Finishing a project is tough. It takes a lot of time. Always more resources than
previously anticipated. And of course it is stressful, even briefly before the
deadline. And you really start to grasp the meaning of that word: "deadline".
There is no afterwards, there is no: Let's do it again! It is the one chance you
have been given and you need to take it.
And again, I learned quite a lot abut the last project (cannot tell you more
about its content because it's classified, but not in a military or conspiracy
sense ;) ). The most important thing again: communication. In many ways it
helps to discuss things over and over again. Because there is no time to
clarify things afterwards. It doesn't really help to have the aha! moment right
after you submit your final report.
Communication is the essential thing for getting things done. It helps to start
over, re-think your approach and, of course, to avoid misconception. Because the
one simple thing is not necessarily the most obvious thing your counterpart.
The second most important thing: specification. Once you know what exactly
to do, it may be easier to follow specific guidelines or requirements. In the
best case, those specifications should not change. Specifications help to set
mile stones, which in turn help to meet required deadlines.
Last but not least: revision. And revisions take time. So don't start
revising your work to late.
The above suggestions do not guarantee a project to be successful but for me
they help to structure the project both in terms of time and in terms of
That one went fast.
And I hadn't seen that job coming, neither.
But I've now found a new job at an organization supporting Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States in their efforts during climate negotiations.
Here's the link to their website.
And here's the good thing about it: I can go there by bike!
That was (nearly) impossible at my former institute in Potsdam (though I did take the bike to get to and from the train station(s)).
For this reason, I had to change the title of this blog and I leave it open to new suggestions about what to write next.
I'm a little bit sad just having 8 blog entries.
Let me just think, maybe I come up with something great, next time...
And I like coding. I've been working with complex computer models ever since my undergrad and I enjoy data exploration and data analysis to gain insights into the underlying principles.
Feel free to contact me.