Doing the presentations with my group is sometimes nerve racking especially when we do not prepare enough, but doing the presentations teaches us how to feed of each other and smoothly transition. I wouldn’t say that there is enough gap between as speakers to say one of us is the outright best. However, I would say one of our best speakers would be Shasta as he mixes in hand motions that clarify his thoughts. Along with concise hand motions he has clear voice and stutters the least out of us all. I can’t really say we have a bad speaker in the group, but if I must state our worst speaker at this point of time it would be Jash because he talks a little too fast instead of making a point. However, I believe we all have our strengths and difficulties as a group but I don’t think speaking is a difficulty as all of us excel at this area.
We generally do not practice beforehand which hinders us. Practicing before not only makes us more confidence but we can catch any mistakes that we have in our slides. Our last presentation was not that successful in communicating the correct and updated information as we weren’t consistent throughout our slides. Our science portion of the slides needed to be explained more thoroughly as we interchanged many words that did not mean the same thing. We also needed to include a competitor’s slides which was one of the biggest downfalls in our presentation. Preparing before the presentation could fix all these problems. I feel like some of the responses on GoSoapBox are repetitious because most of those comments we had heard from Ms. Chou. However sometimes receiving a surplus of viewpoints on our product have helped us brainstorm more ideas for our product. This also helps as we are pulling information from a much larger knowledge database. I do think I am giving good feedback to other teams as I usually try to highlight four bullet points that highlight any problems in their product. In addition, when I give my feedback I try to focus on the product itself instead of small mistakes in the slide, which most people have already caught. We need to make much more improvements to our presentation, but with the feedback of everybody I think we can show the judges a good presentation. I think our prototype won’t be as complete as I would like to. The science of our product I think is very thought out, but at this point we don’t know if it will work efficiently. I think we targeting the right customers so our business side is set. We have also thought about multiple revenue streams so we can have more cash flow. The presentation has some quirks but I believe we can fix them. I would rate our group a 4 out of 5 from our past presentations because we were missing some slides that would have been nice to include. Our speaking during the presentation is good mainly due to our vocal voices. I think we are at the middle of the whole group as some people are really thorough in their presentations as they know what their product will be. Our science right now is not finalized so that is where I think our most trouble comes from.
Doing presentations with my current group members has been very efficient and easy, and a very smooth and simple process. This is because we all understand what to do and say, and have decent communication with each other. I would say our best speaker is Jash Gada, because he sounds very natural when presenting. He also stutters the least, and has good face expressions when talking. He is able to convey his message in a way where he keeps the attention of the listeners, and also sounds very nice to the ears. Shasta Narayanan also does well, but falls just short of Jash generally due to the fact that he may sometimes stutter, and he isn’t as clear when trying to convey his message. I would say that I am the worst speaker, because I frequently stutter unintentionally and have trouble with my volume of my voice during certain times. Shriyanshu Kode is close to being the worst, as he too also stutters and such, but he uses very nice hand motions to improve his body language during presentations, which is why he isn’t the worst. We don’t practice beforehand because we all have participated equally in almost every part of the project, so we understand how to explain each part fluently without practice. Our presentations are pretty decent when trying to communicate what we are trying to accomplish, sell, explain in terms of science, and keep attention. Though there are a lot of things we could improve on currently. We could improve our competitors slide currently, and try to add some more details that are somewhat crucial, and maybe find and add some more competitors. We could improve our business slides and try to think of a wider range of potential selling points for potential customers, because currently we only have a few specific places to sell to, like fishing areas and waterparks. We could improve our science slides to be more clear, and we could add some charts to this section of the slides. Most of the responses talk about the science slides of the presentation, meaning it is the subject we need to focus more on improving in our presentation. Our science slides may be a little confusing to those who don’t know very complex areas, which we had to research a lot to find out, so we may need to go into more depth on those slides to help with clarification. For example, we are using chemicals such as sodium polyacrylate mixed with a combination of water and heat to create a complicated thermal reaction that will dry clothes. Our slides don’t really go into depth of this, so we could explain better. I feel like I am giving good feedback and criticism to the other groups, and feel like my feedback is helping them. With the feedback I get, my group and I have been able to improve a lot of things with our project, such as slides and such, and so I think and hope that my feedback helps other groups the same way. We have fixed many flaws in our product and even presentation with the GoSoapBox comments, and they have been extremely useful. I think at our current state, the judges will view our science slide as a little confusing, so we need to work on it. They will view our product as something unique, but hard to accomplish. For the business, I think it is currently decent, but we need to improve it to seem more professional, and maybe to add some more important and crucial information, as a few areas, like the channels, are a bit confusing. I think the judges will view our presentation as very colorful and informative, but with a few mistakes throughout. I would rate our group near the middle, because we are having a lot of trouble trying to find or build a working product, but we are trying very hard and developing new ways to try. I would rate our group near the middle.
