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The Study of Product Team Performance identifies the key factors that differentiate high performing product teams from their less successful counterparts. Actuation Consulting conducted the third annual global study of product teams with the goal of continuously improving our understanding of why some product teams excel while others struggle.
“We also sought to expand our knowledge of the factors that drive or influence the best outcomes,” states Greg Geracie, President of Actuation Consulting, that has conducted the study of Product Team Performance for the past 3 years.
Greg will discuss the findings, including the use of industry best practices, return on investment (ROI) and its application, the product team’s relationship with the Sales and Marketing organizations and how well the product team understands and aligns its efforts to the sales cycle.
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Announcing The Product Summit San Francisco November 20-23, 2014; 4 days of immersion into product excellence with one track lightning talks by experts, visionaries and product management practitioners, Workshops, No Code Prototype Hackathon, and ProductCamp unconference. Early bird registration open: productsummit.org
When Willie Bradley decides to give us The Full Package, he gives it full throttle. And it's funny that yours truly just said that, because one of the many bands that Willie's talent graced was called "The Package Band." :)
Seriously, this man has street cred as few have. A graduate of South Carolina State with Music Education and Performance mastery, Willie then made his way through a myriad of groups and genres. That trumpet gained access to the "inner circles" of Jazz - and he spent time with Betty Carter, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Max Roach, and Dizzy Gillespie. On the other end of the music rainbow, Willie also opened for or played with Fourplay, Joey Sommerville, Bobby Blue Bland and more. So you see where this is going - our guest has a resume that's all encompassing. Okay, he's hip to Hybrid - that's what we need to say!
On our guest's CD, he utilizes all of what he has learned through these years of playing the straight ahead, the contemporary, the Funk, the Soul, the Gospel - and he ties it together with the help of a special believer: Nicholas Cole. Bradley and Cole have co-written most of the songs on the album - which are pretty incredible! Then, they enlisted the services of other artists that bring a certain pop and flow to a wholly organic endeavor. You're familiar with Lin Rountree, Marcus Anderson, and Jeff Kashiwa, I take it. Yeah, like THAT!
The last time some of us saw Willie was when he was with the All-Stars in Virginia - delivering a delicious stew of tasty trumpet that ebbed and flowed with the band in a most scintillating way. Christian de Mesones can back me up on that - because he was adamant about having Willie THERE :) It was some kind of night.
And there are MORE events coming - that's why Willie is visiting! Join us on 8/28 and discover Willie Bradley!
Listen, for a guy who didn't pick up the saxophone until he was 28, Dee Lucas is catching UP! WHOA! Dee is now an internationally known artist with a now fifth album under his belt. We're so looking forward to his visit because this is his second go-round on "Hybrid Jazz" - and there seems to be so much that has changed - all positive.
And DATES - this man has a slew of live events coming up - each one will be discussed. One of those brings him to our region. In the shadow of Washington, D.C. There is no doubt that Dee will have a sold-out crowd at Firestation 1 in Silver Spring, Maryland - that's September 20th. But he also has big shows happening in his home base, Georgia, and in Los Angeles, too.
If you've been keeping up with the career of Dee Lucas, then you're already impressed. 2004 marked his debut with "Remembrance" - a tribute to one of his musical inspirations, George Howard. In 2007, we heard "Something To Ride 2" - followed by "Standing Room Only" in 2010. The next year, it was "Rebirth of the Smooth." That's when Dee first stopped by - and we had a blast!
Earlier this year, "The Smooth Factor" was released - and audiences from all over the globe are, once again, smitten. When we hear three tracks from the CD you'll hear why :) You don't get to work with Hugh Masekela, Ronnie Laws, Nneena Freelon and Michael Franks unless you're something SPECIAL. Dee has consistently shown us how much.
Matter-of-fact, our mutual friend, Jonathan Widran, said it best at Dee's website. Jonathan calls what Dee does "soulful mastery." We, his fans, couldn't agree more!
Please join us for a musical reunion - when Dee Lucas joins us on 8/26 at two p.m. Eastern.
It's absolutely wonderful to have our friend, Patrick Yandall, return to us! Even COOLER - that we're having the pleasure of his company right before his Birthday (September 5th!)
