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Culture Hacking

  • May 8, 2013 · 6:00 PM
  • Hudson Business Lounge

Join TEDx presenter Jim McCarthy on a special visit to Startup Milwaukee.

On the eve of TEDxMilwaukee, learn about a little Culture Hacking with speaker Jim McCarthy. Gain familiarity with the emerging fields of culture tech, culture design and culture engineering. All the while you will be amused, stimulated, provoked and inspired by a great talk, and by experiencing some designed culture. It’s all about extremely local cultures. A culture is the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that both describes and shapes a group. Our era is increasingly characterized by an emergent software culture. Not only is software itself creating much of our global wealth, but the unique challenges of creating our software have demanded wholly new types of engineered corporate culture from us. Various high tech development disciplines have been articulated and “packaged up.” In response to the demands of software, we have created several seminal management “movements” (such as Agile, Scrum, XP, etc.). These movements represent the birth of culture engineering. Culture hacking is a distinct kind of culture engineering. Culture hacks express a particular hacker ethos, an ethos originating in the world of software hacking. Good culture hacking will tend to promote freedom, extend openness, and embody rationality and design elegance. As our culture becomes increasingly and fruitfully hacked, we will grow in effectiveness and ambition and will bring more and more problems into scope. This will likely trigger an unprecedented Golden Era, an age of unparalleled magnificence.


Jim McCarthy

While leading projects at Bell Laboratories, The Whitewater Group, and Microsoft Jim McCarthy saw there was a better way to build products by focusing on the team. He led the creation one of the great Microsoft teams, the Visual C++ team. Much of Microsoft benefited from his ideas as articulated in the seminal book, Dynamics of Software Development from Microsoft Press (1995, 2006). His approach and observations formed the basis of Microsoft Solutions Framework and were a catalyst for and a progenitor of the Extreme and Agile programming movements.
Jim partners with his wife, Michele McCarthy, to run McCarthy Technologies, Inc., which provides technology, training and consulting that enables organizations and teams to consistently generate the greatest possible results. The key to these results is an innovative, proprietary technology called “The Core”. It encapsulates and makes accessible the best interpersonal collaboration technology currently available and has been thoroughly researched, tested, and applied over the past 15 years. Just as Jim’s earlier approaches contributed to Microsoft’s successful culture, and ultimately helped give rise to the XP and Agile movements, his current research into The Core is poised to help a new generation of organizations achieve their highest potential.


Special Bonus Event

Jim will be staying in town to offer a one-day workshop on Saturday giving people a chance to try out his Culture Hacking tools. Registration and more info at


This event is hosted by the Hudson Business Lounge and sponsored by Startup Milwaukee.

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  • Alicia B.

    If you're unable to attend, please change your RSVP to NO so a member of the waiting list can be bumped up tomorrow. Thanks!

    May 7, 2013

    • Alicia B.

      Please remember to attend early as well. Seats are limited to the first 50, then it's standing room only. Out of respect for our speaker, we would like to begin promptly at 6 pm. And again, please change your RSVP in case you're unable to make it tomorrow — we would like to open up your spot for someone on the wait list. Thanks all! :)

      May 7, 2013

  • Joe H.

    Sorry, had something else come up while I was on waiting list. Great luck and have fun all!

    May 7, 2013

    • Alicia B.

      Bummer, hopefully we'll see you at the next one!

      May 7, 2013

  • Clint L.

    Sorry, I will not be able to attend. Sounds excellent!

    May 7, 2013

    • Alicia B.

      See you at the next one, Clint! :)

      May 7, 2013

  • Jake P.

    Glad I made the cut!

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Joe H.

    Sure, now a spot opens, and I'm attending a different event. Better luck next time; try, try again I guess, cheers.

    May 7, 2013

  • Alexa B.

    Would love to attend!

    May 6, 2013

  • Gary P.

    Schedule conflict, opening my spot up for someone else....

    1 · May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excited to hear this talk. Hoping to gain some insight and skills to hack/shake-up my local culture.

    May 3, 2013

  • Gustavo Hinojosa J.

    Sounds Great !

    May 1, 2013

  • Becca J.

    This is a maybe

    April 30, 2013

  • Carl W.

    Looking forward to it. Cya!

    April 30, 2013

  • Paul B.

    Looking forward to this! Thanks for putting it together. :)

    April 29, 2013

  • Ashley

    Industrial engineer to become a cultural engineer? What's that?!?! I'm excited to listen and learn.

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to meeting this group.

    April 29, 2013

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