With ‘The Mission’, we connect young talents from all around the world and corporate partners from across the industry to innovate together – with the shared objective to discover, design and build innovative solutions for the future. Four weeks ago, our five teams from ‘Energy – Be Empowered!’ dived into our program, successfully mastered their first pitch and now find themselves in the middle of their second working phase: insights, knowledge, and concepts. For the next weeks, they will focus on the refinement of their problem statement and user research to prepare for the Interim Pitch, which is just around the corner (inless than two weeks). To ensure a steady progress, it is important to clearly define the roles and responsibilities within a team and reflect on individual skill sets to exploit each talent’s potential.
For the program,we were looking for an entrepreneurial mastermind, a financial guru, a media-allrounder and a topic specialist for each team and we are happy to see that all our talents have found their role. Under the careful consideration of each other’s academic and work experience as well as individual strengths and behaviors, our talents investigated possible positions from the beginning and openly discussed these regarding their fit to the team, the team’s members, and the team’s idea. Consequently, roles and responsibilities vary depending on the team but, nonetheless, evolve around the following ones:
The Project Manager is at the steering wheel and responsible for the project planning and resource management to secure a constant progress. Specifically, this person defines workflows and weekly sprints while also keeping track of the tasks and providing feedback.Moreover, he or she controls the communication towards all stakeholders, manages corporate partners and takes care of deliverables for regular meetings. Thus, the project manager should be structured and target-oriented to always focus on the bigger picture.
The Product Manager, on the other hand, is responsible for the planning and management of the product to successfully place and position it in the market. Specifically, this person plans, conducts and synthesizes user research to ideate the product and define the product’s orientation. Consequently, he or she is an important link between marketing and sales who requires good communication skills, a user centric mindset and a profound knowledge about the product’s technical side and UX design tools.
The Technology Manager analyzes and integrates data from the user research into the product’s development. Thus, he or she is responsible for the product’s technological and data requirements. To manage product-related IT systems, this person requires programming experience as well as the ability to transform research results into solutions.
The Business & Sustainability Expert, lastly, manages business assumptions and researches the market and its competitors to refine the business model. Further, he or she performs financial modelling, and tracks the product’s sustainability impact. Hence, this person should have a business mindset as well as a strong interest in sustainability and the business field in which the company aims to succeed.
Apart from these roles, our talents are experts within multiple (academic) fields that come intoplay regularly. Moreover, they possess incredibly diverse talent and skill sets, reflected in the FirstMind Tests, that allow them to create an empowering work environment. Obviously, diversity is one of the key drivers for success and we can only encourage you to further follow our talents’ journey.
As always, stay tuned and stay healthy,