Joni Ramu – Finland

“I am currently under construction. Thank you for your patience.”


Weekly Motorola 9 – Internal Final

What went well?

This week was the internal final of deliverables. I made the pitch and I think it went well, regardless of some technical difficulties of presentation equipment. We got our project sorted out pretty fine.

What didn’t go well?

Our prototyping was a mess. Our internal deadlines failed totally and we didn’t deliver the prototype on time. Next week we will deliver it before Demoday, and we’ll do a lot of work to get it done.

What I learned?

On monday was a infographic class at the evening. I learned a lot of new things about the infographs and learned also how to present some information clearly.

What I take into practice?

Practicing the pitch very hard to deliver best possible outcome for all the stakeholders and audience at the Demoday.

Attitude for the next week is one more week to go.

GDF Presenting


Weekly Motorola 8 – Week of roller coaster

What went well?

I really succeeded this week to put myself together after a little collapse in motivation. We also managed to get a good rhythm on our working via dividing tasks based on our strengths as individuals. We achieved a lot this week and I think we are in a good progress in view of next week’s Final Deliverable.

What didn’t go well?

Tuesday I had a total collapsation. I was so frustrated by the way this project is being controlled by the school authorities. We are in a hurry with the project and then we have to burn so much time on things that don’t take as forward.

What I learned?

Learning of the week was how to get back up when you fall: music, rest and good company. Also this week I found a new “rule” to my life: Do not compromise. This is because compromises are never good options and they are mostly made of misunderstandings.

What I take into practice?

I do not compromise.

Attitude for the next week is ready to fight.


Weekly Motorola 7 – Mocking the concept up

What went well?

This week we managed to work efficiently without wasting time on unproductive conversations. We used a lot of divided tasks and developed our concepts widely. We got good feedback for our grand delivery 4 and our project is going forward.

What didn’t go well?

We didn’t have time to test our mock-up properly. That’s why we have to do more work next week.

What I learned?

I am starting to find a balance between efficient working and spare time. It’s been a bit of a problem especially here in Chile on this project. But now it’s starting to fit on it’s track.

What I take into practice?

Importance of clear and concrete goal has been the biggest catch this week. I found out the goal for this whole project and it has immediately helped me to work towards that.

Attitude for the next week is making this concrete.


Weekly Motorola 6 – Right track finally

What went well?

Our counterpart loved our opportunity and solution, when I presented our progress on this week’s grand deliverable. That for us, was a huge succeeding. We have been moving back and forth with the project, so was great to hear that we were on the right track. Also this week we succeeded to increase our efficiency by working a lot with divided tasks.

What didn’t go well?

This week we didn’t face any big fails. Only little things that would have gone better. At the moment I also have a little pressure from my company back in Finland, while I was chosen as a project manager for a project and that requires my time. So I will have to find a balance between these to projects and my final thesis.

What I learned?

I understood more the power of dividing tasks with clear focus. Time management was a big learning point this week.

What I take into practice?

I will keep deploying efficiency and goal focusing through divided tasks and objectives.

Attitude for the next week is keep calm and keep up the good work.

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Grand deliverable 3, progress presentation for counterpart.

Weekly Motorola 5 – Race with the pace

What went well?

We managed to get our Grand Deliverable 2 in shape on time though it was true battle. The expectations of schedule for the project seems to get more and more tighter as we go on and it was a good succeeding to deliver on time.

What didn’t go well?

For my unfortunate, we still are lacking the efficiency. We don’t manage to do divided tasks with good success which means that we will waste a lot of time in working everything together.

What I learned?

This week’s presentation preparing taught me a lot about how to present a project to a counterpart. It’s very different compared to customer since we have to present how we got to some solutions. We figured the power of a story in a presentation.

What I take into practice?

Next week I will give my full focus on the teamwork and how to make it better. Too many weeks has gone by with medium level efficiency and productivity.

Attitude for the next week is from good to excellent.

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Grand Deliverable 2, presenting our progress.

Weekly Motorola 4 – Taking the process to our own hands

What went well?

On Wednesday, I realized that we had started everything the wrong way. We had skipped a very important state of product development process: Reframing the problem. So I thought that we have to start everything again, all the way from the start. That was a super decision. The project got a totally different kind of drive, because finally it felt that we had something real. I also did a process progress graph for us, so that we can see where we are going.

What didn’t go well?

The start for the week was hard. We were very lost with motivation and with the whole project. On Tuesday we had a feedback conversation with the team, which was great, but the project didn’t get any boost so the feeling was a bit hopeless before we restarted the project. I didn’t succeed to increase the efficiency of our team significantly yet on this week but I’ll continue working on that.

What I learned?

