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Week #4: Dat Tech Guy

Today’s world have this very fast growth speed of technology. Doesn’t matter which direction you will look at, games industry or software, you will see that new versions, fixes and updates of platforms which we use are reaching us more frequently than ever. And I will tell you a fact, not a secret, phase will keep rising up.

Me personally have some software I like, but that mostly depends on how much I’ve worked with it, so whenever there’s is a need of using a different one I don’t get frustrated too much. I just do it.

Of course if you’re working on the team there may be more strict choices made by people who don’t like changing their working environment so much. Well if there is a situation that with certain people a compromise just can’t be reached then at first I wouldn’t like to work with these kind a people. They may be left in management field, but in a design process it would be extremely painful for me to work with them. Although I could, because I am flexible. Anyway, I believe these kind a people rarely get to a creative process so I believe there’s always a room for a group agreement. If still a person has a ‘crush’ on his software of choice then a group just should assign a whole task to that man and hope that he gets it right. Of course feedback and corrections afterwards are a must.

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I was a quite sometimes ‘dat tech guy’ in the group who held the responsibility to gather all the knowledge in digital so we could share it easier within and outside the group. Of course I have preferences like using ‘skype’ for a messenger, but people from different background use different messengers and sometimes skype is the rare one in the group so you got to adjust and find a sweet spot for the group communication. So you take a look for other preferences and even sometimes adjust your own as soon as you find something relevant for yourself. That’s innovation, but just in your tools for working with software. I always try to find better newer software, because some of it becomes outdated and then being overtaken by more advanced technology. In other words to say to be competitive you have to follow trends all the time. Doesn’t it apply for most of today’s competiveness in our world?

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Week #3: Idea: Experimenting towards solutions

The main goal of this phase is to add your idea a touch of innovation. But good ideas does not come easily. Most people who had those says that it’s the simplicity which makes good ideas great.

I myself participated in few of the brainstorms and would consider myself as an experienced user. But brainstorming is nothing about your experience or something you know. In fact the less you know the better it is. Brainstorming is not a science, it’s an art. The less you know, the less you borders build for your imagination. If you wouldn’t knew that plains do fly you wouldn’t draw them in the flying in the clouds or even give them wings.

The real pain in the a$$ is two things which really separates you and the great revelation for your idea. The first one is your brain, you ask why? Because our right part of the brain is responsible for radical solutions and patterns which makes sense. The awkward moment is when our brain receives the message that we have some kind a problem it tries to implement most reasonable, easiest solution we know. That’s why at the same time we are so smart, but not very creative when we need it. You remembers those times when you lie down in bed and those great ideas start coming with aureole of revelation to your head? Well that’s because you tricked your brain into going hibernate mode and he starts using left side of the brain more. Damn you brain…

Second part of the obstacle, is again, our brain. We just fear to spread our crazy ideas which seem that will be called stupid and get us embarrassed. That’s why one of the most important rules in brainstorming is no judging, completely. You must give people a chance to shout out their ideas and even encourage them. In start the idea might seem impossible to do, unrelated or any other logical reason that brain gives you. But it’s not the time to decide what is good and what is bad, because most of the time one of those 1000’s of ideas will be really good or either lead you towards another innovation which could turn all your business 180°. 

Now lets try and imagine how should our brainstorm look. The size of it should be somewhere around 3 to 5 people. I find it easier to brainstorm if you gather people around you which you know and trust. If you don’t have any people just do it alone, though I found it more difficult.

You may divide tasks between members of the group, but in my case we never did it, because it’s already rationalizing your way of thinking and building some kind a border for your imagination, so I wouldn’t recommend that. As well as I wouldn’t recommend going into deep discussions about one or other point. Of course that doesn’t count if some idea isn’t explained well.

The whole brainstorm atmosphere should be as much informal, but it may vary depending on the people which do it, but most of the time I’d suggest it doing in somewhere where you feel relaxed. You may even grab couple of beers or anything you like, just go with ‘hanging out’ mood and share your ideas.

There are no real solutions or methodology how to get the best ideas, but these are mine tips which I’d like you to use. Just try out every possibility, because sometimes it may look like an absurd idea that people will decline. But the ideas need publicity like air, because they will die if you not test them with real public and real people. It’s impossible to determine what the 7 billion people in our planet wants, so try to find your target group and you might just have a clue where you’re heading towards.

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Design Challenge and Online Communities

If I had to face with a design challenge I would use all of the tools that can be helpful. I would join a community which is closed to my design challenge. I would do this, because as we know, in these communities we can change experience and ideas, take an inspiration or just helpful advises and opinions. If you participate in community you expand your horizon and your creativity. You can enrich yourself with many different and new thing from totally different people and points of view. This might be really helpful for you and bring you many efficient results while working on your design challenge. The online communities are another positive and good way of development of your skills and knowledge. It a excellent strategy for solving design issue and very successful technique.   

