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Innovation is an idea successfully brought to the market that creates a new value, often for both user and enterprise. Innovations sometimes involve inventions, but not necessarily always. Innovation is often driven by technological advancement, but neither necessarily. Companies that innovate are able to set the organization in a different paradigm in order to identify new opportunities and best methods to solve current problems.
In this module, students will work in 4 member-teams with the objective of creating a prototype that “solve” one of Humanity’s challenges which each team can choose as they please.
SKILLS TO DEVELOP
- Students will learn to capitalize on their strengths. Basadur test measures states, not traits. It is a tool to help an individual, team, or organization to understand how to increase creativity and innovation in a supportive environment.
- Students will learn to apply human-centered techniques -design thinking- to solve problems in a creative and innovative way.
- Students will learn to empathize with potential customers and train themselves through prototype testing. -lean startup methodology
During this month students are going to study the unit EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION.
“Effective communication sounds like it should be instinctive. But all too often, when we try to communicate with others something goes astray. We say one thing, the other person hears something else, and misunderstandings, frustration, and conflicts ensue. This can cause problems in your home, school, and work relationships. For many of us, communicating more clearly and effectively requires learning some important skills. This module is to help understand that effective communication is about more than just exchanging information. It’s about understanding the emotion and intentions behind the information. As well as being able to clearly convey a message, you need to also listen in a way that gains the full meaning of what’s being said and makes the other person feel heard and understood.”
Students are going to learn different techniques that will help them to transmit their messages adequately and sell their personal brands if they need to, using an appropriate voice tone, vocabulary and body language for their purposes.
Students will be able to train their communication skills by recording themselves in a video. They will be able to attend two online lessons from the expert María Pedroviejo where she will provide them with useful communication strategies and pieces of advice to put in practice both in their personal and professional life.
SKILLS TO DEVELOP
- Students will learn how to correctly organize their speech taking into account the channel, the message, and the audience.
- Students will learn how to focus on their strengths and maintain concentration when giving a presentation.
- Students will be able to understand that the way they convey a message is more important than what they actually say and put this concept into practice.
- Students will have the necessary tools to talk in public spaces and transmit different emotions with their voice tone.
We have studied agile and project management methodologies so that students could learn how to face the management of a project with multidisciplinary teams effectively. They have understood how to use project management techniques and how important communication is for these type of works.
Moreover, the students have developed a project in groups managing one of the 7 Artemis missions proposed by NASA that has the ultimate objective of establishing human colonies there by 2028.
The task to do (1st to 29th of July)
Students were part of a bloc. Each bloc had a specific Artemis mission assigned and it was composed by 7 Gaia and 1 Bridge groups (another program). Each group only worked in one of the eight assigned different aspects of the mission: logistics (they developed the Work Breakdown Structure of the mission), team coordination (The organizational Chart), environment (The Environmental Impact Assessment), law and finance, (The budget), engineering (The prototype), culture and education (The kanban), risks (The risk matrix) and innovation (for Bridge students).
Even though each team delivered its own activity, all the activities of the same bloc had to be connected having information from the other groups of the bloc.
Feedforward: next time do it even better (29th of July to 2sd of August)
The students’ activities were well developed in general as they have communicated with the other members of the bloc, delivering an activity with everybody’s information.
We can say that they have understood the difficulties of working with different teams in charge of different aspects that were essential for developing their own part. They have developed their parts effectively and they have learned how to communicate and work in teams, even though it was a challenging task.
They also have learned how difficult missions, such as the NASA projects, need to be developed and how important is to manage them well from the beginning.
We can, therefore, confirm that the activity have been a success and they have enjoyed the task.
Environmental Impact Assessment. Carlos Sanz, José Ramón Roldán Roldan, Jesús Suárez Álvarez, Irene Méndez Martínez Bloc 11- Mission 4
Video. Marlon Molina, Technology Specialist, Director at Computerworld University, with an introduction of Project Management and a further explanation of what project management is.
We have studied the “Seven Elements of Negotiation” and the roots of the Win-Win Negotiations based in finding solutions that work for everyone.
Our students improved their skills to be able to make effective decisions, to manage projects in an assertive way and to find the best option to a negotiated agreement.
The contents have been studied by solving a proposed case-study: the performance of an “Employment Offer Negotiation”.
The activity has been developed in groups of 4 students, 2 students took part in the negotiation as a Recruitment Manager and his Assistant while the other two students played the roles of the job candidate (a recent MBA graduate) and his agent.
The task to do (3rd -24th June)
To develop the negotiation, students were personally assigned with a role (Recruiter manager or Job offer candidate) and received confidential Instructions for playing that role. Following these instructions, students, first designed their negotiation strategy and their BATNA (Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement) and second, they when into a real negotiation with the other party, and they recorded it.
Feedforward: next time do it even better (24th-26th June)
On the whole, students’ activities were well developed since they played accurate roles in negotiating job conditions.
The most common difficulty for them has been figuring out possible ZOPA regions (Zone Of Possible Agreement) before going into the negotiation since it required an extra difficulty of analyzing possible situations in advance.
One of the challenges of this activity was the group work. After the activity has ended we can say that it’s been a success.
Tatiana Cuervo Blanco, Eid Maraqah and Sara Díaz Monedero, GAIA Students during their negotiation performance:
Negotiations Scenerio: Salary Increase. Source: William Lightfoot, Youtube
During this month students are going to study the following topics: Project Management, Agile, Public-Private Partnership, and Project Appraisal
Nowadays, managing projects is an essential skill as more businesses use projects to implement change in their organizations, or at least to stay in the game. In this way, project management is a success, not only for the the organization but also for its clients and reputation.
The overall module aim is to enable students to improve their project management skills in order to be able to manage work projects effectively. Thus, the students will learn how to apply key project management techniques and tools to their job to make their assignments more successfully
Moreover, due to the 50th anniversary from the arrival of the human being to the Moon, the activity will be done managing one of the seven Artemis missions proposed by NASA, that has the ultimate objective of establishing human colonies there by 2028.
In addition, the activity is going to be developed in collaboration with the World Space Week of October 2019, so the best blocs are going to have the chance of explaining their proposal to several enterprises, some of them are associated with ESA and other public organizations, such as CSIC, INTA, etc.
The required tasks to complete are:
- Attend to the online lessons taking place on the 3th, 17th, and 24th of July
- Develop a project of a specific aspect based on one of the seven Artemis missions in groups. Those groups will form part of a big bloc formed by other seven Gaia teams, and one group from another program, Bridge.
- Each group must work on its aspect of the assigned Artemis mission.
- All the groups of the bloc must be in constant communication with each other as they all will need the information of all of them to perform their tasks effectively.
- There is another optional activity done individually about Project Appraisal to analyze, economically, how to introduce WIFI in the first city of the Moon.
SKILLS TO DEVELOP
- Students will learn predictive and agile methodologies of project management.
- Students will understand the importance of managing a big project with several participants.
- Students will comprehend how to keep constant communication with different partners.
Video The Artemis missions and the activity of project management told by a young student, Nuria Rovira, currently working as an trainee in Gaia, who has acted as a “living lab” for this activity.