Patrick has had a beautifully rich career - not only because of the success of singles and albums (he can certainly boast of number one status more than once!) - but because he has had music on such diverse sources. TV shows: "Girls" on HBO and "Shameless" on Showtime. His song, "Who's the Bossa Now" was included in the John Cusack/Marissa Tomei film, "War, Inc." - and "Mr. Fattburger" was in the much acclaimed, Sundance award-winning, "Fruitvale Station."
If you are a Patrick fan, all of this is NO surprise. Born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina and raised in Michigan - now based in San Diego - our Friend learned MANY different kinds of music as he grew in his mastery of the guitar. Jazz, Blues, Rock and Soul, the sound of Country back porches and the buzz of City nightlife - he feels ALL of it. Possibly like no other that you've heard. You're not the subject of a PBS special for no reason!
More than a dozen musical projects under his belt, Patrick Yandall is rolling ON - and he is going to SHINE at his gig this weekend. It is said that if you play at Spaghettini in Seal Beach, California, you are hipper than the average bear :) Patrick will be spending his Birthday WEEKEND there! That's why we have to do this next episode of "Hybrid Jazz" properly. The send-off is everything, don't you think? Hah!
Let's enjoy some delicious music from one of the nicest and most talent guitarists/producers/composers that we know - and let's all get inspired by the music that we'll hear BECAUSE we're inspired by PATRICK! Happy Birthday, Superstar!
For those who were paying attention (ahem!), you might have seen that Kim Waters was scheduled for 8/19. As it turned out, Kim wrote to apologize - because he discovered that his plane to Washington, D.C. was going to be IN THE AIR at the time of our interview. Or close to it. Sooooo, yours truly figured that the only solution was to create a special show just for Kim. Hence, our two hour "Hybrid Jazz" on Wednesday!
Gracious, there's a LOT going on with Kim since we last spoke. And he'll fill you in on ALL of it. A beautiful wife, a new life, a 25 year anniversary in the music business, a CD dropping next month - and a terrific event planned at one of our popular venues in the region. I TOLD you!
Kim's used to this excitement, though. Of course he is - this is the consummate saxophonist who has had four # 1 albums, more than a dozen # 1 singles, and plays to packed and appreciative houses wherever he goes. He was raised in Maryland - and is considered a beloved "Hometown Hero" in this state. Although he lives in Texas now, he finds time to return to his roots whenever possible.
Get ready for the energy that you'll hear when Kim visits - you've been given a lot of reasons as to why - but let's get specific about this upcoming musical project. Called "Silver Soul", it's Kim at his best - and he has fantastic help to deliver the message. The golden throated magic of Eric Roberson, the beautifully youthful exhuberance of Zendaya, and the romantic partnership of Kim's lovely wife, Dana Pope - it's all wrapped up with a velvet bow - and given an extra touch by one of Kim's exquisite daughters as musical accompaniment. NOW you know why this visit from our friend is important. Because it's all about FAMILY :)
The fun at one - Kim joins us at two p.m. on 8/20!
Independent Mark Moore is running for Lt. Governor of Arkansas, and is submitting to live E-townhalls so that any voter can hear what he has to say without the media as a filter and so that any citizen can talk to him in an unscripted environment. Candidates from the two establishment parties who have destroyed the economy don't dare give you this much unscripted access...
You're right - it's RARE that I would place such a strong adjective in front of a guest's name. Here'w why: it's important for you to remember Patrick Bradley. It's that simple. But...maybe simple is not the word here :)
See, Patrick "daylights" as a regional President of Whole Foods! Already, he's different, right? In more ways than one! Check it out: he started at age 8 on a bargain basement organ. And self-taught! He played in Church for several years, all the while becoming immersed in the Beatles, Elton John, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Oh - and Rick Wakeman from the group, Yes. That particular influence stayed with Patrick - when you hear the Moog synthesizer on his new CD - you'll smile.
Classical music training in college and Jazz appreciation on the side - gravitating to Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. From school, he joined a five piece Rock band called "Joshua" - that group released an album in 1986, "Surrender." At age 24, Patrick decided to focus on a career that was more stable. With a wife and children, organic food retail seemed sensible.
