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Author's profile photo Yolanda Xu

Time flies: Iā€™m half way through my Social Sabbatical already!

Two weeks have passed and we are in the middle of our Social Sabbatical program. So much has happened that I wanted to share with you since the last time I did a blog about the Cape Town Protea team and projects introduction.

What we have been working on with our client, IkamvaYouth:

We have performed a deep analysis and had many discussions with our client, IkamvaYouth, in order to understand the activities the organization is doing and their expectation on the deliverables from us so that we can better build on their resource hub.

One of the most effective steps we have taken is that we held a Design Thinking workshop last week with the key audience of the website, such as their partners, staff, the communication coordinator and the organization’s director. This is an effective method to analyze the different user experience requirements, what types of audience they have, what are their pain points, needs, ideas to solve these needs and what is the possible solution space. It is a great experience and hard work is continuing among our IkamvaYouth SAP workgroup to further build our recommended content to their resource hub as well as the redesign of the architecture, layout and so on.

What we have learned so far:

The Social Sabbatical provides many different learning opportunities. When we create the website implementation and go-to marketing strategy, we need to put ourselves in the shoes of different types of key audiences of the website. We also need to think about it from an entrepreneur’s perspective (e.g. be the director of the NPO organization) and how can this contribute to IkamvaYouth 2030 vision.

Brainstorming among the Protea team, consulting with GTM experts from the SAP Social Sabbatical alumni network, researching and studying are the key steps. Last but not least, generating ideas from the DT workshop with the Ikamvanites is a great way to get insights from our client.

Does the SAP social sabbatical have “sabbatical” elements too? šŸ™‚

Yes, in addition to the hard work here, we do have a lot of Protea team building activities during the weekends to experience the local South African custom and beautiful scenery. See the pictures below.


The SAP Social Sabbatical Cape Town Protea team-creative way of self service


Design Thinking workshop with our client IkamvaYouth @ IY head office


SAP IkamvaYouth work group (Marise, Marc and Yolanda) @ Cape of the Good Hope


Conquer the table mountain with a few team members (climbed 2.5 hours). Thank you Claus and the other colleagues who encouraged me. Without your support, I couldn’t
make it. šŸ™‚

(Carlos, Rene, Yolanda, Susan, Claus, Duncan)

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      Author's profile photo Allen Wang
      Allen Wang

      Really great experience. Thanks a lot for sharing, Yolanda.

      Author's profile photo Yuki Wang
      Yuki Wang

      thank you for sharing and nice to see you in the picture.