Presenting with my group members is a breeze. But, some members are clearly better speakers than others. The best speaker is Shasta, because he talks with composure and has an assertive, confident voice. Our worst speaker from my point of view is Robert. He is unable to speak loudly and doesn’t show confidence while speaking. Before presentations, none of us believe we have the need to practice before a presentation. We each know our material thoroughly and know what we need to say. In terms of the success, our presentation has not conveyed the science portion to the audience very clearly. The exact science we are going to use behind our product is still unclear. Currently, we are working with sodium polyacrylate, and believe that is our future solution. We get very constructive feedback from Ms. Chou during our presentations. From GoSoapBox, we get some great feedback but a lot of it is just a rephrased version of what Ms. Chou said. But, we did get the idea for sodium polyacrylate from GoSoapBox so it is quite useful. I also try to give constructive feedback to other groups as well to improve their product. I think that the judges will like our product’s presentation and our business plan, but the science aspect is still shaky so they wouldn’t like that part as much. I would rate our group towards the top of the presentations we’ve seen, but still not the top because we haven’t quite figured out the exact science for our product.
Doing presentations with my group members has some pros and some cons. Some of our members are better at speaking than others. I believe the best speaker in our group is Jash because he speaks loudly and clearly. He is able to articulate very well. Everyone in the group is good at speaking, but some stand out and some fall below the others. Robert is one of the speakers that isn’t as good as the others. He has difficulty with speaking loudly and clearly.
Before any presentation we don’t rehearse. The only thing we work on before the presentation is figuring out who does which slides. We are not stressed before the presentation, and this helps us while presenting. I would say we are quite successful at getting our product out to the crowd. I think we could to try to be slightly more enthusiastic while presenting. We could also use different presentation methods to try to the get the audience's attention.
We get a lot of feedback from Ms. Chou and GoSoapBox. These feedbacks help us improve our product and presentation. Most of the comments that we are getting is constructive. While most of the feedback can be applied to our product, some of the feedback is not useful for us.
I believe the judges will like our group’s product. Our group has been working hard and has been improving every week. Compared to other groups, I think we are doing quite well. After watching other’s group’s presentations, I found that we were ranked near the top. We weren’t the best, but we were close to the top.
Our team is usually opened minded to different and unique ideas, but sometimes we can kind of split apart and work on different things. One area where we could improve in is our communication. To communicate we could ask each other questions or help Another place we could improve in is being diligent while working. Sometimes some people can get off task and hinder our output. Communication also ties into this as sticking together and working could prevent some people from going out of task. Our team has very high-energy and passion for our product. Because we know each other outside of SEARCH class we are friendly and not combative at all. However this friendliness can get in our way. Overall, I think we are a balanced group but could make improvements in some areas. A good leader in my perspective does have a temper and doesn’t pull down his teammates. A good leader makes everybody around him better instead of just boasting his own improvements and makes his teammates more passionate about their goal. I don’t think we have put in place a clear leadership, and I really don’t think we need a leadership. Right now we all bounce ideas off of each other instead of passing it through one select individual who controls all the decisions. I think a company can be a true team of equals if they all understand a common goal that they all want to achieve. Getting to know each other can aid in this process to work as equals. In our team I do think it is best if we all are equals and make the final decisions. We’ve had a few minor conflicts but nothing too serious. The conflicts usually had to do with who’s doing what. The most effective strategy to end the conflicts has just been to establish a mediator to listen to both sides and decide. We usually don’t get off task but when we get off task it’s usually when we start talking about something else. Right now there is nobody that I would fire as we have gotten together and worked efficiently. I think personalities are the most important part in the team because sometimes having dominate or arrogant personality team not only hurts that person but brings down his team. I do think friendship should be fostered in a company team since nobody would be afraid to share their ideas. This can increase the brainstorm of ideas ultimately increasing the productivity. Sometimes however this can get in the way but for us that problem hasn’t occurred. Being competitive with each other can lead to a dominant person who does all the work and never lets anybody else do anything. Right now I think our ideas are flowing around but we need to turn these ideas into actions. Our productivity can be increased in order to accomplish our goals. I want to try to have at least one brainstorming day where we talk to each other, make sure we are on the same page and list our next actions.
