Build a tower, to build a team : The Marshmallow Challenge

 

We have most likely during our careers had to attend a team building events and had to build a tower.

Tom Wujec presents some surprisingly deep research into the “marshmallow problem” – A simple team-building exercise that involves dry spaghetti,
one yard of tape and a marshmallow. Who can build the tallest tower with these ingredients? And why does a surprising group always beat the average?

Tom Wujec studies how we share and absorb information. He’s an innovative practitioner of business visualization — using design and technology to help
groups solve problems and understand ideas. He is a Fellow at Autodesk

Tom talk about some interesting and basic results that have an effect on outcomes of the Marshmallow Challenge.

The Marshmallow Challenge is a remarkably fun and instructive design exercise that encourages teams to experience simple but profound lessons in
collaboration, innovation and creativity.

 
 

The Marshmallow Challenge

 

The Marshmallow Challenge is a remarkably fun and instructive design exercise that encourages teams to experience simple but profound lessons in
collaboration, innovation and creativity.

 

The task is simple: in eighteen minutes, teams must build the tallest free-standing structure out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string,
and one marshmallow. The marshmallow needs to be on top.

 

Surprising lessons emerge when you compare teams’ performance. Who tends to do the worst? Why? Who tends to do the best? Why? What improves
performance? What kills it?

 

If you need to kick start a meeting, get a team into a creative frame of mind, or simply want to encourage your organization to think about what it takes to
dramatically increase innovation, invest 45 minutes to run a marshmallow challenge.

 

 

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