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Hastings, Work Log Nov 19-Dec 2

December 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Date: Dec 2, 2011

To: Dr. Rivers

From: Thom Hastings

Subject: Weekly Work Log

This work log summarizes the progress that I have made since November 19th toward completing the final draft of our feasibility report and other team goals and deadlines such as postmortems, conferences, and the individual documentation project.

Our team submitted our Midterm Project Report rewrite after our meeting on Tuesday, November 22nd, during which Ali, Li, and myself refined our Midterm Project Report, working primarily on its cohesiveness, flow, and alignment. Furthermore, our team continues to make progress with the feasibility report draft. We are in the process of putting together all parts of our feasibility report and finalizing them into a solid document. In addition, the team is preparing for oral reports and working on our Organization Postmortem.

The final draft of the feasibility report, as per our rubric, will focus on the physical location of the hookah bar, the total investment necessary to start a hookah bar, and will go on to expand on licensing and legal requirements, have a detailed marketing analysis, and will include details of the interior design of the hookah bar. This work has been delegated to various team members throughout the semester, and everyone has pulled their weight. This will be summarized and touched upon in our Organization Postmortem.

Our Organization Postmortem will be due this upcoming class on Wednesday, December 7th. For this document our team will largely be compressing our Midterm Project Report, while adding some reflection and summary. We will do this at team meetings this upcoming week.

Hastings, Work Log Nov 12-18

November 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Date: Nov 18, 2011

To: Dr. Rivers

From: Thom Hastings

Subject: Weekly Work Log

This work log summarizes the progress that I have made since November 12th toward completing the feasibility report and other team goals and deadlines such as the Midterm Project Report rewrite.

So far, our team has made solid and consistent progress. All of the elements of our final feasibility report have current working drafts. Furthermore, the team is preparing for oral reports and postmortems that will be assigned in the coming few weeks. One of the final elements to our feasibility report will be a marketing strategy, which will complement the total investment, interior design, as well as licensing and legal requirements.

I attended our team meeting at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 16th during which I turned in completed surveys to Li for use in his research for our team’s marketing strategy. Prior, I read the article on Institutional Critique provided via e-mail by Dr. Rivers. During class, also on November 16th, I learned how Organizational Rhetoric and Institutional Critique relate to the documentary “Freakonomics.” Upon getting our Midterm Project Report back, it became clear that a revision is necessary. The document had issues with template, organization, flow, and alignment.

We have arranged a team meeting for this upcoming Tuesday, November 22nd. We will meet during the afternoon as a team to collectively work on the necessary revision of our Midterm Project Report. By Wendsday, November 23rd we intend to submit a document that is more cohesive and aligned.

Hastings, Work Log Nov 4-11

November 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Date: Nov 11, 2011

To: Dr. Rivers

From: Thom Hastings

Subject: Weekly Work Log

This work log summarizes the progress that I have made since November 5th towards completing the feasibility report and toward other team goals and deadlines such as the Midterm Project Report.

I participated in our team’s two meetings this last week, one on Tuesday, November 8th at 7:30 PM and one on Wendsday, November 9th at 5:00 PM, both in our classroom. I took the initiative in organizing the deliverables for the first meeting, and I did heavy editing on our draft of the Midterm Project Report at the second meeting. At the first meeting I helped compose the various portions of our Midterm Project Report, including sections of a rough draft of our feasibility report, related to licensing and legal requirements. The other portions of our Midterm Project report included various topics, such as a detailing tasks to be completed, which I wrote out drawing from team input as well as our Gantt Chart.

Our team is on track to have a complete, final version of our feasibility report by the time our Final Project Reports are due. I will continue to contribute to the revision and polishing of this document, as currently we only have a draft that is missing certain input, such as the results of surveys designed to target our marketing strategy. Each team member (myself included) is responsible for getting results from almost half a dozen surveys.

Once we get our Midterm Project Report back this upcoming week, we will have an optional rewrite.

Hastings, Work Log Oct 29-Nov 4

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Date: Nov 4, 2011

To: Dr. Rivers

From: Thom Hastings, Hookah Bar

Subject: Weekly Work Log

This work log summarizes the progress that I have made since October 29th towards completing the feasibility report.

Our team meeting on Wendsday, November 2nd at 5:00 PM in our classroom was successful. We went over our total investment, did grammar checking and revision on Li’s marketing strategy outline, and discussed tasks to be completed in order to present a solid Midterm Project Report.

