Hi everyone! In this blog post, I will be sharing my first client project experience, including what to expect and some tips you can apply to your own client projects. For our first client project, we had the opportunity to work with Aldi on four different project requirements and one of the major challenges we faced was working remotely with the Melbourne DSAU17 Team.

Project Kick-Off

On Monday morning, we had a large meeting with the Melbourne team and the client to discuss our requirements. During this process, I made sure to take as many notes as possible and to ask for any clarifications from the client. It’s essential to be able to explain each project requirement in your own words. After the project meeting, the requirements were divided into four smaller teams, with coaches ensuring that each team had at least one member from both Sydney and Melbourne. This was beneficial for the Sydney team as the Melbourne team was more experienced and could provide guidance. To summarize my smaller team’s task, we were tasked with finding an optimized route for Aldi trucks from distribution centers. I spent the first two days understanding the problem and realized I had not produced any work yet. Thankfully, the coaches confirmed that this is normal, and I shouldn’t stress.

Mid-week Check In

On Wednesday afternoon, I managed to come up with an algorithm and put it through Alteryx. We were then ready to work on the dashboard for Thursday’s rehearsal. Unfortunately, our rehearsal didn’t go as planned, as the coaches didn’t agree with our direction of the story. This highlights the importance of constant communication with our coaches to ensure we are on the right track. We went back to the drawing board for our dashboard story that afternoon and managed to scrape by just in time for the presentation on Friday. To our surprise, Aldi was pleased with the work we generated, which was a huge relief!

In conclusion, I believe working remotely was a beneficial experience for everyone involved. In a post-pandemic world, we need to be able to work remotely and communicate efficiently to produce quality work.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some tips for your client projects:

  1. Ask the client the best way to contact them if you have questions.
  2. The project leader should send a follow-up email after the first meeting outlining the project requirements and deliverables. Having these in writing can prevent significant miscommunications and potential problems.
  3. It’s okay to have nothing produced on the first few days as you are just understanding the data. This is especially important for the people in charge of the dashboard because they won’t be able to produce anything until they understand the data.
  4. Everything is a proof of concept for the client. Nothing will become production, so don’t stress and have fun producing the best quality work you can with the little time you have.

Thank you for reading my blog! 😊

Nam Nguyen
Author: Nam Nguyen