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  • 1.     JAZZ(TASTIC) Every interview you ever wished for, but didn’t have the connections or courage to get (we stalk our interviewees and ware them down until they agree ;) ) So  here  we  are  with  Victorious  Secret  (or  Emma,  Simon,   Ivy,  Jay,  Shannie  and  Flavia),  a  group  of  young  people  who  are   making  waves  with  their  online  magazine  entitled  accordingly   [Victorious  Secret].   We’ve  been  trying  to  get  this  interview  for  a  while  and  (finally)   our  people  tracked  down  their  people  and  here  w e  are!   Jazz  is  incredibly  giddy  for  this  interview,  so  be  kind  guys  ;)   Editor  in  Chief   Creative  Director   Simon  Ramsden   Flavia  Vintila   Victorious Secret is: Executive  Editor   Fact  Checker   Shannie  Tu   Ivy  Huang   Copy  Editor   Managing  Editor   Emma  –Zhuo  Yi   Jay  Gada  
  • 2. JAZZ:  Hiya  all!  Let’s  just  jump  straight  in  because  you’re  still  working  on  this  week’s  edition  of  your  mag!  We  are  all  aware  of  some  ground  rules  for  collaboration.  How  would  you  say  that  they  apply  (or  fail  to  apply)  to  your  own  group  work?   SIMON:  The  bringing  together  of   complementary  skills  and  competences  has  IVY:  hmm…  good  question.  I  think  I  have  a   certainly  played  a  role  in  our  group  work.  At  first  marvellous  group  that  everyone  has  the  same   it  was  difficult  as  each  person  came  from  a  goal  and  spare  no  efforts  to  fulfil  it.  We  come   different  background  and  saw  a  question  or  from  different  countries,  and  have  different   innovation  differently  than  another  member  backgrounds.  Although,  we  met  some  problem   (Marketers  see  one  thing,  information  because  of  the  culture  gap  at  first,  we  solved   technologists  another  etc).  However  what  may  this  problem  and  established  a  smooth  way  to   have  started  as  a  hindrance  was  soon  turned  into  collaborate  with  all  members.  We  build  a  well-­‐ an  advantage,  with  each  member  valuing  the  down  communication  flow  and  choose  a  good   others  experience  and  serving  to  knit  together  platform  to  cooperate  with  each  other.  An   various  creative  ideas  and  strategies.  entrepreneurial  team  need  specific  roles,  such  as  team  leader,  monitor  evaluator,  innovator.  I  believe  everyone  is  capable  of  taking  the   SHANNIE:  In  victorious  secret,  one  of  our  responsibility  in  two  roles  at  least.  In  my  view,   methods  to  collaborate  is  that  using  specialty  of  collaboration  that  is  everyone  can  develop  and   each  member,  but  avoiding  our  demerits.  Since  show  up  their  strength,  and  everyone  know   we  come  from  diverse  background  and  major  in  his/her  role  and  contribute  himself  /herself  to   university  and  we  expert  at  different  area,  we  do  the  best.  I  think  we  achieve  that.     will  separate  work  depends  on  our  own   expertise  and  knowledge,  for  example,  I  have   ideas,  but  I  cannot  express  well  in  English.  EMMA:  All  of  innovative  magazines  and  slides  are   However,  Simon  is  good  at  English,  thus  he  our  group  properties.  Although  I  am  not  sure  what   could  help  me  to  modify  the  sentences  and  the  mutual  benefits  for  our  group  are,  I  think  that   make  the  report  smooth  after  I  explain  to  him.  the  mutual  benefits  mostly  come  from  that  we  share   Furthermore,  Flavia  who  has  great  sense  of  and  respect  other  people’s  ideas.  There  is  n o  one   pretty  could  do  beautiful  magazine,  so  she  is  want  to  control  the  whole  group,  which  is  a  good   responsible  for  this  part.  illustration  for  the  synergistic  capabilities.   FLAVIA:  Like  my  team  mates  have  already  JAY:  Referring  to  the  background  synthesis,  I  would   stated,  we  are  diverse  (both  culturally,  say  that  that  as  the  teaching  method  is  very  different   academically  and  on  a  personal  level)  but  we’ve  from  what  I  have  studied  in  my  country  (India).  It   come  together  in  the  best  way  possible.   Everyone  is  assigned  a  task,  according  to  their  was  difficult  to  understand  this  subject  and  style  of   area  of  expertise,  and  things  just  seem  to  come  teaching,  not  just  me,  who  found  is  difficult  but  all   together  at  the  end.  I’m  not  saying  we  are  the  member  understood  it  in  different  perspective   perfect,  but  through  the  problems  we  faced  at  but  we  soon  made  up  with  the  methodology  and   the  beginning  (i.e.  new  people,  new  place,  adapted  the  innovative  style  and  now  we  are  doing   where  the  hell  am  I?)  we  have  come  quite  close  well.   to  being  a  well-­‐oiled  machine…now  if  only  the   software  would  always  cooperate…..  
