Team School Outreach: The era of grown-up business

Hello everyone,

Time at Extreme Blue flows very quickly – we barely started, and here we are finishing the second week in the office. Those two weeks were very much about growing – we grew closer as a team, our project matured and we even went from working with school-kids to interviewing IBMers much more experienced than ourselves!

School Outreach at work - preparing a user focus group.
School Outreach at work – preparing a user focus group.

Before starting work at IBM, I thought interns’ life is pretty standard in all companies. Days at the desk, working with some analytic software, closely following one’s boss to learn the most… Extreme Blue is so much more! This week, we want to share with you a few insights into what you can expect if you come to Hursley:

Independence: Instead of having strict bosses, all the teams have Mentors – more experienced IBMers who we can ask for advice on our project. Team School Outreach has mentors for technical issues, good design practices, business aspects of our platform development and submitting patents. With that many people working with us, we are still the ones in charge of any decisions and we have to manage our own work – challenging, but exciting process!

Creativity: On Wednesday, we had to summarise our findings about one of user groups. What better way to do it than come up with an imaginary person and start referring to them like they sit in the brainstorming meeting with you? It’s a fun task, but also allows us to not lose sight of our end-user while developing the platform.

Analytical tasks: And we don’t mean complicated equations or computer-aided statistics. To create the best product, we go out and talk to potential users to find out what they want. From barely structured conversations we then figure out more technical user requirements, what means we have to analyse every piece of information. The discussion can become fierce!

Tanning: Ok, maybe tanning is an overstatement. This week we witnessed the hottest July day ever in the UK, so we moved some of our meetings outdoors and just worked in the sunshine.

Marta and Tom believe sunshine enhances creativity, or at least use that excuse to go out.
Marta and Tom believe sunshine enhances creativity, or at least use that excuse to go out.
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