Events and Tutorials

Last updated: Oct 27, 2020 at 12:08pm

2.s009 Special Events, Tutorials & Workshops

In addition to the provided resources, 2.s009 will offer a variety of events, tutorials and workshops that are beneficial in building a successful product design team. All tutorials and workshops are optional, but it is highly recommended that at least one member of your team attends each workshop.  

CI Office hours

Communications Instructors Keith Clavin and Amy Carleton
Thursdays, Sep 24-Nov 19, 12:00-2:00 PM
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Communications Instructors will be available for anyone in the class for voluntary drop-in consultations during this weekly office hour session to assist with any aspects of communication in s009, including but not limited to rehearsals for presentations, intra-team decision-making processes, and feedback on documents such as Codes of Ethics, posters, or user surveys.

Training: Credit Card training for all financial officers (required)

Presenters: MIT VPF
Thursday, September 17, 12:00-1:00 PM
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Financial officers hold their team's credit cards. MIT will not issue the 2.s009 team cards until all financial officers complete the MIT training program. Thus financial officer attendance is mandatory. If there are conflicts that can't be resolved, please contact Chevalley Duhart.

Workshop: Slack/Project Management

Instructor Georgia Van de Zande and TA April Anlage
Thursday, September 17, 5:00-6:00 PM
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This one hour, optional tutorial by 2.s009 instructor Georgia Van de Zande and TA April Anlage is intended to help you use Slack and other project management tools most effectively. Remember that consent form you read so that Georgia could analyze your anonymized Slack data? You are the fifth year of 2.009/2.s009 students to participate in this study. Georgia will share results from the first four years, so you can tailor how your team communicates. The 2.s009 website has many new features and a ton of helpful information, and April will show you how to use it most effectively. This tutorial is meant to help you set up for team success!

Workshop: Taking the Bull by the Horns: How to be proactive and set your team up for success

Meta-Yoda Grace Connors and Communication Instructor Juergen Schoenstein
Tuesday, September 22, 7:00-8:00pm
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Highly recommended for SIs and team yodas. You know the structure of your team is important, and that you have a key role to play in the team’s dynamics, but *how* do you actually do it? This interactive workshop will explore ways you can set your team up for success, both structurally and personally. From meeting agendas and group memory templates to facilitation tips and consensus-building techniques, you'll come away with plenty of tools to start the semester out on the right foot.

Training: RFP training for all financial officers (required)

MIT VPF and Chevalley Duhart
Thursday, September 24, 12:00-1:00PM
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Financial officers manage the cash reimbursement process for their team members. This training session explains the process and thus financial officer attendance is mandatory. If there are conflicts that can't be resolved, please contact Chevalley Duhart.

Tutorial: Understanding and Interacting with Users (Part I)

Communication Instructors Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze and Laura McKee
Tuesday, September 29, 7:00-8:00 PM
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Understanding a product's user is critical throughout the design process. This two-part tutorial, designed by the communication instructors, focuses on outreach to users with an emphasis on starting conversations and seeking feedback, especially in a remote context. This outreach effort enables you to understand the experiences, expectations, and desires of users, rather than rely on preconceptions of who they are and what they need.

In Part I, instructors and students will examine the social dynamics of “talking to strangers” through a lens of kindness. In this workshop, we’ll identify potential users for different product concepts and discuss various communication approaches to foster meaningful connections. Leave with ideas for a user outreach plan including questions appropriate for user interviews and tips for reaching out for the first time.

Tutorial: Video Loggers Training

Media Coordinators Danny Goldfield and TJ Wasserman
Tuesday, September 29, 8:00-9:00 PM
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Instruction on using the equipment and tips will be provided during the tutorial, including advice for conducting interviews. Additionally, a plan for weekly check-ins and feedback will be established.

Information Open House

Course Librarians Elizabeth Soergel and Nicholas Albaugh
Wednesday, October 7, 7:00-8:00 PM
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The sketch model presentation requires technical benchmarking, market, and customer information for the ideas that your section is pursuing. Course librarians will be available to help with finding information on your product ideas (market research, patents, etc.). Be prepared with descriptions of your teams’ concepts, what information you have already found, and what you are finding difficult to locate. There should be at least one representative from each section in attendance. Information officers are encouraged to attend.

Workshop: Moderating Design Disputes

Facilitator: Mindy Garber; Zoom host: Meta Yoda Grace Connors
Monday, October 12, 7:00-8:00 PM
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This is a tutorial for SIs, yodas, and anyone interested in how to better handle making tough team decisions, such as your final product selection this week.

In a typical design or development project, an issue will often arise where the team has to decide between separate ideas. It can quickly become a competition, with team members taking sides. Usually there’s a winner and loser at the end of it, potentially disrupting the effectiveness of the team.

This workshop outlines a process that can help a team, in the midst of a dispute, have a productive discussion and create a “win-win” situation where everyone feels good about the final decision.  The process involves inviting a moderator – a neutral 3rd party – to help with the discussion process. This one hour workshop will teach you how to be a moderator and help other teams work through their disputes by spending less time arguing and more time in productive discussions.

