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Month: November 2019

Agile Enterprise Hackathon 2019

Friday, 29th of November 2019 was special for two reasons. Firstly, it was my birthday! Yay for being a year older. Yikes! And secondly, the main point of this post, I attended my first ever hackathon!

I wanted to take part in an event like this for quite some time, so I was excited, even though we had to get up at 4 am and commute for two hours to Milton Keynes.
People in my team were from different backgrounds and professions, few of which were PhD’s, and it was amazing to get to know them and their fields a little bit better. The topic of this hackaton was agile enterprise, and how to help companies become more agile.

After a presentation about agile and results of a research for a fictional chair company, we did few little tasks to help teams better understand agile principles and come up with an issue for which we had to find a suitable solution.

My team had to find a way of “How might we help employees to understand customer’s needs“.
Time to come up with the solution, create a prototype and get ready to present it in front of everybody was only 60 minutes, but I think we did a great job.

Our solution contained two products that complemented each other. First one is an app for customers, where they could see all the products, customise them to their needs and even see the product in their own space using augmented reality. If any additional customisations would be required, the app had buttons to chat or call the company.
The second product was an internal system for the company with all orders data, feedbacks, returns and products which could be sorted to reflect on popularity of a  particular chair.

An app and the internal system would, in our opinion, help employees of the company understand all of the customer’s needs. We had an agile principles in mind while creating our solution. Customer satisfaction is high, the company cooperates with the customer to deliver the best product possible, change is welcome (by allowing modification to the products), and employees can access data to reflect on previous feedbacks.

Turns out, I CAN lead the team (even though few members were PhDs and I’m just a first-year undergrad!) and I CAN speak up in front of the room full of people to present our solution!

I think all teams did a great job and I am happy for my friend Diogo and his team, for winning the prize!

Overall, I learned a lot during the day, met new people and find out that I have some leading skills and can publicly speak!
I can’t wait for my next hackathon!

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logo design assignment

Today is the day.

I am submitting for grading my first big report at Uni, I am quite proud of what I created. Ever since I got the brief for this assignment, I spent most of my free time (which is usually between 9pm and half past midnight), doing the research, designing and producing the logo and outputs and writing 2000 words report.

If you’re curious how the finished product looks like in all it’s glory, you can view it on my Behance portfolio here. For lazy or time-constrained, here are some snippets…

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5 things I’ve learnt from the ‘show your work’ book

Show your work! by Austin Kleon is the book I mentioned in the last post (which you can read here). It’s a nice, easy to read guide, that you can enjoy reading everywhere, due to it’s handy, small format.
Here are 5 things I’ve learnt from this publication:

       1. Don’t be afraid to be an amateur.

Everyone started as one! And being an amateur has some excellent advantages. You are allowed to make mistakes. You try a lot of things out, because you don’t know what works and what doesn’t just yet, so you don’t keep the same path every single time.

So be an amateur, enjoy that phase and don’t compare yourself to someone a few years ahead in their career. It doesn’t lead to anything (anything positive at least). Instead- compare yourself to you from the day/week/month/year ago. See how much you grew!

        2. It doesn’t exist if you don’t share it.

Especially in a tech-y dev world. If you don’t share it with the world, no-one can discover it (or you!). Share and be seen.

        3. Consistency. *the reason this blog exists*

Do something every day and document every little step in your journey. It will be an awesome memory-keeper and you can look back how much you’ve accomplished when you have a bad day and feel like you don’t make any progress. This will also lower your chances of quitting. Successful people are the ones that sticked around long enough and had the perseverance to not give up.

         4. Get out of your comfort zone.

Go out and meet people. Let them get to know who you are and what you do. Talk about yourself! That’s how you build your network and find same-minded souls to collaborate with.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

        5. Teach!

When you learn something new- teach it! Not only this will be beneficial to you, because you truly understand the subject when you can teach it to others, but also the person you taught is gaining a new skill or knowledge. Win-win!

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show your work!

All right… first posts are always weird and hard to write, but I will do my best to make it as little awkward as possible. Here we go!

Hello! I’m Kat. As you can read in a little bio on the right of the page, I’m a first year student of Web Design and Development. But I’m not a typical student… I’m 26, have an amazing three year old daughter, a husband and a part-time job. Oh! I’m also a photographer in a spare time!

Ok, going back to why we are all here. I red a great book recently. It’s actually one of the books from one of my uni modules’s reading list, so thank u, Martin, for putting it up there so I could discover it. The book I’m talking about is “Show your work!” by Austin Kleon.

I decided to listen to the book’s advice and create a little place in the Internet for my development. I will take u behind the scenes of the stuff I do, show my little creations and share more or less organised thoughts of a mature student.

Welcome on board, hope you’ll enjoy the journey with me!

Featured image by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash

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