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    I have heard that the average human being uses 10% of their brain's potential. Whether that's true or not, this blog is a mirror of at least part of my brain's functionality and activity. It is an outlet through which I share my experiences and escapades here at CSS. I hope that in between the mixed metaphors and rambling in my posts, you find something valuable. I have an overwhelming interest learning new things and expanding my horizons (which is why I am here). Wait, I just lost my train of thought... Welcome to my 'Pensieve' ~ thinking out loud..

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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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