Week 1 – Liquid Slate

Blog for Enterprise by Design 06/02/18
First day of EBD was exciting atmosphere. I recognised my head of department’s enthusiasm for the project and knew that what I was getting into would be worthy of his excitement. When the supervisors were told to challenge teams forming to make sure only the best teams, I was ready. ELOP had prepared me well.

The teams seemed to attract a balance of character types when it comes to naturally selecting potential members in a large room. The general trend, you would have a very outgoing extravert team up with an introvert (electronic engineering student in my team’s case.) I noticed that when I approached the team I sought to join, after introducing myself the fellow Alex introduced himself promptly which was welcoming. He does a product design course in his 3rd year, and had apparent high confidence in this group work environment. The engineer Christopher was last to introduce himself, reserved on his Tablet refusing my gaze initially but when telling him my course of Masters Electronics he was less optically evasive and engaged in the group effort very well. The other two, Psychology student Vicky and another student Sam worked well. After the brief given to the room, Alex began allocating roles for solving the issue, but I noted that he had jumped to conclusions onto the aim of the project, as it was an exercise in profiling the potential customer. He began splitting tasks within the profiling of the customer of everyone, which I intervened as it was overly complicated solution for a new team’s first task. I gave a pointer and suggested that each member tackle a different persona. The team would have done his previous suggestion unquestioned, and this is the dynamic of extroverts in a group. They quickly made a Facebook chat group for sorting the work. I look forward to seeing how the team develops from here on out.

P.S It is now 20th February and the teams video was one of my favourites of the those given today, with a video specifically through stop motion and hand drawings. short but to the point, about creating a valuable journey to the surrounding area, using a Cardiff Student as a vessel to explain the story. They are looking promising

John Mahon

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