Experiences from ReactEurope

At the beginning of July, Truls and I went on our first work trip abroad to attend the first ever ReactEurope conference in Paris. A two-day conference dedicated to the very popular React.js, a frontend library made by Facebook, and other related topics. Despite of an intense heatwave in southern Europe and the lack of an A/C that could cool down 700 people in a single venue, we still feel that the conference was a great experience. There were many great speakers who presented interesting topics and we learned a lot from their talks. The speakers include the creators of React.js, React Native, Flux, ImmutableJS, GraphQL, Relay, Babel, Redux and React Router, all important parts of the React ecosystem. We also had many enlightening discussions with other attendees.

A lot of people in a not-so-big and no-A/C venue.

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Lean summer of 2015 – Week 6

Can 6 tech students help a telecom giant innovate in 6 weeks? Telenor Norway wants to solve real problems for real people. As summer interns in Iterate – the lean startup consultancy in Norway – we’ve been hired to build, measure and learn how to unleash the power of future telco technology. Every week we blog about what we’ve learned.

Here’s week 6.

Our Lean summer has come to an end.

Six weeks ago we were given a task; to help Telenor innovate in different areas. With the rise in popularity and functionality of webRTC, Telenor wanted to know whether or not this technology could help.

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Six nervous students preparing for their first day

We didn’t expect this project to be easy, and didn’t expect it to go without issues or problems. We expected guidance, but we also hoped for some freedom to try and fail for ourselves. Mistakes are a great opportunity to learn, but only if we can make and solve them on our own..

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Six great friends enjoying a last party together before going their separate ways

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Lean Summer of 2015 – Week 5

Can 6 tech students help a telecom giant innovate in 6 weeks? Telenor Norway wants to solve real problems for real people. As summer interns in Iterate – the lean startup consultancy in Norway – we’ve been hired to build, measure and learn how to unleash the power of future telco technology. Every week we blog about what we’ve learned.

Here’s week 5.

Navigating the corporate jungle.

Compared to the real world, student life is easy. We are free to do almost whatever we want, when we want to. You never really have guilt-free time off, but you also don’t have to get up early every day.

For many of us, summer internships are the first taste of a real job. We would soon discover that getting up early would be the easy part.

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How many interns does it take to fire up a grill? One to light it and four to watch it in silence and scare away the seagulls

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Lean Summer of 2015 – Week 4

Can 6 tech students help a telecom giant innovate in 6 weeks? Telenor Norway wants to solve real problems for real people. As summer interns in Iterate – the lean startup consultancy in Norway – we’ve been hired to build, measure and learn how to unleash the power of future telco technology. Every week we blog about what we’ve learned.

Here’s week 4.

In Lean, you have to be versatile.

When iterate hired us for a summer internship, they didn’t do it to stick us in a dark room to code their todo-list. Our focus is to innovate, to do something different than what we are used to. We use the Lean methodology to help us with this process, and the goal is to figure out what the customer needs.

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Team Phone hacking out new ideas for their recruitment campaign 

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Lean Summer of 2015 – Week 3

Can 6 tech students help a telecom giant innovate in 6 weeks? Telenor Norway wants to solve real problems for real people. As summer interns in Iterate – the lean startup consultancy in Norway – we’ve been hired to build, measure and learn how to unleash the power of future telco technology. Every week we blog about what we’ve learned.

Here’s week 3.

We knew from the beginning this internship was going to be different.

Most tech student summer internships follow a standard format: You show up the first day to a round of introductions, you get assigned a workstation, a task, and maybe some company swag. The first week is focused on workshops and courses, and then you are set to work. For the next few weeks you work on your project in order to bring it to completion on time.

Certainly a cool internship when you get to brew your own beer and design a matching label.

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The values of innovation

They say groups make bad decisions. That’s why we need leadership.

The solution might be a team leader, who makes decisions on behalf of the group: Limit decision power, and decisions will become consistent, on target and effective.

This works great in a number of circumstances. In a restaurant kitchen, for instance, nobody wants chefs who disagree on how long to cook the aspargus. People are hungry – we need a ruler.

Conversely, a ruler is a disaster in innovation. To creative minds, pursuing “the next big thing” (whatever it may be), nothing pacifies more than a micromanaging split- and conquer regime.

Give them a clear objective, a business goal, you might say. “Increase market share by 20% over the next 18 months”. If the goal is realistic, they may reach it. But will it be innovation?

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Lean Summer of 2015 – Week 2

Can 6 tech students help a telecom giant innovate in 6 weeks? Telenor Norway wants to solve real problems for real people. As summer interns in Iterate – the lean startup consultancy in Norway – we’ve been hired to build, measure, and learn how to unleash the power of future telco technology. Every week we blog about what we’ve learned.

Here’s week 2.

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