Visiting the main complex

Tuesday, 10th of September. Today will be the visit of the main complex, unit number 3 that has just recently been opened. It is a 30 minutes car ride towards the outskirts of Uberlandia. Again, we are told, not very nice areas where you definately do not want to be when the sun has gone done.
Driving some 20 minutes to the Third Politriz location

Driving some 20 minutes to the Third Politriz location

But we head into the area, get into Location number three and are being shown to the awaiting children that form the morning shift. As in previous occations, we present ourselves to different classes and the staff that is working today. This is always a great moment and we are getting better and better at it.
Presenting ourselves to the kids

Presenting ourselves to the kids

After introductions have been made we sit in the office room to have a chat with our contact, Roberto. Roberto has a clear view on what he needs. A new website. We try to persuade him that the website is merely a mean to get to the goal the Institute is aiming for and it makes him think. Sofar so good. The rest of the day will be dedicated to getting as much information out of all staff members, including some teachers and Doris. We end up with tons of notes that we will have to restructure into a clear plan, or Statement of Work. We will finalize the enquiry tomorrow and they have planned a visit to the Politriz plant tomorrow. That is going to be really nice! We also quickly meet with the Politriz Marketing Manager. He is also keen to learn from us what he can do to help the Politriz Institute. Good!
Meeting with staff members to get as much information as possible

Meeting with staff members to get as much information as possible

We end up with tons of notes. And still the questions are popping up. We finish at 18:30 and need to leave. The sun is telling us so. So, another very long day and we are really exhausted. It is dark when we are back at the hotel. But we need to prepare for our first presentation to the rest of the team on our findings sofar. Luckily Terumine has lots of pictures that we assemble into a Powerpoint presentation. The storyline is quickly made and we are ready in time for our meeting at 19:30. During that meeting, all the teams will present their first findings, share this with the other teams for a touch-base so we can shoot and give positive critics and ask questions. This process is taking us 2 hours, including the week and weekend itinerary that Larissa has been so kind to create for us based on the numerous suggestions. Tomorrow evening will be Samba lessons. The IBM Greenhouse will be used to consolidate all the goof ideas as I cannot remember all the things that have been suggested. It is over midnight that I take the elevator to my room. #ibmcsc brazil
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