I have communicated with the group regarding deliverables for our team meeting next Tuesday, November 8th at 7:30 PM in our classroom. Ali is to provide a general assessment of the organization’s functioning as a team with respect to the Team Charter defined in the Organization Plan. Allie is to detail tasks accomplished (summary of activities), drawing from meeting minutes. Li will present his marketing strategy and explain obstacles (internal and external), examining what and why, for example drawing from our Strength-Weakness-Opportunity-Threat (SWOT) analysis. Leohn will show the interior design of the bar including but not limited to paint, furniture (tables, seating, bar), lighting, pictures, and decor. Thom will go over licensing and legal requirements and will present actions to be taken (or tasks to be completed) in near future, updating the report according to the Gantt Chart.

During our meeting we will combine these elements, revise, and fill out the remainder of our Midterm Project Report, solidifying a draft ready to send as a PDF to Dr. Rivers in class on November 9th. We also have an optional revision due the following week.

Hastings, Work Log Oct 22-28

October 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Date: October 28, 2011

To: Dr. Rivers

From: Thom Hastings, Hookah Bar

Subject: Weekly Work Log

This work log summarizes the progress that I have made since October 22nd towards completing the feasibility report.

We had a productive team meeting on Wednesday October 26th. Prior to this meeting, Ali and I had reformatted the Organization Plan Document including the Task Schedule. In addition, I updated the Gantt Chart to reflect the changes in the Task Schedule. During the meeting, we discussed potential location options, ultimately deciding on the location of an old Pasta House (now closed) in the Central West End, off of Euclid Avenue. We compared neighborhood, specific building, and price options, deciding on the aforementioned as a final location.

After deciding on a final location we discussed inventory, which will be necessary when composing the Total Investment document, which will be Allie’s, Ali’s and my job before our next team meeting. We decided to use a layered collaboration method. We need to determine how many units we want to order, quantity will determine price and volume discounts. Additionally, the total investment should include cost of rent and renovation, which would include prices for changing lighting fixtures and making sure the kitchen and bar are stocked with the necessary equipment and supplies.

Next group meeting before class on Wednesday, November 2nd. The group will assign individual assignments for marketing structure outline and begin writing individual sections. Drafts for the Total Investment document and the Marketing Structure should be completed by the time of the Midterm Report.

Hastings, Work Log Oct 15-21

October 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Date: October 21, 2011

To: Dr. Rivers

From: Thom Hastings, Hookah Bar

Subject: Weekly Work Log

This work log summarizes the progress that I have made since October 15th towards completing the feasibility report. Overall, this was a positive week for Hooakah development.

Our team had one in person meeting to collaborate on the finding of a physical location for the Hookah Bar. We have agreed by next week to present to the group at least one example location candidate for discussion. In addition, it is my task by next week to modify the Gantt Chart to reflect changes in our task schedule.

As a group, we focused our commercial property explorations in the Central West End, Midtown, and Tower Grove neighborhoods. Ultimately we’ll sort these locations based on rent price, size, and neighborhood aspects. As of the next group meeting, Wednesday, October 26th, we will decide on a final location to focus our efforst on. In addition, we’re working on the rough draft our our marketing schedule.

We are currently on track as according to our Gantt Chart, and are optimistic about reaching our next milestones. Specifically, our Midterm Report will include our Total Investment and other relevant drafts.

Hastings, Work Log Oct 7-14

October 15, 2011 1 comment

Date: October 14, 2011

To: Dr. Rivers

From: Thom Hastings, Hookah Bar

Subject: Weekly Work Log

Our team had two in person meetings to collaborate on our Organization Plan Document, one at 7:15 PM on Tuesday before class, and one circa 5:15 PM on Wednesday preceding class. These meetings allowed for face-to-face collaboration, and prior to the meetings we organized a layered collaboration schedule giving each of three team members a couple days to work on a Google Document before our team meetings. Google records revision history of these documents, so it is possible to track collaboration closely. We also began composing a straw document for our feasibility report. I wrote the majority of the Team Charter, as well as the entire Task List, which I then converted into our Gantt Chart. In addition, I edited Li’s writing on the Organization Plan and Straw Document. I communicated with Ali (via email) and Leohn (in person) about our team meetings and progress. As a team, we discussed and researched possible locations for the Hookah Bar, which I contributed to. There are a few open restaurant spaces in our target neighborhood, St. Louis’ Central West End. Furthermore, I did research into the legal requirements of running a hookah bar. For example, in order to smoke indoors less than 25% of total revenue must be from food sales. This means that selling alcohol and hookah must be a primary source of revenue in our final business model. Our team has learned that face-to-face collaboration holds people especially accountable and is a good way to get all team members involved.