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Graduation Year - Sarthak, MMA Class of 2024

Embarking on the Master of Management Analytics (MMA) Practicum journey, I entered a realm of unparalleled opportunity and growth. November marked a significant milestone in this journey as teams and companies for the upcoming practicum projects were announced. The anticipation was palpable, and the excitement was unmatched. My eagerness was met with a delightful surprise when I learned that I had been paired with my top choice among the project categories. The project in question? A pioneering venture into the latest advancements in the realm of technology: a Large Language Model (LLM) and Generative AI project. This partnership offered me a unique opportunity to delve into cutting-edge technology and contribute to its evolution.

A Partnership for Innovation

The company I was partnered with stands at the forefront of technological innovation, handling a project that encapsulates the essence of Generative AI and Large Language Models. This collaboration was not just about contributing to a project; it was about being part of a team that is pushing the boundaries of what is possible with technology today. From the outset, it was clear that this experience would be a significant learning opportunity, providing insights into the intricacies of AI and its potential to transform industries. 

Collaborative Meetings and Team Dynamics

Throughout this initial sprint, I had numerous meetings with the company. These interactions were invaluable, offering guidance, insights, and a clear direction for the project. The company’s team was incredibly supportive, fostering an environment of learning and curiosity. Their expertise in Generative AI and LLMs provided a solid foundation for our project, enabling us to navigate the complexities of the technology with confidence. 

Equally important were the interactions with my team members. From the very beginning, our collaboration was seamless. We connected over our shared enthusiasm for the project and quickly established a strong team dynamic. Our skills complemented each other, allowing us to divide tasks effectively and work towards our common goal with efficiency. The synergy among the team members was palpable, making the work not just productive but also enjoyable. 

A Learning Curve: Skills and Insights

The first sprint was not only about project progress but also about personal and professional growth. The experience was rich with learning opportunities, from technical skills to LLM and Generative AI to soft skills essential for successful collaboration and project management.

On the technical side, I gained hands-on experience with Generative AI, understanding its capabilities, limitations, and potential applications. Working with LLMs offered a deep dive into the complexities of natural language processing and machine learning, skills that are increasingly in demand in today’s technology-driven landscape. 

The project also honed my soft skills. Effective communication, teamwork, and time management were crucial for the success of our sprint. Navigating the challenges of a complex project, coordinating with team members, and engaging with the company’s representatives taught me the importance of clear communication and adaptability. 

Reflection and Anticipation

Looking back at the first sprint of the MMA Practicum, I am filled with a sense of accomplishment and anticipation for what lies ahead. This experience has been a testament to the power of collaboration, the importance of continuous learning, and the potential of technology to drive change. As we move forward, I am eager to continue exploring the possibilities of Generative AI and LLMs, building on the foundation laid during this initial sprint. 

In conclusion, my first sprint experience with the MMA Practicum has been exceptional. It has been a journey of learning, collaboration, and innovation. The opportunity to work on a cutting-edge project, alongside a dedicated team and a forward-thinking company, has been invaluable. As we progress, I look forward to the continued growth, challenges, and achievements that this practicum will undoubtedly bring. 


The Master of Management Analytics is designed to give students the advanced data management, analytics, and communication skills needed to become an analytics professional.

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