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Make Room for Play


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Sean Durham and Alexa Roman's talk from Smashing Conference Whistler 2014 Jam Session. Ways we use play at Carbon Five to drive product definition, motivate the team, connect with our community and build capabilities.

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Make Room for Play

  1. 1. Make Room for Play Sean Durham + Alexa Roman @carbonfive
  2. 2. WHY PLAY?
  3. 3. a state of being active, operative, or effective. Play
  4. 4. Play opens us up to serendipity and inspiration
  5. 5. Some or all 
 of the psychological 
 and intellectual factors 
 implicit in game-playing 
 are equally implicit in 
 successful problem-solving. … ” “ —Paul Rand
  6. 6. motivation competition challenge stimulus goal promise anticipation interest curiosity skill observation analysis perception judgment improvisation coordination timing concentration abstraction discretion discrimination economy patience
  7. 7. Without play, there would be no Picasso. Without play, there is no experimentation. Experimentation is the quest for answers. —Paul Rand ” “
  8. 8. WHY PLAY? Clarifies VISION Cultivates COMMUNITY Motivates THE TEAM Builds CAPABILITIES
  9. 9. Play clarifies vision
  10. 10. Play cultivates community
  11. 11. Play motivates the team
  12. 12. Play builds capabilities
  13. 13. Demo time