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Hey guys. I've got a group presentation for university on Wednesday about a college innovation project that we have put together. I was just wondering what kind of questions I may be asked after the presentation just so I have some sort of idea?

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Rose -

Is this a project proposal, a project in flight or a completed project?

What you present and what you may be asked will be quite different depending on which of these it is...

Kiron
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1 reply by rose barker
Nov 21, 2022 2:37 PM
rose barker
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Hi Kiron

It is a project proposal

Thanks for the reply
Nov 21, 2022 2:32 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Rose -

Is this a project proposal, a project in flight or a completed project?

What you present and what you may be asked will be quite different depending on which of these it is...

Kiron
Hi Kiron

It is a project proposal

Thanks for the reply
Some of my questions for an innovation project would be like

a) What is your motivation? Are you innovating for the sake of innovating?
b) What problems (societal) are your trying to solve? Using which technology?
c) Is your innovation economically scalable?
d) What does your long-term success look like?
e) Is there any less effective but less innovative solution available to your problem?
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1 reply by rose barker
Nov 21, 2022 4:03 PM
rose barker
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Thanks for your reply Vijay! I’ll take this on board
It depends on the nature of the presentation, who is the target audience, and what does the review intend to accomplish. The first thing I would do is whether it is a technical review or a planning review. That should help narrow down the type of questions.

Another differentiating factor would be how far along you are in the project. If it is very early, questions might me more general such as selecting your basic approach. If it is nearing completion, I would expect questions to be more detail oriented.

Yet another aspect would be whether this is a real or pretend project. If it is something you will never actually deliver, the product or service created doesn't have to actually work. It just has to demonstrate the principles taught in the class. If it is a real project, actual feasibility of the innovation concept is much more important.
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1 reply by rose barker
Nov 21, 2022 4:04 PM
rose barker
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Thanks for the advice Keith!
If this project was implemented to apply the Project Management knowledge learned, you can receive questions about how useful was the theory received when put into practice in the project you developed. What Project Management concepts served you more?
Were you guided by the Project Management principles to choose a project that generates value?
Rose -

As it is a proposal, I'd think you'd get questions like:

1. Why?
2. Why now?
3. What could go wrong?
4. What's next if this is a success?
5. How will you know if you are on the right track?
6. How much do you need?
7. When would you know if its going the right way or not?

Kiron
Nov 21, 2022 2:39 PM
Replying to Vijay Suryavanshi
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Some of my questions for an innovation project would be like

a) What is your motivation? Are you innovating for the sake of innovating?
b) What problems (societal) are your trying to solve? Using which technology?
c) Is your innovation economically scalable?
d) What does your long-term success look like?
e) Is there any less effective but less innovative solution available to your problem?
Thanks for your reply Vijay! I’ll take this on board
Nov 21, 2022 2:49 PM
Replying to Keith Novak
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It depends on the nature of the presentation, who is the target audience, and what does the review intend to accomplish. The first thing I would do is whether it is a technical review or a planning review. That should help narrow down the type of questions.

Another differentiating factor would be how far along you are in the project. If it is very early, questions might me more general such as selecting your basic approach. If it is nearing completion, I would expect questions to be more detail oriented.

Yet another aspect would be whether this is a real or pretend project. If it is something you will never actually deliver, the product or service created doesn't have to actually work. It just has to demonstrate the principles taught in the class. If it is a real project, actual feasibility of the innovation concept is much more important.
Thanks for the advice Keith!
From your response to Kiron I assume you are presenting essentially a Business Case. There will be question addressing specifics of the case and you should be prepared for those if you have a solid case. The questions you may not be prepared for would be related to project implementation which I would see as the next step. How do you go from Business Case to Project Plan, execution, acceptance and finally, closure?
if they understand that they deliver value because project is a mean to create a solution.
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