While working for Whole Foods in Chicago, we came to know Patrick via his debut, "Come Rain or Shine." He was promoted to the Southern California division of the company and was able to record his second project, "Under the Sun." This was a partnership with Jeff Lorber, who was suggested by Patrick's mutual friend, Dave Koz.
He's REALLY good at being an executive at his exceptionally successful day job, but when you hear Patrick Bradley PLAY - and that means piano, organ and Moog - WHOA. We're kinda hoping that the music thingie takes over ;) Especially since the personnel on this album is so HOT! You'll have to wait to hear who when Patrick joins us on 9/16!
As one of the beauties behind the Ducks, Jessica Robertson is the stunning, fashionable wife of Jep Robertson of A&E's hit show, Duck Dynasty.
This inspiring young woman and powerhouse mom has a keen business sense and an eye for fashion with a certain country charm.
Get to know more about the woman behind the brand and her drive as she dives into her new product line.
Listen in as we discuss with Jessica her launch into the cosmetic industry, her biggest inspiration, how she and Jep met, how she keeps in shape and much much more.
If you hear about what happened on 9/9, then you understand why the title of the show is a BIT different! We had a major challenge with getting our episode up and running yesterday. Because of your host's chosen internet carrier! Graciously, Gino Vannelli consented to try again - and many fans are very grateful. Our internationally known Superstar is very proud of a project that was released this year, "Live in L.A." To HEAR Gino sing after these decades of loving him is JOY! His voice is magnificent and his energy is something that you can FEEL. Montreal born and now on the West Coast, we'll discuss his inspirations, his beginnings and his glorious career moments. I have a premonition that we'll hear him say, "The best is yet to come!"
How wonderful to have TWO guests - better still that they will both take away the sting of remembering 9/11. Paolo Rustichelli's music certainly will. This multiple genre pianst, producer, singer and film score composer has been working for years and thrilling audiences with his music backdrops for movies and the songs that have captivated thousands. And that includes Carlos Santana. "Full Moon" was composed for Carlos and it's now part of a collection of Santana's greatest performances. Paolo has worked with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter - Miles had nothing but praise for his friend while the Trumpet Master walked among us. This gifted artist pioneered the monophonic synthesizer and championed "Chill" music, as well as fusing his Rock roots with melodic Jazz. Then, he can do a 180 and write "Kyrie" - a composition that Placido Domingo included on his "Sacred Songs" in 2006.
Can you expect to hear some of the most awesome sounds in the world? You already know the answer :) 9/11. NOON Eastern!
There are three domestic breed cats that were created by cross breeding a domestic breed to a wild small cat specie resulting in a domestic cat with the coloring and physical characteristics of their ancestors. Most of these cats today have less than 10% wild cat in their lineage, but some animal rights groups are calling these cats a monstrocity, "frankencats" and is pushing the state of California to outright ban the sale, ownership, and breeding of these beautiful animals. The "Bengal" cat is the most popular of these breeds with over 100,000 in the USA.
Joining us today is certified cat behaviorist Marilyn Krieger who is an expert on the Savannah and Bengal breeds, and Savannah breeder and TICA Savannah Breed Chair Brigitte Cowell will dispell the myths and misconceptions of these breeds. Marilyn wrote an article about this subject on Catster. The backers of this legislation are the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Big Cat Rescue., who both did not respond to our invitations to join the show. ALDF is based in Portland, Oregon and has been successful in passing a ban in Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Nebraska, and Rhode Island.
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E RATE REFORM AND ITS EFFECT ON SCHOOLS AND YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARY
with our resident expert E Rate expert John Harrington and his guest Michael Brandau of Beaufort, SC schools
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Acclaimed author J. E. Fishman joins me this week to talk about his books including his latest series Bomb Squad NYC. Tune in, call in, or join us in the chat room.
Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes of the world’s leading bomb squad? Author J.E. Fishman did, and he set out to learn everything possible about this elite unit of the NYPD before crafting the first-ever series of novels based on its exploits, titled “Bomb Squad NYC.”
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