After challenging our client’s ideas and plans, we started week two with new perspectives. From one hand, we felt that our client’s strategic plans are risky, especially for a startup and from another hand, the opportunity they are planning to pursue was there. It was one of those cases we dealt with in Rashi’s and in Rui’s classes. A lot of noise was involved and the most challenging part was that we are helping them define a strategy for the future. The lessons learned regarding past cases helped us think about the consequences of each option and the subsequent recommendation in place and we started diverging in all directions to capture all potential risks and strategies. Once again, Professor Beckman’s learning came handy. Sticky notes were posted all over the place and we converged once again to help the client define many of the criteria to evaluate its plans.
One important learning from this experience was that while the client knows the business they are dealing with and the project plans they might want to achieve, once they are working on achieving them, they might be blinded by many factors and they might overlook many risks. Our team was able at the end of the day to capture the overall picture and to highlight potential risks that could endanger the project.
Meanwhile, New Zealand was once again inviting us to its beautiful nature and amazing sceneries. On our second week-end, we decided to do a different kind of diving, and that was an underwater dive. We went to Tutukaka, a natural reserve that offers one of the world’s greatest underwater scenes. We then decided it was time to visit the Maori’s treaty house in Waitangi, where the original people from New Zealand signed their treaty with the Europeans. After that, we went to see one of the most ancient trees in New Zealand in the Kauri Forest.
Overall, our adventures weren’t ending, and in the last couple of days, we decided to do a different kind of adventure, a culinary one. We went to the Orbit, a revolving restaurant, 200 meters above the ground with a view on Auckland and its surroundings. To sum it, we visited during our last day the Auckland War Memorial Museum and discovered some of the very rare war planes in the world. A Japanese Zero from World War II, whose pilot luckily escaped sacrificing his life as a Kamikaze and destroying the plane.
New Zealand’s IBD experience was very memorable for the Kiwi team. The project was very challenging and the end result was an important take-away for the client.
By Sami Abou Saab