MOCK PRESENTATION WEEK
As we move into week four it is the last week that we will be contacting our client via Skype. Only ten days stand between us and our flight to India before we meet our client, Subros. We spent our last Skype call with the client talking to the marketing and production planning departments for Subros. Our discussions with the various departments are better helping us understand how Subros operates and how each department communicates. Our questions focus on how each department uses sales forecast information to inform their material resource planning. It seems that there is some misalignment between the information that the production planning department receives and what the marketing department receives. One of our main recommendations for our client that we plan to present is methods for improving communication between departments and between our supplier, Subros, and their main customer, Maruti Suzuki.
On Thursday, May 1st of week four we had our mock presentation which we gave to another faculty member and various other alumni. Our presentation went over the approach we took to solve our clients problem, the final recommendation we suggest, and what business value that recommendation has for the client. We were nervous to give our presentation but it was a great opportunity to practice before we have the even more important presentation in front of our client. The judges gave us some great advice about how to better present and frame our problem and other routes we should look into to help solve the problem. The day was full of presentations for every CAP country and after all the presentations we had a reception.
The reception after our presentations provided a great opportunity to unwind and ask the other groups about their experience so far. There was food representative of each country that our CAP groups will be going to, which was a great way to sample the local cuisine before we leave. The GWSB program office also provided a printed overview of each project so we were able to get a more concrete idea of the types of projects each country was working on.
While it may be one of the last weeks of the semester and it feels like our project is coming to end, we know that it is only just the beginning. Once we get to India we look forward to meeting our client in person and catering our recommendations to the business needs the client has. We hope to make a difference and cannot wait to get on the ground in India to start seeing the client’s business firsthand.
Post written by Patrick Legendre