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Project Community 2015 IWF Final Video Presentation

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After 8 weeks of hard work, we have finally reached our end goal.
Please enjoy the video presentation!

Credits
Filmed edit: Daria Pernak

Film Footage: Elias Goebel
                        Ockje Sisselaar
                        Marcel Peifer
                        Daria Pernak
                     
Voice: Marcel Peifer

Music: Bensound.com

Teams

BATCO
Ockje Sisselaar
Benji Pauly
Charlotte Stoopman
Cvetelina Stamenova
Alexandra Poláková

IDE Callaborators 
Marcel Peifer
Daria Pernak
Inesa Trusaite
Laura Strubraite
Yasin Salamzadeh

5 Kings
Edwin de Wit
Jelmer Verwij
Natalia Rodriguez
Lucy Junior
Razvan Varjoghe

Have a nice day!
Team BATCO

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Reflection week 8

We are finishing up project community and what a ride it has been. The process was like a rollercoaster in the dark with it’s ups and down and we had no idea where we were going. Sometimes the teamwork went well and other times we got stuck. When we got stuck it was like being in a room without windows and the lights out, searching for the light switch to get the lightbulb glowing. Sometimes we found the switch pretty fast so we could back on track quickly, but sometimes we didn’t find the switch as fast and we couldn’t go forward anymore.

We decided pretty early into project community that we, as the three separate groups work together. This had it’s pros and cons. It meant that we had more man power to make one bigger and better project, but it would also mean that when working with a bigger group you always have the lesser heard. This means that a couple of people dominated the conversation and the other didn’t add as much anymore. This can be solved by splitting into smaller group and discussing the ideas in the smaller group and then let one person of each group discuss the best ideas of their group, we certainly did this, but I think that we didn’t do it enough.

From al these ups and downs at least we’ve learned that teamwork is key, but working in a bigger group isn’t always better. If you first split in smaller groups or even individually you can get more different ideas into one bigger group. The most important thing of the course is teamwork, but remember bigger isn’t always better.

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Reflection week 8

We are finishing up project community and what a ride it has been. The process was like a rollercoaster in the dark with it’s ups and down and we had no idea where we were going. Sometimes the teamwork went well and other times we got stuck. When we got stuck it was like being in a room without windows and the lights out, searching for the light switch to get the lightbulb glowing. Sometimes we found the switch pretty fast so we could back on track quickly, but sometimes we didn’t find the switch as fast and we couldn’t go forward anymore.

We decided pretty early into project community that we, as the three separate groups work together. This had it’s pros and cons. It meant that we had more man power to make one bigger and better project, but it would also mean that when working with a bigger group you always have the lesser heard. This means that a couple of people dominated the conversation and the other didn’t add as much anymore. This can be solved by splitting into smaller group and discussing the ideas in the smaller group and then let one person of each group discuss the best ideas of their group, we certainly did this, but I think that we didn’t do it enough.

From al these ups and downs at least we’ve learned that teamwork is key, but working in a bigger group isn’t always better. If you first split in smaller groups or even individually you can get more different ideas into one bigger group. The most important thing of the course is teamwork, but remember bigger isn’t always better.

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Reflection

This week has been different from previous weeks in that the focus of our work has changed from planning, towards execution. We have been busy working with other groups in the completion of our video for our NGO. Now we just have to put everything together, and hopefully produce a nice video to submit at the end of the week.

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Reflection

1_005559_1This week has been different from previous weeks in that the focus of our work has changed from planning, towards execution. We have been busy working with other groups in the completion of our video for our NGO. Now we just have to put everything together, and hopefully produce a nice video to submit at the end of the week.

Have a nice day!
Team BATCO

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A nice image describing the water problems.

Here is a image I found, and I thought that it described the water issues around the world very well. Also it’s just a very cool piece of art. One-picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words_E2_80_A6

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A nice image describing the water problems.

Here is a image I found, and I thought that it described the water issues around the world very well. Also it’s just a very cool piece of art. One-picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words_E2_80_A6

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Project Community – Excitement, Crisis and Rebirth

Wow, this is it already. Feels like it was just yesterday when we got introduced to our NGO and did research on their work. I can speak for all of us when I say that the past 8 weeks haven been a constant up and down.

We are now finishing up on our video and our ideas are coming to life. The teams are getting together and again, everything revolves around teamwork.

There is no I in team (or is there?)giphy (2)

One of the main lessons of the project was the importance of teamwork. Not only using it but more importantly coordinating it. While we were working in a team, communication was the factor that was pulling us down. We aimed to distribute work and collaborate but sometimes ended up falling back into a stage of individual work. We did not reach our full potential this way and the advantage of a bigger creative pool was only used partly.

We started working across our NGO group from the get go and had a collective result in mind. While this made working easier towards the end, retrospectively it was significantly harder to coordinate and distribute work between 15 people. We achieved great results but I believe that a more effective use of team sizes and workload distribution could have resulted in an even better outcome.

Especially different cultural backgrounds seemed to contribute to the barrier in group work. It was obvious that we could sometimes not agree on specifics and also the work ethic was varying heavily.

What could we do better?
Especially using the lessons learnt in our Cultural Differences class should have been used in order to create a more unified team that achieves more and communicates better. It would be a great addition to the weekly focus to add intercultural influences on group dynamics. However looking back at what did not work, we gained invaluable experience and will be sure to bridge these differences in our next group work. After all there is only lessons, no mistakes.

Final Words
There could not have been a better introduction to the IDE course than project communities. Even though everyone got to a point of pure frustration and confusion, it did introduce us to one of the most important aspects of a designers work – Collaboration. If we like it or not, we will work in teams again and again. Learning from the beginning how to engage with others is a great way to combine all that was learnt so far in the course.

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Project Community – Excitement, Crisis and Rebirth

Wow, this is it already. Feels like it was just yesterday when we got introduced to our NGO and did research on their work. I can speak for all of us when I say that the past 8 weeks haven been a constant up and down.

We are now finishing up on our video and our ideas are coming to life. The teams are getting together and again, everything revolves around teamwork.

There is no I in team (or is there?)giphy (2)

One of the main lessons of the project was the importance of teamwork. Not only using it but more importantly coordinating it. While we were working in a team, communication was the factor that was pulling us down. We aimed to distribute work and collaborate but sometimes ended up falling back into a stage of individual work. We did not reach our full potential this way and the advantage of a bigger creative pool was only used partly.

We started working across our NGO group from the get go and had a collective result in mind. While this made working easier towards the end, retrospectively it was significantly harder to coordinate and distribute work between 15 people. We achieved great results but I believe that a more effective use of team sizes and workload distribution could have resulted in an even better outcome.

Especially different cultural backgrounds seemed to contribute to the barrier in group work. It was obvious that we could sometimes not agree on specifics and also the work ethic was varying heavily.

What could we do better?
Especially using the lessons learnt in our Cultural Differences class should have been used in order to create a more unified team that achieves more and communicates better. It would be a great addition to the weekly focus to add intercultural influences on group dynamics. However looking back at what did not work, we gained invaluable experience and will be sure to bridge these differences in our next group work. After all there is only lessons, no mistakes.

Final Words
There could not have been a better introduction to the IDE course than project communities. Even though everyone got to a point of pure frustration and confusion, it did introduce us to one of the most important aspects of a designers work – Collaboration. If we like it or not, we will work in teams again and again. Learning from the beginning how to engage with others is a great way to combine all that was learnt so far in the course.

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BATCO 2015-10-16 16:21:29

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