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Conceptualize It

Subject: Future of Work

Create and present a visual rendition, model, simulation, wireframe, flowchart, or prototype of the solution. This is your opportunity to imagine the best ways to visually communicate the outcome of your project.


What does your implementation look like?

Using our previous process journal posts as inspiration, we decided to create a style guide. Justin took the first steps of just looking at the the definition of impact, using the way the word was split up.




As a team, we came together and defined the brand mission, core principles, brand personality, and mood board. These items would serve as the basis of how we run our operations, design, marketing, and more. Before Alyssa started the design and mockups, the team also created a flow chart of what the user would see and how they would interact with the solution. After this was finalized, Alyssa created mockups of the application and the user flow. Although the user would most likely start from the desktop, it made more sense to create the mobile version first and translate that to desktop rather than the other way around. As a team, we went through the first design iteration, seeing how we could make a few tweaks. 

One example was how we transitioned the colors from a gradient of magenta (feeling like love) to a gradient of orange (feeling warmth). The team also made minor changes like matching the font of the header and box text in addition to the order which the content popped up. We had to keep in mind that the first version of the solution would just connect people to other individuals and passion projects. Later on, the solution would provide online collaboration tools or access to different API’s, making communication and seamless for the users.


How will people interact with it?


Our users would interact with our solution digitally first on the web (or on their smartphone if they live the on-the-go lifestyle). They may be searching for different jobs to pivot to or discover various ways to pursue their passion through their work. After discovering potential passion projects to work on, the user would apply and get connected to the individual or group that posted the position. The user would then be able to continue communicating with the other individual or group on their smartphones through the application. Both parties can communicate and agree upon how they will execute the project together. The user would either learn something new by working with others or contribute with their expertise and passion. After using the solution for various projects, individuals would then be able to see a list of previous projects they worked on and the current projects they are working.

Another way that the user would interact with the solution is by posting opportunities either as an individual or as an organization. After setting up their account, they could post the name of the project, some background information, and what type of positions are needed. Individuals would then apply to these postings and communication would start between the various parties, discussing how the project will be split up.

Through many projects, users could earn money by working on projects they are passionate about or apply their skills to non-profit projects.

Use Case Scenario

The Pivotor - Jane

Jane is the VP of finance at a large fortune 500 company. She started her career there straight out of college and has built her way to the top for over 15 years. Jane knows that she is good at running the company and its finances but knows that there is only so little she has left to learn. She wonders what her life would have been like if she pursued her passion, drawing and designing graphics. During her free time, Jane does design different art pieces and share it with her family. After constant feedback from her family about pursuing her passion, Jane decides to look at potential ways to spend more time designing outside of work.

One day, she googles and discovers imPACT, a solution that allows you to connect with others and pursue your passion project. Exploring more of the front page, she sees the option to create a profile, which entails to some simple information like a profile picture and an introduction. There are some options to include some of her social media links like LinkedIn and Twitter. She puts that her professional experience is in finance but her passion is in design. Below this, she finds a empty gallery where she can showcase her previous artwork. After finishing her profile, she searches the keyword “design”, discovering a wide range of opportunities to contribute to.

One project that real captures her attention is web design through a small e-commerce startup, but she has no experience at all in this particular field. Out of curiosity, Jane applies for this opportunity, and is automatically connected to the startup and is able to introduce herself and why she is interested in a chat. Moments later, she receives a response from one of the representatives. They looked at her profile and are very impressed by her artwork. Seeing her potential, the startup offers her the opportunity to work and learn from one of their UX designers since they need a lot of help.

Excited, both sides connect on the best practices for work and communication, slowly transitioning away from the app chat. The startup closes the position and Jane’s profile now shows her working on the current project. Their agreement is that she can work on it after work hours and on the weekends. Jane now has the opportunity to continue her stable job while learning web design after hours.

Once the web design project is over, Jane’s profile shows the previous project and the web design she worked on. Thankful for the opportunity, she realizes that her company needs to revamp their operations and utilization. Looking for a operations consultant, she asks her team to post a position on imPACT, looking for someone who is passionate about optimization and business strategy. They find a match and go through the same process that Jane went through previously.


What are the processes or systems involved for how it functions?

Through Brian’s leadership, our team was able to develop the UX design of the process and system of our app and website platform. To see the live flow of the application, Alyssa utilized Adobe XD, testing various layouts and combinations. In order to make this solution go live, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration from the technology side. Some design solutions that could be used to create the final mockups could either be Adobe Illustrator or Sketch. To build the website, the team could either build the code from scratch or build off a framework like bootstrap. The pros of using bootstrap would be keeping the design liquid and mobile responsive. Javascript and python would be a few languages that would help run the solution. Leading to the mobile development, we think making the application iOS specific first would make sense since the majority of our target market uses an iPhone. Later on the roadmap as our product grows globally, we would create an android specific application Since this application is data input heavy, we would need to create a reliable infrastructure. Although on the pricier side, AWS (Amazon Web Services) would be the most ideal, being able to store and process data at a fast rate. They would also maintain the servers needed to store and run the data. Later on in the roadmap, these servers would be capable to run Machine Learning algorithms (AI).


