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On Teamwork and the Marshmallow Challenge

Today, in my System Analysis and Design class, we did a fun activity – the Marshmallow Challenge. We formed 3 teams and each team competed to construct the tallest free-standing structure out of 25 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow in 20 minutes. My team won by almost 6 inches!! Before building, we made two prototypes on paper and started working on one which we thought would be the strongest. This exercise translates to how systems are designed in the workplace by team members collaborating to meet a goal, usually under a tight deadline.

 

We will be doing a number of exercises throughout the semester as we learn more about how systems are designed, implemented, and maintained.

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