Anh Dang, the product design lead at AI.Reverie, led a workshop for our first-and-second-year students to foster team building. Highlights included creating a framework for understanding group development, engaging in exercises to improve team communication, and learning tips for collaboration and conflict resolution.
Anh taught us the importance of team dynamics by instructing us in the popular marshmallow challenge. We were divided into two teams for this activity in design thinking. Each team was asked to build the tallest free-standing structure possible within 18 minutes using spaghetti sticks, with a marshmallow on the top.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. ~ African Proverb
To understand team dynamics, Anh emphasized the four different stages of group development:
In summary, open communications, persistent collaboration, meaningful conflict resolution, and consistent celebration can help to build great teams and great products. Using some of the tools learned in the workshop, we attempted the marshmallow challenge a second time, with greater success.