Hey, at least it’s not a repost of old content.
This past week has been incredibly crazy, with a lot going on both in the office and out of the office. Added to that the inevitable slow start after a long weekend, and it made for tough going. We’re nearly at the end of the data gathering phase of the project, and between myself and my team we’ve run over 100 interviews. Data analysis starts this week, which will be its own nightmare, but the schedule will at least be a little more flexible.
In any case though, all this work hasn’t given me a chance to really put together a coherent topic for this week’s blog. So instead it’s a variety pack of a few topics that aren’t big enough to develop into their own posts, but are worth posting anyway.
For the internship, I’ve been in the role of project manager, which has meant planning the execution of the project and overseeing its progress. This week was complicated by events that meant restructuring the project and the team very quickly.
Thankfully, this was made a lot easier by having undertaken a risk analysis at the beginning of the project, looking at the possible issues that could arise along the way and creating strategies for meeting them head on. You’d be surprised how many projects do not even consider the risks, let alone plan for them. But it paid off – each one of the complications had been considered in the project plan, and whilst we still had to put in extra effort as a team to handle things, having already had a strategy in place made the process a lot easier.
So, moral of story – plan for the worst. Create a table that describes the risks, the potential impacts, the magnitude of the impact to the project (high, medium or low), the likelihood of occurrence (high, medium or low), and the mitigation strategies to be put into place. Even if your estimates of impact and likelihood are rough, merely considering the issue and how to deal with it will make your job much easier.
More adventures in Duolingo
Despite all the lack of time at the moment, somehow I’m still finding the odd minute to forge ahead with learning Italian (it’s barely a month until I fly to Milan). Here are some more highlights/idiosyncrasies of the Duolingo platform…
Thanksgiving in July
One of our housemates here in DC is originally from Vietnam, and has never had a Thanksgiving before, so our landlady decided it would be nice to hold a “Thanksgiving in July” at the house, with nearly 20 people turning up. Everyone is bringing something traditional from their Thanksgiving celebrations. Despite not having Thanksgiving in Australia, I’ll be mashing up Australian Christmas and Texan pride by bringing a case of Shiner Bock beer.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving without some football (of sorts). We’ll be retiring to the lounge room after lunch to watch Germany and Argentina battle it out for the cup.
Finishing with an update - of course I would go and write a piece about coffee houses and DC, and then discover a bunch of espresso houses the week after (and get a great list of places from my friend Leeann). Granted, most of them aren’t close enough to the office to visit on a regular basis, but here are some short reviews for three of them:
Bean and Bite (15th St between L and M St): Nice enough coffee, but purely a takeaway affair, and priced like a sit down service. 3.5/5
The Wydown (14th and U St): New, sleek digs and a high quality machine makes for a good (but expensive) shot. Complimentary soda water and biscotti sweeten the deal. 4.5/5
Dolcezza (14th and P St): It bills itself as a gelato place, but they’re just as big on their affogatos, even advertising it for breakfast. The shots themselves are nicely done, though even better in affogato form. 4/5
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