  • 3. JAZZ:  Fantastic!  They  warned  me  you  guys  were  talkative.  So  yeah   (cough),  moving  on:  Has  anything  you’ve  learned  (good  and  bad)  from   your  group  work  helped  you   SIMON:  Starting  with  the  positive  I  have  learnt   understand  more  about   that  collaboration  often  results  in  m ore  thought   collaboration?   out  ideas  and  proposals,  as  each  member  has  a   different  skill  that  to  bring  to  the  table  (Cultural   EMMA:  My  group  members  are  very  effective  to   Diversity  is  a  bonus!).  Secondly  communication  is   do  our  work;  they  always  focus  on  the  most   key  for  fair  division  of  labor,  and  for  the  piecing   important  things.  I  also  find  my  partners  very  enjoy   together  of  assignments/group  workshop  reports,   the  process  of  our  work,  especially  some  parts  of   this  can  take  place  via  Facebook  (which  is  how  our   work  regarding  the  innovative  imagine.  The  bad   group  communicates  for  the  most  part),  texting,  or   thing  is  that  we  decided  very  plan  very  quickly  or   face  to  face,  just  make  sure  it  happens!.  The   communicate  on  Facebook,  so  we  don’t  have   negative  aspects  are  few  and  far  between,  but   enough  time  sitting  and  chatting  with  each  other   perhaps  developing  clear  deadlines  and   as  friends.           timeframes  for  all  members  to  adhere  to  would   have  benefited  our  group;  as  well  as  more   JAY:  In  the  early  stage  of  our  group  work,  it  took   activities  outside  of  university  assignments.   time  to  collaborate  as  we  all  being  from  different   culture  and  country  but  as  weeks  past  the   SHANNIE:  I  think  I  leant  more  good   communication  started  developing  and  we   experiences  from  our  group.  For  instance,  I  will   formally  began  the  talk  and  it  helped  me  to   understand  what  sentences  are  right  or  not  in   understand  other  members,  the  ways  each  of   my  answer  after  improving  from  others.   them  thinks  and  works  in  different  manner  which   Another  significant  point  makes  me  realize  more   developed  my  interest  to  work  in  group,  show   in  cooperation  is  that  expression  of  Tacit   performance  and  improved  my  knowledge  in   Knowledge.  When  we  think  by  ourselves,  we   different  aspects  of  the  subject.   only  think  about  a  part  that  is  not  complete.   However,  we  could  make  idea  up  from  other   IVY:  Because  this  is  my  first  time  to  cooperate   members’  viewpoint  or  even  extend  other  ideas   though  brainstorming  and  discussion.   with  people  who  come  from  different  country,  It     makes  me  understand  how  important  of   communication.  In  the  past,  collaboration  with   FLAVIA:  Collaboration,  to  me,  is  the  coming   similar  countries  is  quite  easy,  because  we  know   together  of  a  number  of  people  in  a  harmonious   each  other  culture,  customs  and  behavior.  But   manner;  we  are  not  those  people.  Yes,  we   now,  it  is  a  challenge.  Sometime  I  use  improper   communicate;  yes,  we  acknowledge  everyone’s   words  or  expression  to  express  my  thought  and  it   opinions  but  we  do  it  in  a  kind  of  happy  chaos.  I’ve   will  make  thing  become  more  complicated.   learned,  from  this  wonderful  group  of  people,  that   Therefore,  I  realize  communication  is  not  only   making  yourself  heard  does  not  have  to  be  an  uphill   based  on  speaking.  I  could  write  down  my  idea  or   battle,  that  you  help  each  other  (regardless  how   using  drawing  to  explain  my  idea  as  well.  Next,  I   inconsequential).  We  are  a  bit  bad  with  time-­‐ also  learn  how  to  control  the  schedule  of  project   management,  but  we  have  each  member  monitoring   (assignment)  is  important.  If  we  have  a  good   a  different  aspect  of  our  work  now,  so  over-­‐coming   blueprint  first,  it  is  easy  to  follow  the  rest  of  part.   hurdles  is  becoming  our  daily  workout  really.    