This week I learned new aspects of project management as well as the importance of it. As team coordinator, I consider it as my duty to also manage the project. On Wednesday I understood the importance of being a step ahead of the progress as a project manager. It is significant to know the next step of the process, so I can recognize when we are there and so that I can tell what we have to do next when we get there. Huge realization of the week.

What I take into practice?

I will keep improving my project management skills with this project as well as team leading skills. Because of my field of expertise being finance, I don’t see any other meaning for me within this project, so I’ll be focusing my energy on those things.

Attitude for the next week is straight forward and hard.


Weekly Motorola 3 – Opportunities to develop

What went well?

This week was, altogether, success through hard work. Under a tight schedule, we managed to analyze all the data we had gathered. We created our personas and that way, our opportunities. And I think our presentation at the end of the week was also a success.

What didn’t go well?

I think we still have problems with the efficiency of our team working. With some adjustments to our working methods, we could do better in less time. As we made a change to our team roles, making me the coordinator for our team, I’ll take this as a challenge for me.

What I learned?

Not until this week, I realized the concept of opportunities in this context. In my field of studies, we focus highly on solutions so these opportunities are not used. It’s refreshing to find new ways to solve problems.

What I take into practice?

This week made me see the importance of efficiency in working. Using a lot of time in little things wastes time to use in important ones. This is where I will work for the next weeks.

Attitude for the next week is enthusiastic to improve our team and to continue our journey towards the solutions.


Weekly Motorola 2 – Found the touch

The second week of this intensive project working started with a lot of confusion, due to uncertainty about the process of this project and because a little ambiguity regarding the challenge. That didn’t slow us down, though.

We started Monday by organizing our team properly. I brought my knowledge about team structuring and advanged team communication. We opened account to communication application Slack and organized our information via Google Drive.

Addition to all that I prefered our team to discover our strengths and our capabilities by making SWOT analysis of our team. I believe this way we know which kind of solutions to concentrate after reframing the problem.

On Tuesday we worked on interview protocol and met the counterpart of our challenge. Meeting with the counterpart was in Spanish so I didn’t understand a thing there. Of course my teammates tried to translate the main points to me afterwards. We were left with very open hands with what we should focus on. We decided to update the interview protocol to be open for any kind of problems concerning elders in parks.

On Friday, we started to make research by interviewing people in the city parks. Due to my incapability to talk Spanish, my role in this interview process is quite useless. I took pictures of parks and activities there and I also observed people’s behavior and features of the parks.

On top of these tasks, my responsibility was to make research on park designs all over the world. I gathered information of different uses of the parks, mainly from Finland and USA because that information was easily available.

What went well?

I think our team is starting to heat up and find it’s ways to work. It is nice to find touch on working in a new team. Also I think that even with challenges of multilingual team, we have been having good and constructive conversations. I think we have succeeded to bring forward our strengths as team players and substance expertises.

What didn’t go well?

I am having a lot of difficulties with language barrier outside my team. I can’t really follow the classes we are having because most of the materials are in Spanish, though the spoken language is mostly English. That’s very frustrating to sit on the classes because of that. Also the schedule of the process aren’t allowing very good results.

What I learned?

This week I have learned a thing or two about research through interviews. We have been working on that here and I didn’t have a lot of experience about it before. Most of my realizations are about the interview protocol and how to build one. I also found new aspects to coding research data. This information is very useful in my final thesis also.

What I take to practice?

This week showed me how important it is to build good grounds for team before starting to work hard. I will remember that every time I end up in situations like this. All the knowledge I was given about the research making is something I believe will be useful to me in future, I’ll sit on that knowledge.

Attitude for the next week is terrified but ready to deliver.

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Weekly Motorola 1 – Lapassion starts

WHY ARE YOU HERE?

International relations have always been close to my mind. At this point of my studies I got a chance to be a part of an international project. It was a quick notice for me as I knew only two weeks before the departure that I was going to be here. Be that as it may, I don’t regret the decision for a minute.

WHAT ARE YOUR EXPERTISES?

I have been studying business at two levels of Finnish education. My majors are Entrepreneurship, Team Leadership and International Trade. My studies at the Proakatemia (Entrepreneurial campus of TAMK) consist of real client projects, expanding substance competence through books and improving team skills through team-learning-workshops.

At Proakatemia I have focused on financial services, coaching and public speaking. I have been a finance manager of our team company for a year and beside that I have been consulting other companies for financial arrangements. I also own a business of finance coaching for high school students with my colleague. On the top of that I have been doing a lot of public speaking and after this Lapassion project, I am starting to do some voice over work like audio books etc.

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT OF THE PROJECT?

Most of all I expect to improve my team working skills through the multilingual and multidisciplinary challenges. I also look forward to gathering some new knowledge regarding my business understanding at international fields. And of course, contacts all around the world.


 

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