Mindy Garber is Chief for Quality/Customer Satisfaction at Parlance Corporation, a company she helped found that develops automated operator solutions for enterprise telephone systems. Mindy also has significant experience as a mediator, having mediated over 250 disputes in small claims, summary process (tenant/landlord disputes), and probate courts within the Massachusetts District court system. Her specialty is helping parties come to a mutually acceptable agreement without judicial intervention. She teaches workshops in negotiation skills, difficult conversations, and dispute resolution.

Mindy has a Masters degree in Engineering from Stanford and a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. She attended Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation and mediator training at Mediation Works Inc. In her free time, she studies languages and ancient history.

SI Communications Workshop

Communications Instructors Juergen Schoenstein and Keith Clavin
Thursday, October 15, 7:00-8:00 PM
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System integrators help keep a team working productively even when milestones approach, opinions diverge, and goals change or expand. Their most powerful tool is effective team communication, especially in meetings, on Slack, and by email. In this workshop, system integrators will have an opportunity to reflect on their experience, and – with some guidance from instructors – develop strategies for planning and running a meeting, engaging team members, and delegating tasks and monitoring their completion. This will also be helpful in bringing together the ideas and practices of the two team sections, which have been working in parallel until this time.

Tutorial: Understanding and Interacting with Users (Part II)

Communication Instructors Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze and Laura McKee
Tuesday, October 20, 7:00-8:30 PM
Zoom Link

Understanding a product's user is critical throughout the design process. This two-part tutorial, designed by the communication instructors, focuses on outreach to users with an emphasis on starting conversations and seeking feedback, especially in a remote context. This outreach effort enables you to understand the experiences, expectations, and desires of users, rather than rely on preconceptions of who they are and what they need.

In Part II, students will discuss their experience to date in gathering user feedback and work together to refine their user testing techniques and generate ideas to get timely and relevant feedback on their evolving designs.

Industrial Design Consultation 1

Industrial designers Jeremy Van Hill and Trevor Dyment
Wednesday, October 28, 6:00-8:00 PM (35-min/team)

Industrial designers Jeremy Van Hill and Trevor Dyment will be available for design consultation. Please sign up for a 35-minute consultation with one of them with your team. Jeremy and Trevor will help you refine the overall vision for the usability and form of your product. Please show up to the consulting session with a images of your design, ready to share on-screen. Your assembly review (or newer design versions) materials may be appropriate. Also, think ahead about aspects of your product form or user scenarios that you are struggling with. Jeremy and Trevor will discuss your design and also sketch alternatives with you. Please take full advantage of this great opportunity.

The consultation schedule is:

Start Time Team Industrial Designer TA Zoom Link
6:00 PM Yellow Jeremy Van Hill Claire Zoom Link
6:40 PM Green
7:20 PM Pink
6:00 PM Purple Trevor Dyment April Zoom Link
6:40 PM Red
7:20 PM Blue

Workshop: Business models

Workshop leader: Via Separations CEO Shreya Dave
Zoom host: TA Lauren Futami
Thursday, October 29, 7:00-8:30 PM
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Shreya Dave will cover the basics of business models, including information about different types of business models, factors that should be considered and how you create a business model. After attending this workshop, you'll have the knowledge to start creating a business model for your product. Shreya will be back again in a few weeks to provide you with feedback about your business models.

Tutorial: Product/Experience Storytelling

Meena Kothandaraman
Sunday, November 8, 6:00-7:30 PM
Zoom Link TBA

Products should help fill a gap, and create value for the people experiencing them. In order to help bring an audience into a presentation to feel the emotions of an experience, stories (often rooted from early research) can help focus on the human element of the product, rather than just the product itself. Meena Kothandaraman (twig+fish research practice, Bentley University) will review storytelling techniques and presentation mechanics that help hold an audience riveted. Come learn how to share a product through stories with emotions and realities that convey value to the people using it.

Workshop: Translating technical information for a diverse audience in (virtual) Kresge

Communication Instructor Jared Berezin
Tuesday, November 10, 7:00-8:00 PM
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How will you tell the story of your product in an accessible, meaningful, and memorable way for the diverse final presentation audience? Inclusive communication can help engage everyone in the room -- from children to technical design experts -- by making the unfamiliar familiar, and the strange relatable. This workshop with Jared Berezin will offer strategies for translating both your product's technical attributes and the reasoning behind your engineering choices. During the workshop you and your teammates will have opportunities to brainstorm comparative explanations, such as metaphors, that evoke imagery and inspire understanding of your product and its attributes.

Tutorial: Product Naming

Beth Marcus
Wednesday, November 11, 12:30-1:30 PM
Zoom Link TBA

Struggling to find the right name for your product? This tutorial by Beth Marcus, a successful entrepreneur, is intended to help you think strategically about naming your product. Please come to the tutorial with a clear sense of your product's core benefit, who it is for, and how you think you will market it. Beth has requested you review the slides before the tutorial.

Also, before the tutorial pick 1-3 well-known brands with name you like. Please come prepared to say why you like it, and what the name tells about the company or product?

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