Squared Online – lessons from Project One

If you’ve been following my Squared Online journey, you’ll know that we completed our first group project last month. In my last blog post, I said how happy I was with our completed project and that I thought we’d do really well.

We didn’t.

In fact, we received the pass mark. To say we were disappointed would be an understatement but after a little digging, we found that actually a lot of groups had received just the pass mark (6) or a 7. The feedback from our marker was rather frustrating as at times it seemed a bit too vague. For example:

“Provide compelling evidence to support your business ideas ability to deliver long-term growth”

We were asked to provide ‘compelling evidence’ but given no indication as to what this compelling evidence should have been. Suffice to say we challenged our feedback and were pleased to receive more detailed comments and also one section where our score changed from a 6 to a 7.

Having looked at some of the other group’s presentations, which were shared via our Google Plus group, it was clear that we hadn’t gone in to as much detail as those who scored higher than us.

Lessons learnt:

1. Much more is expected than is defined in the project brief.

2. If you think you’ve done enough research, you haven’t.

3. Make sure your audio covers more than what is already on the slides. Our feedback was that we needed to add more depth.

4. Two areas that really seem to matter in terms of marking are: originality of your idea and scalability.

5. Don’t be afraid. We weren’t happy with our feedback so we challenged it. This ensured we had more detailed feedback to actually learn from and put in to practice.

Our next project is due next week and we’re hoping to improve on the last score. So, watch this space!