T1FC – Closing the Startup Pirates HW Ed Event

T1FC - Closing the Startup Pirates HW Ed Event


It was challenging, it was tough, it was tiring, but it was hugely gratifying!!

The T1FC, as a Team Building exercise, included in the first day of the Startup Pirates HW Ed, was our biggest event until now – 6 team with a total of 42 people.

It was 7 hours of intensive learning and building activities, concluded with the delivery of the final product – the Drone. And they flew!!

Some photos and comments have already been shared in FB (https://www.facebook.com/the1stfloorchallenge/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/1FloorChallenge) (look for the #T1FC tag) – Take a look!

We learnt a lot with the participants!

The plan is to, in the next couple of days, update the event’s Website with the final classification – keep tuned ;)

Everything Is Ready For Tomorrow’s Event In Lisbon

T1FC-Everything is ready for tomorrow event


We are very excited of being part of the Startup Pirates experience!

ufff… all the material is finally ready for tomorrow!… The event preparation shown to be much more heavy than the preparation of the previous ones.

Around 40 people will attend the T1FC in a unique and intensive session of 7 hours.

To guarantee that all of them get the best of the session, while having fun, is a huge challenge for us.

Keep tuned in our Facebook and Twitter accounts to get real-time info on the event!

Looking forward to see you tomorrow, Pirates!

Startup Pirates @ Lisbon Partnership

Startup Pirates @ Lisbon Partnership

Big news for us at The 1st Floor Challenge today.

We are very happy to announce an amazing partnership with Startup Pirates @ Lisbon. This partnership provides Startup Pirates @ Lisbon Hardware Edition participants the chance to get in touch with Design Thinking and apply Project Management, PMBOK® and PRiSM™ best practices in an hands-on real-world simulated scenario. Participants will have fun building a drone – quadcopter – from scratch while playing different execution and management activities. This learning activity will be the foundations for the event’s Team Building session. Pirates will engage in an amazing team building activity to better know each other and create strong connections between them.

Know more about the event here: http://lisbon.startuppirates.org/

See you there Pirates!

The 1st Floor Challenge – Learn from Experience

T1FC - The 1 Floor Challenge

We have recently took the T1FC challenge to 26 Project Management graduate students from the IUT Lumière Lyon 2. Students had the opportunity to completely execute the 5 project management phases, applied to a real problem – build a quadcopter – while learning Design Thinking and having fun. For most of them this was the first time they run an entire project – an awesome experience, they say!

The Lyon’s two days event was headed by a one day challenge in Portugal. Three, almost, consecutive days of T1FC was an outstanding experience for us. It generated a whirlwind of ideas and information sharing that finally helped us to understand the entire T1FC’s potential and to put in the right track.

If you read our previous post you can conclude that the T1FC was designed, from scratch, to be a hands-on and funny challenge where participants learn/apply Project Management and Design Thinking methodologies while build a quadcopter in a real-world simulated scenario.

As a result of several retrospectives, it is now clear that The 1st Floor Challenge intercepts three different domains, to which we are happy with:

  • Project Management
  • Design Thinking
  • Team Building

But why Team Building and how T1FC can help?

The literature is full of definitions for Team Building, a good one seems to be: “is the use of different types of interventions that are aimed at enhancing social relations and clarifying team members’ roles, as well as solving tasks and interpersonal problems that affect team functionality”. Of course that there are a lot of available activities you can choose for your Team Building event, but it is the problem: TB activities are so far from the real world team’s tasks and roles that, in the best case, they are just seen as a ‘jolly’ moment by team members who were invited to participate.

Said that, let’s go back to the definition. It states three important aspects: “…enhancing social relations and clarifying team members’ roles … and [help to solve] interpersonal problems that affect team functionality.” Most of the companies, when think in TB, have two objectives in mind: 1. Help people to work together, instead of individually and 2. Help people in order to reduce resistant to change, to guarantee that resistance does not affect the group’s ability to move forward.

How are these two objectives achieved when you put your people to play silly games to which they are not motivated and see no clear (real world) objective? Wasn’t it better to have the chance to do Team Building in a close to real scenario simulation?

What if your team members are able to play the roles they play in everyday work in a controlled and fun real life simulation environment? This is The 1st Floor Challenge!

With the T1FC you have the possibility to give your teams the chance to learn/practice the PMBOK best practices, learn/practice Design Thinking, learn to work together, socialize and be part of an experience that is close to what they will find in their everyday work. Because team members, actually play and practice on a simulated scenario, they will be able to better translate the acquired learning to their everyday work. The outcomes of the Team Building event will persist much more than when you play out-of-the-office silly games… and don’t forget that Team Building is only useful if it happens continuously, it needs to be part of the corporate culture.

The T1FC can, for sure, help on this – Give it a try, you will get a memorable Team Building experience!

Join us – Play, Learn and Grow!

– The T1FC Team (http://www.the1stfloorchallenge.com/)

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