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With so much data being involved, the data tables would need to be structured correctly. One thing to take into consideration is how the data will be used from the user’s needs and the organization’s needs. The data may look the same but the intentions of the data need to be specified in order to make the solution work seamless.

The website would need a domain and be hosted while the mobile application would need to be posted into the app store in order for the users to reach the solution.


Who are the primary stakeholders involved and what is their perspective on the solution implementation?

Individual Freelancers - The opportunity to participate in a project aligned with their passion.  The ability to pivot careers with a mentored learning experience without the heavy risk.

Corporate Organizations- The opportunity to discover new talent, to assemble new teams of people with new ideas and to execute projects that people are passionate about.

Non-Profit Organizations-  The ability to outsource work from high- profiled creatives and freelancers that are passionate about the organizations mission and work.

Start-up Organizations-   Low Risk outsourcing of talent to achieve tasks and projects that are outside the initial budget constraints of an organization.

imPACT Team-  Contribution to the Future of Work and how we work.  The ability to facilitate connections between the individual and the large organization through passion projects.

Process Journal #8 - Evaluation

Subject: Future of Work

Reflect on the methods and techniques that are most appropriate for evaluating the performance of your groups implementation and summarise those thoughts in a new post in your process journal.. 


In this stage of evaluation, it is important to revisit benchmarks that we put forth at the onset of this project.  Measures of success to check against would include:  the execution of the app and website- followed by individual use and subscription to the app. Next the posting of projects by organizations: corporate, start ups and non-profits.  Then the connecting and completion of these two parties.    It important to understand the importance of iteration in this phase to really fine tune and focus.  We were able to internally use peer review, as well as outside feedback.   It has really been an amazing experience to collectively be open to critique and push forward with the best ways and practices to execute and deliver this problem solution.


How do you assess the outcome of the various phases of the creative problem solving process that your project has gone through?


There will be data collected and polls/surveys that can help quantify specific goals.  As well, as just qualitative testimonials. The results will be from a third-party facilitator. In addition, the information obtained can be put against peer review and user success.


This success  could be rated best on matches between organizational projects and individual freelancers, the completion of projects and the returning organization and individual use.  Improvements will be made and continually modified as per user needs- both individual and organizational.  Some things will be useful and will be needed to expand upon.  Other things will have to be deleted or altered accordingly to user needs. 


At this point- we will layout a 5 phase production timeline.   The user interface and interaction is important to see what iterations are needed to make this solution more effective.  Only time and use will tell.


ICT4MEPs: A digital workplace bringing MEPs closer to the EU citizens while working in their constituencies

The way we work is changing. Today Members of the European Parliament need more collaborative and connected environments to work flexibly, mobile and or remotely. This is what the ICT4MEPs project does. It brings new services designed to improve connectivity, anywhere, any time and facilitate MEPs and assistants’ lives by making mobile working more efficient and comfortable.

The core components are collaboration, finding and sharing of information, access to applications and systems as well as to internal communications.

A digital workplace to support the way MEPs work

The ICT4MEPs project is one of DG ITEC’s flagship initiatives aimed at providing extended IT support to Members of the European Parliament and their assistants, both in the European Parliament’s premises and in their constituencies. The project creates a digital workplace for MEPs, which allows for mobility and efficiency anywhere, facilitating a collaborative experience. It is part of the European Parliament’s Strategic Execution Framework and its Parliamentary Project Portfolio (PPP).

To develop this project, DG ITEC started by collecting and analysing user needs and requirements. The feedback received showed that MEPs and their assistants needed to communicate better about European affairs to citizens and to be more accessible to them. It became clear that MEPs and their staff need more and more flexibility, to enable assistants in different locations to work together, using private devices if needed, and to allow access to European Parliament’s tools from outside just like from on-site.

With this in mind, the ICT4MEPs project improves interoperability, communication and collaboration, not only between local and EP offices, but also from anywhere. The proposed solutions focus on a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach enabling easy remote access to applications, offering collaborative workspaces and videoconferencing tools, and extending IT support. Thus, they facilitate MEPs and assistants’ lives, making for a more flexible, effective and comfortable work environment.

What are the services available?

The ICT4MEPs project is looking to the future, offering a truly digital and collaborative workplace, flexible, mobile and seamless, anywhere and anytime. This agile working is enabled by the inclusion of tools that MEPs and theirs assistants need to work effectively within a digital workplace.

  • Provision of IT accounts to local assistants

Local assistants based in Members’ constituencies can now be granted an IT account giving access to European Parliament’s ICT systems and applications and other tools such as infrastructure services and collaboration services.

