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It seems to always amaze me when the readings for the week represent an issue I have faced in the week prior within the Mike’s Bikes simulation. Week 9s reading by (Davenport, 2006) addresses the use of analytics and analysing the detail within all areas of the company. Therefore pretty much addressing the skill of understanding every single little detail of the organisation and the link between different aspects of departments. After weeks of Mike’s Bikes I can easily say achieving the task of analytical control is EXTREMELY hard. I guess this is why (Davenport, 2006) mentions how only a handful of organisations are able to pull of proficiency from this even though a high number of firms are embracing analytics.

Weeks and weeks have been spent, well so I thought, on analysing data entries and analysing what our competitors have been doing both in the past, present and future decisions. Why is it so hard to get it right? Now I’m not over dramatizing my point here. Analytical control is very hard – well for me and my group at least, as our share price has just decrease dramatically over the last three weeks. Are we doing something wrong? Is there a part of this analytic analysis we are missing? I really couldn’t tell you the answer to this, however if we are missing something I thought we would have realised a couple of weeks ago.

Across our team we have a wide range of skills, knowledge and backgrounds. We all major in different areas with management only really being our common skill. Going into the simulation I thought this would be a huge competitive advantage as different brains looking at different problems in different ways creating different solutions to problems. A couple weeks ago I didn’t think we had many problems. However after doing this weeks readings, I’m beginning to see the problems of lack of coherency in understanding the linkages between different departments and figures which help towards producing the final SHV.

How do we fix this issue so late into the simulation? Well I certainly aren’t one to give up easily. I pride myself on my hard working, dedicated personality whether it is within a university class or sports team. Growing up always playing sports I was faced with challenges of being in losing teams and I feel like my ability to push through and still work hard and persevere with my actions has rubbed off within the Mike’s Bikes simulation failure. Us as a team works hard, every week we meet for hours with a couple of hours spent on analysing our past weeks results, coming up with a plan to tackling the current week/rollover and then spending some time discussing how this is going to help up in future rollovers. However our time spent what I thought was “analysing” and developing a strategy doesn’t seem to be showing. All I can think of as a solution so late in the game is not to give up. Giving up with a week or so to go isn’t going to achieve anything or do our like 6 or so weeks of work any justice. Mike’s Bikes was hard but I guess that’s why we are made to do it. It’s a real life simulation which was a great introductory simulation to what it might be like out in the “real world”.

Overall even though we only have a couple of weeks left, trying to fix problems and consistently trying to figure out really what is wrong with your business and developing the skills talked about in (Davenport, 2006) is only going to further apply my knowledge across all areas of business and set me up in an advantageous position for my future job. The solutions to the disappointing results I feel just need to be focused around maintaining the good team work, communication, skills and decision making techniques we have developed over the semester. Just because our results don’t reflect the quality of work we put in, a change of mindset towards the game won’t help these results in any way. I feel this is the best solution to the problem and you never know what might happen in the rollover. 


  1. Hi Chloe!

    This journal has a well-organized structure from the current issue (difficulty of analytical control or a lack of comprehension about different departments) to your personal solution (never give up and keep putting efforts on team work) so it was very easy for me to see what you want to discuss in each paragraph. Thank you for doing this!
    You are basically showing a high skill to analyze the current issues you are facing and figure out the reason why those issue occurred, which is fantastic. However, I think the linkage between the 3rd and 4th paragraph is a bit weak. Although your personal experience and efforts in team work in the 4th paragraph are quite interesting, the context of the 3rd paragraph motivated me to look for your in-depth analysis about the linkage of departments and how exactly you will improve the SHV. If you can provide clearer solutions which directly relate to those issues discussed in the 3rd paragraph, the overall coherency of this journal will be better.

    Comparing with your journal in week04, ummm I actually re-read  both journals of this week and week04 but come up with the same idea that those journals have a nice structure and dont't think that there is a critical problem in terms of Daudelin's framework and contents... As I commented on the week04 journal, I would like to see some particular solutions related to MikesBikes simulation but obviously we cannot talk too much about our firm information here so that is not a big issue I guess. Anyway, you have shown really good efforts on making your journal, which is awesome!  

    Overall, very interesting journal with a good structure. I totally agree with your idea that we should never give up even though we have just a few rollovers left.

    Hope that you and your team will get the ideal results which reflect what you guys will do in the following weeks (smile)

  2. Chloe,

    My week4 feed back to you wasnt really beneficial for you as i did comment on what you could improve on I hope to improve this for you.

    I have re read both of your journals from week 4 and now week 9, there is definitely an improvement in the writing and the understanding of the readings and so on however i think to really benefit you in your summative learning jounral and as Shohei said above you should really re read Daudelins reading on how to write reflections properly, not to say you are not writing one properly now but i feel like you need more of a specifically critical issue rather than just that your team is not performing well and saying you will try hard to improve like you have in other areas of your life. By analysing what your critical issue is and coming up with a solution or how you solved it during the week perhaps it could benefit your team as well as it could create new ideas for you to try.

    Also by reaching blooms taxonomy of needs this will help your reflective writing as well if you can put them both in together youll be right on track for a great mark in the final summative journal!

    Good luck!