  • 4. JAZZ:  Haha,  I  never  thought  you  guys  had  problems  to  overcome.  Last  question  and  then  you  are  free  to  go  (because  one  member  keeps  fidgeting  with  her  cigarette  pack  hehe)  As  I  was  saying,  how  successfully  have  you  adapted  your  work  style  to  accommodate  problems/difficulties  you  have  encountered?       JAY:  We  work  in  “kind  of”  different  ways   EMMA:  I  always  heard  complaints  from  other   from  other  group,  as  there  are  many  other   people,  when  they  do  group  work,  some  group   assignments  and  coursework,  we  do  not   members  tend  to  excessively  insist  their  own  ideas   spend  time  on  table  and  chair  for  hours  long   and  ignore  other  people’s  suggestion.  This  situation   and  d iscuss  nothing  productive,  we  use  the   may  ruin  the  collaboration  among  group  members.   different  electronic  mean  of  communication   My  work  style  is  using  an  open  altitude  to  receive  my   like  Facebook  group  chat  and  different   group  members’  idea.  I  try  to  understand  various   software  to  make  our  work  look  creative  and   innovative,  distribute  work,  allot  time  to  work   ideas  from  other  people,  and  sometimes  I  am  likely   to  combine  others’  suggestion  with  my  own  ideas.   and  the  collaborate  all  the  work  together  and   Because  everyone  has  their  own  thinking  ways  or   make  it  for  workshop  iSearch  with  mutual   understanding  that  helps  us  to  save  time  and   experiences  to  consider  the  same  things,  if  we  try  to   receive  different  concepts,  it  may  enrich  our  own   work  more  for  other  subjects  as  well.     knowledge.         SHANNIE:  Sometimes,  we  will  meet  some   IVY:  So  far,  in  my  opinion,  we  have  the  efficient   problems  and  barriers  in  order  to  p ush  our   way  to  do  our  coursework.   report  become  innovate  and  b etter.  Of   We  take  advantage  of  technology  to  cooperate  with   course,  we  might  have  d ifferent  opinions   our  team  member.   from  each  member,  then  we  might  overcome   We  use  facebook  as  our  discussion  venue.     these  problems  by  communication,   Compared  with  other  group,  we  work  efficient  and   consultation  and  compromise  as  well  as  think   have  higher  productivity.    We  also  u ser  it  to  upload   the  issues  by  other’s  view.  In  fact,  our   our  document,  and  everyone  can  edit  and  review  it   teamwork  is  great  and  smooth  until  now.   easily.  In  the  first  week,  we  needed  to  send  the   assignment  to  each  member  and  it  was  hard  to  do   the  vision  control.  One  person  summarised  the  file   become  finial  file,  but  it  still  need  to  send  back  to  all   member.  Now,  document  vision  control  become   easy  and  clear.  We  are  keen  on  this  way  n ow,  but   the  only  d rawback  is  ….  You  need  to  check  out   facebook  all  the  time.  :)  Sometime,  unknown  people   will  guess  we  are  have  fun  in  facebook,  but  the  true   is  that  we  are  working…   Continued  on  next  page  
  • 5.  SIMON:  My  academic  background  drilled  in  to   FLAVIA:  Not  much  to  say  really,  being  the  me  that  there  was  one  way  of  doing  things,  one   last  one  to  respond  kinda  makes  me  look  like  I’m  mold  in  which  to  present  things,  and  one  way  to   recycling  everybody  else’s  ideas  haha;  Similarly  format  an  assignment.  504  has  caused  me  to  think   to  Simon,  my  groupwork  in  undergrad  was  done  how  this  style  and  structure  can  be  creatively   with  my  group,  in  an  enclosed  space,  for  hours  adapted,  without  losing  the  value  and  importance   on  end.  I  was  so  tired  once  that  I  started  talking  of  content.  This  is  problematic  for  me  at  first  since   in  Romanian  and  my  teammate  (English)  was  so  I  am  what  many  call  an  auditory  learner,  not  a   tired  he  didn’t  notice  for  about  15  minutes.  That  visual  one.  Meaning  I  do  not  easily  see  the  value  of   used  to  be  my  work-­‐style,  if  you’re  being  graphs/pictures  over  written  text  nor  do  I  always   unproductive,  at  least  pretend  you’re  productive  agree  that  they  fully  convey  an  argument  as   with  the  entire  group;  needless  to  say,  I’m  glad  opposed  to  three  paragraphs  of  structured  text.   we  mixed  things  up  now.  We  might  lag  behind  or  Moving  to  a  magazine  format  therefore,  was  new   it  might  take  us  a  while  to  start  a  project,  but  and  exciting  and  has  helped  me  understand  the   once  each  member  has  his/her  task  we  all  go,  do  benefits  of  visual  aid.   our  work  in  whichever  way  we  prefer,  share  it   all  online,  comment  and  give  pointers  where  Similarly  most  of  my  background  revolved  around   necessary  and  we  meet  up  after  all  that  (after  completing  individual  assignments,  whilst  course   everybody  is  familiar  with  everybody  else’s  is  largely  concerned  with  working  at  a  team.  I   work)  and  we  put  it  together.  It’s  efficient  really.  have  had  to  adapt  my  usual  pace  to  fit  with  the  groups,  which  I  thought  would  be  a  challenge,  but  it  actually  has  not  been  a  problem  so  far.  JAZZ:  Fantastic!  Awesome  interview  guys  and  girls!  Hope  you  all  enjoyed  our  little  exclusive  chat  with  the  people  behind  Victorious  Secret  and  check  us  out  next  week!  There’s  another  hard  to  get  interview!    Now  go  visit  Victorious  Secret’s  blog  ;)  Bye!  

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