  • A toll-free number for extended IT support, available in all 28 Member States

To better support MEPs and assistants working from anywhere, DG ITEC provides extended IT phone support. There is now one unique toll-free phone number that can be reached free of charge from anywhere in the EU.

  • Members’ Collaborative Space for document production and exchange

The Members’ Collaborative Space (MCS) is a shared workspace that allows MEPs and their assistants to collaborate, coordinate activities, store, share and display selected.  Available both on computers and on mobile devices, it is possible to work on documents together and keep track of changes thanks to the versioning functionality.

  • Remote access to office desktop computer

The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) allows MEPs and their assistants to have access from any device to the same IT environment they have their office desktop (software, network, internal sites).

  • Videoconferencing service

To enable videoconferencing from anywhere, using a desktop computer, phone or a personal device instead, DG ITEC has introduces a collaborative tool that provides instant messaging, contacts’ availability, audio, video and desktop sharing, thus improving communication in the work environment.

Process Journal #7: Implementation

Reflect on the methods and techniques that your group plans to use to communicate the ways that your project should be implemented and summarise those thoughts in a new post in your process journal. How do you most effectively pitch your idea to various stakeholders? How do you visually communicate the objects, environments, systems, processes, and interactions involved in your project implementation?

To kick off this process, we went back to MURAL.  We imported the business canvas and broke out each section into sticky notes that we could each place specific ideas for that area of the business model.  We did this separately and then came together to discuss each post it and how it would fit or not fit into the model.  This was my first time working on a collaborative business model and it made it A LOT easier.  It’s a great way to validate or eliminate ideas for your business idea. 

At one point in the process, we talked to Grant who shared his own stories of his career - the ups and the downs.  We realized that most people we have talked to about this topic have a story to tell.  We will use these stories to drive empathy within our pitches. 

Our implementation plan will have several steps and include several different visual techniques for pitching to stakeholders. To start off, we are going to need to raise capital in order to get this project off the ground.  The expenses we have preliminarily calculated include personnel, databases, servers, advertising, development, physical space and beyond.  In order to do so we will need to build a VC specific deck that includes cost structures and planned revenue streams, wireframes or mock ups of the website/app, user personas, and highlight the benefits of the individual user and larger corporations.  We will lay out exactly how we plan to use their investment and our desired results in order to build trust within our investors. 

Additional visual components that will help us pitch our idea/business model include:

  • Wireframing the website and application to show how users will experience this service.  We will show the B2B experience and the B2C experience and how connections are formed. This particular visual aid will be helpful when selling the experience to users.
  • Illustrating the UX Experience will be a great visual to aid in our presentations. How will the app look?
  • Creating the business model Road Map will allow stakeholders and investors to see our short term and long term plans.  A service like this model will take several stages in order to successfully implement and reduce overall risk.  We will certainly start out with a facilitated beta test in order to identify any problematic areas.
  • Forming a Budget will also be extremely helpful for pitching to investors.  How much capital do we need to get started? How much will we need once we hit our first benchmarks?
  • There is no doubt that this business model carries risks and additional opportunities.  We will highlight these through a thorough SWOT Analysis. We want to be transparent about our analysis. 
  • Forming our brand will also be crucial.  We will work on logo designs, color palettes, mission statements, and beyond in order to form a brand our users can identify with!
Business Model Canvas

Subject: Future of Work

Complete a Business Model Canvas comprising key questions such as what is your revenue stream, what are key partnerships you’ll need to forge, and what resources are vital to your operation. The more detailed your canvas is, the more informed your implementation will be. Create a new post in your process journal with the completed canvas document.

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Key Partners

In order for our business model to function optimally, we will seek strategic partners. These partners include corporations looking for part time help, start up businesses looking to build strong teams, shared spaces where freelancers can often be found like WeWork, and volunteer organizations. These types of partners will provide projects for our future users and help build the reputation of our brand.

Key Partners are important for our early stages and long term plans. Strategically we plan to bring on Corporations and Startups who are committed to creating projects for freelanced assembled teams to join in the beta phase.  In addition, work spaces like WeWork may be inclined to offer their members this opportunity to be an early adopter. We recognize that some of our competitors may actually be partners in the future as the entry point and exit point to our platform. There is possibility to align with online educational spaces, as well as incorporate the collaborative digital tools into and accessible by our platform.

