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  • 1. Stanford  Crash  Course  on  Creativity Assignment  1  -­‐  Getting  to  Know  You Submission  Date:  October  23,  2012 by  Team  13361The  objective  our  first  assignment  is  to  find  as  many  common  traits  among  the  5  members  of  the  team  using  any  mode  of  communication.  Team  13361  –  one  member  left  our  team  to  join  another  team  and  we  invited  a  new  team  member  to  join  us.    The  5  members  of  Team  13361  arePenny  Mudd,  USARobin  Teigland  -­‐  SwedenPatricia  Huckabay  –  USAAnnup  Varkey  –  SingaporeSandy  Adam  –  USA  (Our  new  member)  Our  Process  –  The  team  communicated  mainly  through  the  Venture  Lab’s  Conversation  application  and  Sandy  through  email.  We  developed  a  survey  for  each  of  us  to  respond  to  in  the  form  of  a  spreadsheet  in  Google  docs.    The  file  was  stored  in  a  virtual  Google  drive.    The  rows  contained  the  survey  questions  and  each  member  filled  their  designated  column.    The  listing  of  survey  questions  grew  as  each  person  contributed  to  the  listing  as  they  visited  the  spreadsheet  and  respond  to  the  questions.    We  started  with  personal   background   items   and   then   expanded   the   list   by   taking   a   look   at   the   six   factors   in   the  Innovation   Engine   framework.   This   enabled   us   to   further   develop   the   list   as   a   team   and   inspire   more  ideas  for  questions  for  the  list.    Each  member  would  check  the  spreadsheet  periodically  to  respond  to  the  additional  entries.  By  Sunday,  we  had  a  listing  of  144  survey  items  where ● 100%  of  the  team  members  have  25  survey  items  in  common, ● 80%  of  the  team  members  have  29  survey  items  in  common  and ● 60%  of  the  team  members  have  22  survey  items  in  common.We  tried  to  summarize  these  first  on  Pinterest  but  had  several  difficulties  in  using  the  service,  eg  sharing  the   board   with   each   other,   uploading   (there   were   serious   lag   issues   caused   by   Pinterest   servers),   too  many   photos.   So   we   went   with   the   easier   route   -­‐   a   google   doc   listing   them   and   then   combined   this   with  some  slides  from  ppt  to  facilitate  the  visuals.  In   summary,   we   found   that   all   members   of   the   group     had   very   few   items   in   common   related   to   the  external  factors  of  the  Innovation  Engine  but  considerably  more  items  for  the  internal  factors  (figures  1  and  2).     1
  • 2. Figure  1.  Commonalities  based  on  Internal  Factors Figure  2.  Commonalities  based  on  External  Factors     2
  • 3. Below  we  provide  more  detail  on  our  commonalities:All  team  members  (100%)  have  the  following  in  common:1. All  under  6  feet2. All  wear  corrective  lenses3. All  use  a  fork  to  eat  dinner  most  of  the  time4. All  sleep  less  than  8  hours  daily5. All  born  in  second  half  of  year6. All  graduated  from  college7. All  have  developed  a  new  product  or  service8. All  have  published  work.9. All  have  medical  insurance10. All  have  live  outside  home  city11. All  like  to  watch  ball  sports12. All  are  curious  about  creativity13. All  are  polite14. All  celebrate  Xmas15. All  do  not  participate  in  organized  religion16. All  have  access  to  groceries  within  4  miles  of  their  home.17. All  possess  or  have  had  a  drivers  license18. No  one  owns  a  boat19. All  have  at  least  2  computers20. All  own  a  TV21. All  have  close  dependable  friends22. All  have  given  to  charities23. All  have  endorsed  a  brand  to  someone24. No  one  have  been  robbed  at  gun  or  knifepoint25. No  one  knew  what  Shindogu  was4  out  of  5  team  members  (80%)  have  the  following  in  common:1. are  born  in  US2. have  siblings3. are  home  owners4. are  non-­‐smokers5. drink  coffee  in  the  morning6. enjoy  going  for  walks7. enjoy  online  classes8. enjoy  watching  movies9. have  a  front  door  mat10. have  at  least  1  mirror  at  home 3
