The Marshmallow Challenge: icebreaker and lessons teacher

The Marshmallow ChallengeI’ve found an interesting game that can be used both as icebreaker and for teaching a fundamental lesson about the importance of prototyping before fully committing a project (sounds lean? Oh yes, it is!). It’s called the Marshmallow Challenge and can be run by groups of 4, there is no age constrain and requires less than 20 minutes.

Each group has 20 spaghetti, 1 meter of tape, 1 piece of string and 1 Marshmallow. The challenge is to build with them, within 18 minutes range, a self-sustaining structure with the Marshmallow on top of it. The winner is the group that achieve the maximum height between the Marshmallow and the table.

Seems fun, and I think it is, and there are some important lessons that emerge from the game: more info in this TED 2006 talk and in a more recent one. But for me, both bring to the same conclusion: prototyping and a good team move ideas to success ;)

I’ll start adopting this icebreaker in my community meetings, and see what will happen. Sounds cool ;)

New year (not yet), new life (not really), new theme (oh yes)!

A couple of changes happened to this blog: the main language and the theme.

Language: I feel the (fake) need to write to a more international audience, and I need to practice more with English, so the choice is easy ;)

Blog theme: after the first “Rainbowbreeze” theme I’ve created when I moved to WordPress more that 5 year ago, I finally switched to a new theme: DW_Minion by Designwall. Responsive, polish, linear and with still some yellow. Considering my very limited graphic ability, I think this is a good compromise.

Some small changes I applied to the default theme (Appearence -> Customize -> Custom Code -> Header Code):

<style>
#secondary {
 display: none;
}
 
.primary-inner {
 margin-right: 0;
}
 
#post-format {
 display: none;
}
 
@media (min-width: 768px) {
 .site-nav .widget {
 padding-top: 20px;
 margin-top: 20px;
 }
}
 
.lt-ie9 #page {
 padding: 40px 40px 0;
 margin-left: 40px;
}
@media (min-width: 1200px) {
 #page {
 padding: 40px 40px 0;
 }
}
 
.aktt_credit {
 display:none;
}
</style>

Basically, I totally hidden the secondary (right) column of the theme, some small changes to margins and paddings while on a desktop screen and other minor stuff.

Suggestion on improvements? Let me know!

Alcuni video sulle “persone sincronizzate”

Mi ero stupito guardando la precisione di tutte le persone che avevano preso parte alla cerimonia di apertura delle olimpiadi di Pechino del 2008, ma evidentemente non conoscevo che gli orientali non sono nuovi a questo genere di sport: “le persone sincronizzate”

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZkTCrolFlo

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBm8hXyUl1g

Tanto bello quanto inquietante!

Joe Gebbia @ tnw2012 keynote

Bella presentazione di Joe Gebbia, il co-founder di AirBnb, che spiega alla platea la storia della sua startup: sono partiti da un bisogno concreto, hanno provato a soddisfare quel bisogno, hanno ascoltato i feedback dei primi utenti per rifinire il prodotto e ora hanno creato uno strumento che ha fatto emergere nuove forme di creativita’.