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The End & a film

Cannot believe it is now four weeks since we were in the minibus from the hotel to the local IBM office. Today we are here again! Informal but interesting meeting with the management of IBM Morocco, but also with one of the Geo Marketing Leaders who was truly inspiring.

I was so impressed! As a recruiter working out of a small office in a small country I do not often get to meet our execs and Edwin Baba was delightful to listen to. He had so much insight on both Africa and the rest of the world. He could relate to all of us and he gave us the opportunity to ask about the market, the region, the challenges and the opportunities. This man was very carismatic and I was under his spell for the 45 minutes he was in the room!
We are all now aware that goodbye is close! There are many ways of looking at a goodbye. Of course I will be sad to see them all go, to probably never see them again. This group has been almost too good to be true! No arguments, all teams have worked well, treated eachother with respect, kept track on eachother so everybody would be ok.
But I am more happy than sad. The experience that this project has given me, & us, is very different from any other experience I have had. I treasure it, and I hope that I will be able to see things in somewhat different perspectives going forward. For sure I will laugh to my self when I am impatient of time and remember that keeping time just might not be as important to everybody else as it is to me. So maybe I can just relax a little about it.. at least when outside Sweden 🙂
Closing this blog with the warmest greetings to all my new friends, colleagues and contacts. Thank you all for making this voluntary experiene so rewarding. To Sami and Fabian – you have been the very best teammates and I am proud of our project which would not have been the same if it was not for the both of you. Dreamteam 🙂
Spend 3 minutes looking at a video I made about our days.. 🙂

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The project is now delivered

After a long day of waiting we finally delivered our presentation at arround 6. pm. As our project is confidential to our client the audience was small but we had their full attention and the discussions were good. It tooks us almost 3 hours to get throuh it all but since that was due to good discussions it was well spent time. We are actually never nervous that our client would not be happy as he knew most of the deliverables beforehand.

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Found it very cool to have a fancy dinner at Rick’s Café. 🙂
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Dinner with our Director, a very inspiring man. I liked this man from day one and hope that there are many others like him in leading positions in Morocco. His mindset and plans for the country are those of true leader!

After the presentation he took us to a late dinner at the famous Rick’s Cafe which was a very pleasent experience. We all know that the Casablanca movie was not actually shot in these premises but the atmosphere took us right into the movie anyway and it is a wonderful idea to create this restaurang as it is a great tourist attraction and not easy to get a table as it is very popular.

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Presentation tomorrow

This morning the first group was all dressed up, a little nervous and on their toes. Today was their presentation day.

Ours is tomorrow. I am not that nervous. We do not have a huge audience to present to as our project is somewhat classified and we have already discussed our findings with our client so we know that we are on the right track.

But still..  it is important that we present it as good as possible. And we will!

Tonight Fabian and I took a taxi down to the beach and spent some time with our cameras. Fabian is a brilliant photographer. I am technically nowhere near him but still enjoy taking photos and just feel the salt, the wind and listen to the sound of the big waves.

Now.. back to the hotel, might read up a little more on the slides… 🙂

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Deliverables!!!

Work is progressing!!  All groups are now confident that they will be able to deliver as per the scope of work statements. Happy days! Discussions on our deliverables are always a topic when we meet for breakfast and for lunch and for dinner. The projects are always present.

As most of our projects are linked together in the way that they are all dealing with employment it is interesting to learn about the others. Two of the groups work in the city and we often meet for lunch. This is a good source for input, sharing ideas and finding new ways of looking at an issue.

Next week is presentation week and as we are also doing a Community day, so time is now limited and our projects are definately in the final phase.

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Looking back only 2,5 week it is difficult to grasp the extremely quick process we have gone through. First to understand and agree on the scope of project. Of course our clients wants as much value as possible, but we are limited by time. Then into collecting data and facts, making sure that we have the full picture and can identify the problem. Next phase.. what is the solution? Think think think, work, discuss, think. And then when we have a solution. Document and make it presentable!   So.. today’s question at the lunchtable was “how many pages are your final presentation by now?  Ours is approx 45 pages, but that is the presentation only. On top of that we have the accompanying files with data and process descriptions and other info that is necessary to the client.  So.. after only 2,5 week we surely have created a lot of valuable information to our clients!

Tonight there will be a meeting in the hotel to report status to our program leaders and then a dinner! Tomorrow is Friday and we are off to Marrakesh for the last weekend trip.

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