Blog for week 39

 

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This week we had three group meetings in total.

On Monday our group met up for the first time. During the meeting we discussed some general things about the course and our project. We also opened this blog to provide insight on how our project advances, and posted the first post.

The longest and the most important meeting of the week was held on Wednesday. The meeting can be divided into three parts: First we tried to come to a conclusion about what the main problem is that we want to solve during the project. Then we listed all of the competitors of VR at the moment. Lastly we thought together, what information do we need to collect to tackle the problem, and where and how do we collect it.

In the first part of the meeting we came to the conclusion that we will be indeed busting the “myth”, that VR is a monopoly, thus having no competition, which we already posted on the last week’s post. This led us to think about what competition does VR currently have.

We proceeded to list all the means of transport that compete with trains in passenger and goods transport, both in short-distance traffic and long-distance traffic. For this we used a brainstorming tool called “Group memory” that we learned in the second lecture of the course. This meant that we gathered all the competitors on a TV screen, so that everyone could easily follow which competitors were already discussed.

In the last part of Wednesday’s meeting we used the ME-WE-US method to gather ideas about what, where and how do we collect data from VR and it’s competitors. First everyone wrote their own ideas on a piece of paper and then one after another everyone presented their ideas. This was done to make sure, that everyone’s ideas will be heard. In addition, it made it possible to use divergent and convergent thinking, as first everyone presented new and creative ideas and then we critically evaluated them together.

Uncertainty Horizon Map

Uncertainty Horizon Map

 

The last group meeting of the week, which was on Friday, was dedicated for the planning of the first presentation, that will take place on monday the 2nd of October. We produced a short PowerPoint presentation during the meeting that introduces our projects topic. On Friday we also contacted our Substance advisor to arrange a meeting with him and get more advice.All in all, we managed to do many things this week. We have all met each other now, we have started a group chat and opened up a cloud storage for file sharing. These enable us to easily communicate and share

All in all, we managed to do many things this week. We have all met each other now, we have started a group chat and opened up a cloud storage for file sharing. These enable us to easily communicate and share information, and facilitate the progress of our project during the next weeks. We have also had in depth discussions about our project’s topic and how and where do we collect information. This blog was opened this week and the first introduction presentation was done.

Next we hope to meet our Substance advisor, so that we could nail down the problem that we will solve and to whom we will be providing the solution. This is especially important, since the next task for our group is to finish a project plan on how the project will advance. This week and next week of the course and project has and will be somewhat difficult to us, since our abstract topic makes it hard to plan the future of the project.

 

 

 

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