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The use of the online interactions

This week I will reflect on the use of the online interactions. I will do that, because I do not work in group in the project Communities and I need to work only on our personal blog prompt. Unfortunately, this week it’s linked to the group work, so I will share my opinion about the online interactions.

Online interaction provide a great deal to its participants. It’s really useful, because you can get objective opinions and advises from people who you don’t know. And you can be sure that they are very honest, because they are strangers for you and they share exactly what they think.

Another thing that is really important and significant is that you can enrich yourself and your perceptions by the online interaction. Always you can ask for help or advise in order to get familiar with unknown thing and situations. You can improve your skills and develop your knowledge as sharing and taking experience with others in the online spaces.  

The online interaction is a multi-functional process. It includes many of the things you need to develop yourself and your skills in order to become successful in your future career. You can improve your behavior and attitude when interact with other different people. You can get an important information or just to learn some helpful tactics and techniques which will support your goals. The most important is that you can meet people who can help your career and be your main supporters in your business or career.

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Online Facilitation

Online facilitation can be described as the act of managing the learners and the learning through an online medium. In online learning this managing is usually done by a teacher or tutor. Usually it help the impact of online mediums on teacher and student roles, facilitation strategies and theories.

I think that the traditional and online teaching are quite the same. But the online facilitation has some specific traits. The interaction between the students isn’t complete. There is a distance and some mechanic working process. The working atmosphere isn’t the same, you cannot feel it. It’s difficult to change experience and sometimes people get wrong your ideas. 

The greatest trait of the facilitation is that the facilitator (teacher) gives you direction in which you should go and develop. He gives you significant advises and support in order to develop yourself and your goal in an appropriate way and get efficient results. And the interaction with the other group members is important because you learn how to speak in a similar language with them. You develop your tolerance and enrich yourself and your skills learning from their experience. 

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номер два – Research Framework

In this moment of such a rapid technology we have a huge opportunities of creating innovative communities. Facebook is not a new way of community or anything like that. It’s just trendy up to date way of communicating which poped up just in time to  offer people the gap which those days networks (myspace, etc.) missed. It involved short messaging and at that time, better privacy settings (this matter is very much discussed atm., but lets leave it for later).

There are in my opinion way many more interesting networks like couchsurfing.org where people are taking internet connection into real life. Livemocha offers language learning, but it’s special side that you have that community of world wide where people are ready to help you with your struggling learning language. That you could do from home. Although facebook is very well build, integrated with apps and up to date.

Now it’s working corporation. And that what some people scares.

There are many other ways how to reach your community. Not talking about other social networks like twitter and so on, interesting detail that myspace had made it’s comeback. Now with clear face of music social network.

So one thing we may learn from myspace as they did now. You must identify your communities interest. The one main link which connects people. That i think what answers my second question. How you communicate and where it does not really matter, what matter is that you would have really good face of community.

Then you have your fundamentals and can apply innovation, even to your facebook page. Start creating apps, connect your network spread from ebay to wordpress blogging if you need, but with a clear face a network has no limits.

These days we have such a big network. It seems there is no borders, so in order to connect people, we have to build the clear Framework which they may feel and see. The people will join if it’s honest and visible. 

Thank you thank you.

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How can we choose the best technology?

I would say that for me, the personal preferences plays main role in choosing tools. The choice of the tools you work with depends on your business and what you want to reach as well. I always choose technologies which best suits to my goals and I can easily get efficient results.

Everybody’s free to use the tools which they prefer. They have the right to use the technology which perfectly can solve the issues of their individual work and be an  appropriate supporter. But when working in a group we all must respect the desires and preferences of the others. The team must discuss the best tools and technologies for their business, project or ect. And finally, they must pick the best ones and use them.

As a technology steward I would proceed as I do some investigations on the technological needs of our project goal or business and the technological needs of my team. Based on the main needs and the wanted results, I would choose the technologies which can easily and more succesfully support our goal and provide us more efficiency. Then carefully I would discuss them with the others and put them into practice.

Looking at the preferences and perspectives of the others would give me some new knowledge for a technology. It would provide me a new point of view of working principle and other opportunities. But I do not really think that it will change my view as tech-steward. It is because I best can choose the technology for my goal.

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Communication tools

Actually, as I known, most people choose the online communication tools based on their personal...
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“Success is a relative term. It brings so many relatives. —Bernard Shaw”

“Success is a relative term. It brings so many relatives. —Bernard Shaw”
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How to work as a team

Actually, about this project, after 3 weeks I still work it alone. But I think I still can talk...
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