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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
Figure 1. Commonalities based on Internal Factors Figure 2. Commonalities based on External Factors 2
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
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
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