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Wow, time goes fast.

Wow, time goes fast.

So what do I think is the most important thing about the use of online communities in the design process ? I think since the Internet and its media changed the way to be together it also fundamentally changed the way designers can be together with their clients or future clients and interact with them. Recent insights - also from the introduction week (thanks Gustaaf) - have shown me that designing is always about creating something for the customer, the people. It’s about them. So connecting to them via online communities and networks seems to be a smart and plausible thing to do. Forums in which customers discuss with other customers is I think a great source of valid feedback, it is mostly honest. Tesla Motors the successful automaker “startup” has a special “Enthusiasts” tab on their website with a forum and other things.

Online communities should be easy to use and accessible to everybody. And there is no online community without a relevant topic to talk, discuss, think about. A good online community is a social one where people care together about a certain relevant topic.  

To all the ones who will attend this course I would say it’s all learning by doing, what you put in to it is what you get out. Thats what we have been told in the beginning and I found that to be true. I think I didn’t put enough into it. In parts it’s a simulation of your later way of working and it will teach you valuable things about people, teams, procrastination and others.

This is the beginning so don’t be afraid to fail, we’ll fix it later. But more important don’t be afraid to succeed greatly. 

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The question, why we have the theme “Groupwork” after we already worked in groups for…

The question, why we have the theme “Groupwork” after we already worked in groups for actually 4 weeks, did not really come up because it was answered right away by Meggie in the lesson yesterday. The plan was to make the experience first by throwing us in at the deep end and then look at what we have done. That I guess is a part of the process of reflecting. So what did our group do ?

At the beginning of course we had no plan so it was really unstructured. By now we realized that working on something specific with 8 people is not possible. We have build task groups for that twice now and that was good. We created “edges” as we heard in this weeks video by Chris. And then we brought those edges together in our meetings. It is possible to have these with eight people if someone presides over them and everybody listens to each other and only one person speaks at a time. We experienced that, I think it went pretty well but there is still some room of improvements in the way that some people should let other people finish before they start talking. So to sum up this concept, I assume I have discovered, it is about creating edges by breaking up tasks and give them to smaller groups and then bring it back together in the meeting, have some discussion there, bring everybody up to date and then start the process over again. 

What also occurred as a problem was that there were different assumptions about the actual tasks and it was quite difficult to get everybody to understand it the right way. There is a lot of discussion about the actual tasks involved. But I think it is crucial that everyone knows exactly what he or she has to do and to work on. This way you prevent that work is done without sense. 

As I mentioned earlier we realized that it is impossible to work creatively with eight people. Our task groups we created consisted of four by now and it worked out quite ok but I would like to try this odd numbers like three for some brainstorming sessions. 

One more thing. Nancy talked about having a way to track our progress/process visually. I really feel like I need that. I don’t know about my group yet but in the past weeks I had those times when I wanted to jump up and draw some sort of rough project schedule on the whiteboard.  Maybe that will help us all to work towards our goals with more clarity. 

In the coming weeks I will try to really do and say what I often have in mind, what I think could help our group go on faster. I will try to leave my comfort zone. 

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