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At KMD, “projects” form the core of the curriculum.  Even before I joined in April, I began consulting the faculty members as to how I should proceed with the project, as I had no idea about it.  As I gathered some tips, I drafted proposal for some of the ideas I wanted to try.  With several versions of the proposal, I met with some friends and business acquaintances who could give me feedback.  I wrote so many versions of the proposal and met with quite a few people and contacted the companies in the process.

Some say flat out that the concept has no appeal, while others (this was a majority) only implied that they did not like the concept without saying it outright.  Based upon the discussion and meetings, I revised the concept, deleting some items , adding some, etc. etc.  Sometimes going got tough as I had quite a few meetings in which it became very clear that the idea does not fly.

There are some project ideas which have appeal and timely, and yet, for some reason or other, they do not move, despite repeated attempt to explain and convince the executives.   Others undergo transformation and emerge almost as totally new concept.   Sometimes I felt that I was trying to solve the multiple on multi-layered equation simultaneously and the number of equations multiplies every day.  (In other words, it became more overwhelming as we proceeded.)

This is how I have spent my days in the past several weeks,  and now I gave up on one project and have revised another.  I expanded on the one which  began rather small.  It is not fun always, as you have to take so many rejections,  but you can feel that the project has life of its own and is constantly evolving.  I am sure that we will have many more difficulties and obstacles which force us to develop new ideas, change some parts, and probably give up others.  Even though some project dies in the process, it may reemerge again in the renewed form.  We will continue and see how we (together with the project) evolve and transform ourselves.

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    • Jack Shaw
    • August 27th, 2011

    I will be starting the KMD Master’s Program this fall, and have enjoyed reading your posts about joining the faculty. I wish you luck with your project and look forward to learning more about it. Will you be teaching any of the introductory courses this term?

    • yishikura
    • September 1st, 2011

    Hi Jack, this is Yoko Ishikura. Thanks for your comment. We are in the middle of finalizing the proposal for the projects. I will be teaching part of the introductory course, so I will see you in a month!

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