each other.  Raji shares how M.U.S.I.C.  (Measure, Utilize, Schedule, Integrate, Communicate) are important regardless if you are a musician or project manager. She also introduces Craig to McKinsey’s “Fragile to Agile” concepts as well as showing how we can create beautiful project music as an ensemble and still be able to jam out an awesome career guitar solo.

Raji’s book Making Projects Sing: A Musical Perspective of Project Management can be found at amazon and other fine bookstores but if you email her directly (listen to the podcast to get it!) she will happily offer a major discount to Reality Check listeners! You can also learn more about her at http://agilitydiscoveries.com/

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Episode 161 – John Simons – Comicpalooza 2015 / audio

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John Simons, chairman of Comicpalooza (@comicpalooza on twitter) speaks with host Craig Price about putting a comic-con together. The two discuss the modest history of Comicpalooza from it’s humble beginnings in a movie theater lobby to the juggernaut can’t miss festival that boast 60,000 attendees (more are expected this year!). John explains how he had hoped to grow into a hotel ballroom type of space only to see his comic-con jump into the cavernous George R Brown Convention Center. He talks about how he plans ahead (sometime up to 3 years in advance) for upcoming conventions, who they decide to ask and what type of programming you can expect this year. Craig goes on and on about how great John Barrowman was at Comicpalooza 2014 (It’s kind of embarrassing), the diversity of programming available (it’s really like 10 small conventions happening at once) and the love of beer while waiting in line.

Comicpalooza’s mission is to provide the best and biggest annual multi-format pop culture convention in the southwest region of the United States, serving not only the fans of comics, science fiction, fantasy, video and table top gaming, anime, music and film, but also as a trade show and showcase for the studios, publishers, and manufacturers in those industries.

This year Comicpalooza is happening on May 22nd through the 25th. You can learn about all the guests currently scheduled (Craig is excited to see Haley Atwell and Henry Winkler) at http://www.comicpalooza.com 

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Episode 32 – Ezra Charles – Music / audio

Episode 32 - Ezra Charles - Music

Ezra Charles talks with Craig about writing songs, arranging music and knowing that the shower is the best place to think about horns. While Craig can’t sing or play any instrument, he does appreciate an entertainer when he sees one, which is why he gets Ezra to play some piano and talk about his life as inventor and musician!

Included in this podcast is the great song “88 Answers“.

Ezra Charles and the Works can be found at http://www.ezracharles.com. Join him on facebook too!

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