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Community day

DSC_1876All projects are delivered and we are more or less done. A few meetings with IBM management and some of us have some last meetings with our clients, but most of us are completely done.
Last project on the agenda is the community day at one of the Casablanca universities. Jordan, one of our consultants, had a great idea that we all agreed would work great with the students. The day is about being innovative and the excercise is about redesigning a shopping cart. An object that everybody knows and that has looked the same for many years. How could this be improved if you try to think out of the box?
Approx 70 students turned up and after Jordans initial presentation we were divided into groups of 10 and we started the workshop. It was somewhat challenging as their English was at very different levels. I did not have many in my group that were eager to speak English in the beginning. But they softened up and we had some good discussions. The ideas were great and innovative and we had good laughs and thanks to our local IBMer Nabil who could translate when I did not get the whole point we could successfully deliver our idea.
I never studied French and only spoke a few words before coming here, but it is amazing how much you can pick up in a short while. As long as you know what the conversation is about you can use body language and you might not understand everything but you get the context and can have a meaningful conversation.
After the workshop t became a full scale photo session! Everybody wanted our photoes, our email adresses, contact details. Group photoes and photoes with us posing with one student after the other. All done in a very friendly and happy way. We felt like popstars and it was a very unusual experience.
I am very glad we got to do this, gave us the possibility to meet young enthusiastic Moroccans and as they seemed to appreciate our presence so much it actually felt like we made a difference.
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Blue as IBM and Chefchaouen

We rented a minibus and went to Chefchaouen. As have all the other #IBMCSC teams done before us. And even if the drive took more than 8 hours due to a blocked road it was so worth it. A sunny sunny blue day in this very blue town with the blue IBMers. Cannot think of a more blue day!

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Productive

Today we were very productive. Had to be. Tomorrow we are presenting our first analysis of the organisation and we certainly hope that we are if not spot on, then at least very close. If not we will have lost valuable time.

Our group is working out very well together. Great discussions, all taking place with respect and humour. Could not ask for better teammembers.

The days are always interesting. There is always something to observe and be surprised by. Today we saw the window cleaner standing on the outside several floors up with no security at all. We are constantly spoiled by the coffee man bringing us coffey and cookies. We enjoyed a very nice lunch and were marbled by the hectic traffic.

And finally, when leaving the office the view of Casablanca in the early evening light was a beautiful sight.

Keep fingers crossed that our report will be well received tomorrow.

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Not every day you get desert at lunch time.
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Nice location of our office

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Overwhelmed :)

Second day at the client. We had some theories that felt quite good when we left the client’s office yesterday. This morning our director gave us a very impressive presentation of the overall Casablanca strategy until 2018. Our client needs to adjust to this strategy and we are the ones to provide him with the set up of an organisation that fits into this strategy. We might have to work a little more on our theories ;-)

So… this is not everyday work for any of us. And this we knew. So now we need to think think think, be clever, figure out what we can deliver and how to get that done.

All the teams are experiencing different issues but spirits are high and we all feel that we are privilidged to be a part of something like this.

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Consulting work ongoing….

 

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Subteam CRI: me, Samy and to the very right Fabian. Next to Fabian and Sami is Zakaria, one of our contact persons at our client.

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First contact with our client

Yesterday we had our first telephone meeting with our client. When I hung up from the call I was even more enthusiastic about our project.  Our contact person was a very pleasant man and we focused on introducing ourselves and not many details on the project.

However, we are all so keen to understand what we are expected to deliver so the little information we got about the project was like candy to us.  KPI… long term strategy.. HR….   :-)

We will meet Mr Chater on the very formal introduction meeting together with all the other organisations and volunteers on our first working day in Casablanca.  Guess that will be one big day for all of us!

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