After spending about half an hour googling “project strategy,” I gave up trying to find a standard game plan (pun completely intended) because the only to come upon were misspelled and irrelevant graphics.

I was trying to look for a standard process researchers use to write a technical paper, and little did I realize I had all the resources  I needed on my flash drive. A course I took last semester, IE 386, WORK ANALYSIS AND DESIGN I,(sorry, I literally copied this from the heading of a submitted technical paper just so I get the format right and everything) required me to write a technical paper usually ranging from fifteen to thirty pages, every other week based on my labs for the class.

The formats we usually used for the papers in this class were:

  1. Abstract
  2. Introduction
  3. Method
  4. Results
  5. Recommendations
  6. Conclusion

The reason I was looking for the format is because yesterday my IE 332, (Computing in Industrial Engineering) professor, after corresponding with me a couple times after the semester ended, offered to be my adviser on an independent study project on sports statistics that I wanted to do. I was so humbled by the fact that he still responded with enthusiasm when I (accidentally) ranted about my frustrations to find a challenging sports statistics work/job on campus, my disappointment about the whole NCAA rejection (see “Making friends with Failure“) , and my motivation to find my place in the sports statistics realm eventually.

In the last message I sent him, before he agreed to guide me on my project, I mentioned I had dream to be able to submit a research paper to the 12th annual (2018) MIT Sloan Sports Statistics Conference, and eventually be able to present it.  But even if my work is not selected to eventually be presented,  I think having something I can submit to the board of judges is a feat within itself…so that is what my end goal is for anything titled under “Main Project” on this blog!


For more reference on the timeline I will be trying to complete things, here is a screenshot of the deadlines for the upcoming conference that I am attending in March of 2017:


Here’s a link to the rest of the nitty-gritty rules that I’ll be using as reference as I work on my research paper:

Rules and Guidelines for 2017 Conference

I’ll be first brainstorming, and then (hopefully) staying organized so eventually my research paper will follow the format of the IE 386 papers I’ve been so accustomed to writing, displayed above. My progress will be tracked under the Projects type instead of Posts so they won’t display on the home page every time I make a post (like this one), but you hover over the “Main Projects” tab under the “Portfolio”  main tab, from the home page, you will be able to follow along.

Let’s go!