I think that we are a very open minded and determined group. We each have different ideas, and are very motivated, sometimes too much, to get our own ideas to win. We do know each other personally, and so our group is friendly and cooperative. We are also very motivated and have a big interest in our product, and we each offer something to the project, from coding to 3D design. But knowing each other in a friendlier way leads to more chances of getting off task, which is a big negative. But it also leads to more positives because we know each other’s limits and can push each other to work harder, and not have to spend time figuring out how each person works. Our team interactions are usually full of new ideas and concepts, with everyone doing their part. Our interactions are also very verbal, and we like to speak our mind and offer all of our ideas. A good leader is someone who works with others and only steps in to point out objectives when needed and make hard decisions when others can’t. He leads but doesn’t make it a dictatorship. A good leader is also someone who doesn’t make people do things, but listens to their ideas and works with them to accomplish it. We have established leadership in our group, and it has helped in multiple situations, from assigning positions to helping out with arguments. A company can be a true team of equals, but it is very hard to accomplish and sometimes some kind of leadership is needed. Usually, many find comfort and work well with leadership and something to follow, which is why clear leadership is sometimes required. Conflicts have been managed through discussion or by a “leader” somewhat helping, though we barely have had any. We are all usually on task, but when someone isn’t, we just point it out and they return back to work. Some may not work effectively because we do have some trouble finding a clear goal to reach, as we have just made our companies and are still a bit shaky on our goal. I don’t think I would fire anyone currently, as we are all hardworking and interested in the product we are currently making. The personalities of my team members to me are very important, as having diverse personalities leads to new ideas and interesting discussions. It also helps the group create a better and more unique product. I think it is better if friendship is in a team, as we already know how one another works and functions in a working environment. I don’t think it is good to make teammates compete with each other, as a team is supposed to work together. A competitive team will most likely end up with the team members working separately, so I do not think this is an effective strategy. Right now, our team is operating very well as a group, as we each have our own assignments on what to do, like research or building, but come together when one needs help or when a team is needed to do something. I want to keep adding new ideas and features for discussion to keep everyone progressing forward and keep the project interesting in the next week, as a strategy.
So far, our team has had a high energy level. We have bonded very well, and encourage each other quite a lot. Despite this high energy atmosphere, we manage to stay on task and get our work done on time. By now, we have also established a leader on our team. Robert, our CEO, was a clear leader due to his abundance of ideas, leadership skills, and calm thinking. He makes sure we stay on task and leads the way. Without his great leadership, our company would be nowhere. But, although he is our leader, we all remain equals. Each of our thoughts and decisions carry the same weight and authority. This system we have come up with for our company has really raised us up to the next level, by improving our flow of ideas. I personally believe that working as equals benefits the quality of the product directly, by having a larger pool of ideas and variations to choose from. So far, we have only had one conflict, but it was resolved quite easily. There was a divide between our group on whether our product should have a circular or rectangular shape. We had tied the vote at 2 apiece, and reached upon the conclusion to create an ergonomic design, a rectangle with rounded edges. To achieve this design, we just tried to come up with a compromise, one which incorporated each of our opinions. So far, we haven’t really had a problem to stay on task since we are each motivated to create our MVP product. Each us desires to be part of a successful company, and are self motivated. Since each of us strive for success, we each do an equal amount of work and I have no desire to have anybody fired. As our company has grown, we have bonded further. Each one of my colleagues is close to me now, and we have a very strong friendship within our team which positively benefits the way we work. We each have our own personalities, which assist our company in their unique ways. So far, we’ve been operating relatively well but there are always some days in which we are distracted. As time progresses, we should look to balance work and fun in order to achieve greater success. In the weeks coming forward, we should look to stay on task and maybe establish a reward system if we are unable to stay focused.
Our team has become good friends. We have quite a lot of energy because it is our last class before we go home. Even with all this energy, we stay very motivated to get our work completed. Our team has become very close and we seem to be working extremely well together. I believe that a good leader must not just assign tasks, but complete these tasks with coworkers. A good leader must also see no difference between himself and everyone else. A company can be a true team of equals when the initial leader makes himself just as powerful as everyone else on the team. So far we have had only one conflict. The problem was that we couldn’t decide on the shape of our product. Two people on the team wanted the shape to be a circle, but the other two wanted it be a square. To solve this problem, we simply asked multiple people while doing interviews. Everyone is on task for most of the time and everyone gets their work done on time. As of right now, I don't think I would fire anyone if I could. Everyone on the team are all doing their work and being on task. I believe that having a good connection between the people on the team is very important. Being able to talk to your team members freely is very useful. This means that you can give advice without feeling scared. If everyone is competitive, it would not be good. You would not be able to do anything without making it into a competition. I believe that if everyone has a goal to complete in a certain amount of time, we will be very effective. This is the strategy that I believe will work the best to keep everyone progressing forward in the next week.