This year's Pioneum included not only the competition itself but also training. Over the course of three weeks, we attended lectures on UX research and storytelling, learned to give presentations, and do metrics-driven development.
The training went on for three weeks, three days per week.
Each week we focused on a new topic:
- Product work and strategy.
- Planning tools: from research to finance.
- Business presentation skills, pitching, and storytelling.
This is all essential knowledge necessary for real casework. There was a lot to learn for designers, developers, and managers alike. It is always interesting to learn not only what you need in your work but also what your colleagues do. Every workshop included practice and feedback from the trainer. Each of the homework assignments required up to five hours of teamwork. We would either go to a cafe or meet up online and work together on our tasks.