Key Activities

To make this business successful, there are a few key activities we would need to accomplish. In order to make the solution successful, the team would need to develop with user research and feedback incorporated. Understanding the mindset of our target market and potential users will help us create user personas and develop a consumer-centric solution. Having a consumer-centric solution will help us with user adoption in the long term. It would also be key for us to create a services blueprint, showing and helping us understand when our consumers use our solution and what steps are needed to give them the best experience. This can also show us some resources we can share across our services or the pain points that need to be addressed. After some discussion, we see our users understanding the solution and its services through their desktop. Once they have made their connection with their passion project or company, they can communicate on the go using our application. We need to make sure that the solution not only allows people to connect with their passion projects, but also provides them opportunities to grow professionally. Other key activities to ensure is that the user data and software is ran on reliable servers like AWS, design a UX that empowers the users, connect like-minded people through profiles, and set up a our business account (banking, HR, team infrastructure, and more).

Key Resources

We have decided on Key Resources that will allow our business to scale accordingly. On the onset, we will need physical resources like a creative space whether digital or physical. We will also need a domain and data storage center. From an IP standpoint we will need to implement Machine Learning, adjust for Network Growth, formulate a strategic plan, create a Production Schedule in Phases and perform an Competitive Landscape/ SWOT. The Human talent and resources will be developers both for the technical and business development, marketers, operations/ finance/ HR, as well as project leaders and facilitators. Financially, we will require a bank account, funding both personally, as well as form VCs. There is potential for some crowdfunding opportunities for some of the non-profit activities.

Value Proposition

The Value Proposition that our app and platform provides to customers is two-fold. One customer is the Individual  freelancer; we will be enabling them to pivot careers, pursue their passions, find connections with other team members/ mentors, build their portfolios, transition with ease and take appropriate risk. For the Business organizations, we will connect them with the best talent for their project, headhunt potential full-time employees on trial run, freelance a team and connect and organize. Great value can be awarded to all parties involved.

Customer Relationships

The expected Customer relationships are as follows: Our Business to others Businesses, Our Business to the Individual User and Individual users to connect with each other. We act as a platform to create jobs, matchmaker, guide/ mentor, as well as perform the role of teacher and professional developer through training that we provide in future phases.

Channels

Since imPACT is a business that focuses on remote collaborative work that brings like minded people together to pursue their passions we will rely on remote collaborative platforms to target our audience.  We will certainly be advertising on social media channels like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  In addition to the tradition social media / advertising platforms that help target ads to the correct audience we will also utilize blogging or channels platforms like Medium.com.

We will also need a sales team to form and build relationships with larger corporations, non profit organization, freelancers, and starts up that might benefit from using a service like ours. We will avoid cold calling but rather generate prospective partners or users through targeted advertising.  Once a few key relationships are established, we will start to lean on our referral system to continue to grow our user database.

We can also utilize job posting websites like Shapr.com and LinkedIn.com to advertise the possibility of owning your own “small business” through managing several small projects you are passionate about.  This will be a great tool for entry level employees looking to find their passion and build a portfolio through exploration.

Customer Segments/ User Types

Our target audience includes several categories.  We have identified these personas as the following: The Hustler, The Adder, The Pivoter, The Impactor.  

The Hustler is a freelancer that is looking to maintain steady income through several projects.  

The Adder is looking for supplemental income while exploring their passions and building a portfolio that might also prepare them to move into the Pivoter role.  

The Pivoter is someone who feels stuck in a position or feels out of place in their current role and wants to explore other opportunities while still having the security of their full time job.

The Impactor is someone who is looking to become more involved with non profit or volunteer organizations.  The Impactor might be young and curious and can start to build an entry level portfolio through project based work while making a social impact.

In addition to these user personas, we are also targeting larger corporations, non profit organizations, start ups, or freelancers that could benefit from using our platform to build strong teams and help their project keep momentum. We will help these project facilitators connect to their strongest teams.

Cost Structure

There are some costs that the team needs to consider before starting this endeavor. In the beginning (first three months), we would need full-stack developers to help create the solution on desktop and mobile. To create a PoC (Proof of Concept), we may need 3 full-stack developers, costing about $60,000. To set up our reliable technology stack and infrastructure (like databases and servers), we would need about $6,000. We can work out of an office or co-working space like WeWork for about $4,1280. The marketing campaigns would cost about $4,050 if our goal was to reach out to 15,000 users. Business insurance would be about $6,000, branding and design around $15,000, and payroll for other business functions (operations, finance, hr) would be another $15,000. Overall, the initial costs to start within the first three months would be about $110,550.

Revenue Stream

Revenue Streams are achieved through the following:  A fee to the business organization for curating and placing individual freelancers. A fee to the individual freelancer for educational opportunities. There is ad revenue on both the website and the app. In addition, there will be fees for additional support for the business organization for project management until our AI is fully developed and automated- this could be a concierge type of service in future phases. There will also be fees for professional setup for both the individual freelancer, as well as the business organization. All these fees will be established and allow us to use discounts and waived fees as promotion and marketing. Certifications and improved visibility fees are also things that can be implemented at later phases with subscriptions for the serial freelancer. Variables that could affect the fees are discounts and leapfrogging/ cutting out the app as a middle conduit.  

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