Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Lecture 20 - Fri Oct 18 (13-15) - Swartling

Time and place: Friday Oct 18, 13-15 in lecture hall D2.

Title: "Project TEAM work"

Guest: Anna Swartling, Usability architect at Scania CV AB

Talk: Successful project depend on a well functioning project team. But what does that mean in practice? At this lecture, we will examine and discuss these issues together. We will primarily focus on team work, leadership issues, communication and conflict management.

Comment (from Daniel): This is a lecture that has nothing to do with news, but all the more to do with creating successful project groups (and thereby successful projects) during the project phase. This is a lecture where everyone should listen up and pay close attention to what Anna says. You fail to do so at your own risk as this might increase the chance that your project group won't pan out the way you want - and with detrimental effects on your satisfaction about your project, about the course, and perhaps also about your grade. Do remember that everyone in a project groups gets the same grade - so being able to "debug" any problems in the project group can be vital both to your wellbeing and to your resulting grade from the course. Furthermore do note that KTH uses the whole spectrum of the available grade scale - you are in no way "guaranteed" to receive A's or B's or indeed even C's or D's just because you manage to hand in something (rather than nothing) at the end of the term.

About: Anna Swartling is currently working at Scania, one of the premier truck and bus companies in the world. She has a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from KTH. She has long experience of team work and leadership from a variety of different positions and businesses, including KTH school projects, team manager, project manager for computer systems development projects as well as being an actor and a director in theater productions, chairman of several boards and research projects.
Literature: Read Scott Kim's text "Interdisciplinary cooperation" which is accessible in Bilda (Administrative/Literature/131018 Kim.pdf). Although the text specifically treats the difficulties of computer scientists cooperating with graphic designers, the lessons are applicable far beyond this specific case.

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