  • 4. 11. do  own  laundry12. are  employed  full  time13. have  worked  more  than  12  hours  in  a  day.14. do  not  doodle15. like  to  do  experiments16. have  played  a  musical  instrument  at  one  time17. prefer  reading  real  books  for  pleasure  over  ebooks18. have  driven  over  the  Golden  Gate  Bridge19. have  been  or  will  be  visiting  the  Eiffel  Tower20. have  never  been  to  Africa21. have  not  visited  the  Great  Wall  of  China22. have  joined  a  club23. still  keep  in  touch  with  college  friends24. use  social  media  regularly25. smartphone  users  (60%  android,  10%  iphone)26. have  been  robbed  in  the  past27. have  crashed  a  car28. have  missed  a  payment  on  time.29. have  spent  over  $500  for  an  item  from  a  stranger  through  the  internet.3  out  of  5  team  members  (60%)  have  the  following  in  common:1. live  in  USA2. have  worked  in  another  country3. are  married4. have  children5. are  pet  owners6. have  divorced  parents  at  one  time7. do  not  live  in  a  single  family  dwelling8. have  business  related  college  education.9. have  started  his/her  own  business10. worked  for  a  start-­‐up11. have  suffered  a  long  period  of  unemployment12. have  experienced  career  changes.13. have  had  traffic  violations  in  the  past14. have  never  been  hypnotized15. are  diet  conscious16. have  not  been  sick  in  the  past  6  months17. do  not  suffer  chronic  health  issues.18. have  not  suffered  a  broken  bone.19. have  participated  in  social  media20. still  keep  in  touch  with  2ndary  school  friends 4
  • 5. 21. still  keep  in  touch  with  primary  school  friends22. are  not  interested  in  politics  Team  Member  Comments Patricia This  assignment  opened  up  the  opportunity  for  me  to  discover  Google’s  virtual  drive  and   shared  document  application.    The  survey  list  took  on  a  life  on  its  own  as  the  team   members  contribute  and  enriched  its  content.    Although  the  assignment  was  to  find  as   many  common  things  among  the  members,  the  differences  were  the  most  interesting.    I   enjoyed  this  assignment  and  the  process  of  developing  the  dataset  with  the  team. Penny The  first  assignment  took  us  from  the  status  of  being  total  strangers  to  online  co-­‐ conspirators  in  about  96  hours.  I  was  left  with  appreciation  for  how  skillfully  and   responsibly  everyone  stepped  up  (except  for  one  team  member,  who  understandably   played  a  background  role  due  to  work-­‐related  travel)  as  soon  as  they  could  clear  the  time.   Our  schedule  and  time  zone  differences  were  not  so  much  of  a  problem  as  one  might   expect.  There  always  seemed  to  be  someone  willing  to  push  the  effort  forward  on  any  given   day.     Personally,  I  lapsed  into  habits  (we  won’t  debate  good  or  bad  here….) of  jumping  headlong  into  a  project  with  a  short  deadline  (not  attempting  to get  consensus,  just  doing  and  seeing  what  the  obstacles  were)  and  using  email  like  a  lasso   to  pull  in  a  distributed  team.  I  made  some  mistakes,  like  going  down  a  rabbit  hole  of  using   SW  I  did  not  know  well  (Pinterest)  and  not  looking  first  at  an  important  assignment   requirement  (the  submission  format  for  the  deliverable).  The  team  was  gracious  about   trying  to  wrestle  with  the  SW  and  even  my  missteps  had  some  value  in  that  they  allowed  us   to  see  how  we  would  need  to  react  if  someone  gets  off  into  the  weeds  again  in  the  future. Robin This  was  a  wonderful  opportunity  to  start  learning  about  education  through  online  courses   as  well  creativity!  I  enjoyed  thinking  about  Tina’s  Innovation  Engine  model  and  it  was   interesting  to  see  how  we  found  so  many  internal  factor  commonalities  but  so  few  external   factor  commonalities.  One  reason  for  this  may  be  because  it  is  easier  to  brainstorm  about   things  with  which  you  are  more  familiar,  ie  it  is  easier  to  think  about  my  personal  traits  as   opposed  to  the  aspects  of  my  external  environment.      In  addition,  I  was  surprised  at  how   much  time  several  of  us  spent  on  this  assignment  considering  there  are  no  formal  incentives   to  do  so.  I  am  looking  forward  to  continuing  working  with  this  team! Sandy  Thanks  to  knowing  Robin  via  Twitter,  I  was  invited  and  welcomed  to  this  team.  The  team  I   originally  was  put  on  did  not  participate  at  all  this  first  week,  despite  several  attempts  to   contact  them.  I  was  thrilled  to  see  that  they  had  this  spreadsheet  of  commonalities   happening  and  learned  a  lot  about  each  of  my  new  team  members  in  a  short  time.  I  am   really  looking  forward  to  exploring  our  creativity  and  a  team  and  as  individuals  and  learning   from  each  other. 5