Happy International Project Management Day!

T1FC - Happy International Project Management Day!

On November, 4 2004, Frank P. Saladis founded The international Project Management Day (IPM day). The intention of this day, says Frank Saladis is: to encourage project based organizations worldwide or organizations who utilize project management methodologies to schedule some type of recognition event within their organizations or coordinated locally with others to truly demonstrate appreciation for the achievements of project managers and their teams.

IPM Day is always the first Thursday in November, and this year we decided to celebrate it by giving a special gift to the team who is in the 1st position of “The 1st Floor Challenge” workshop. We prepared this postcards and sent them to commemorate.

Celebrate this wonderful day by submitting one of your successful projects.

Happy IPM’s Day!
The Emeteclass & The 1st Floor Challenge Team

Take Part Of Our Growth! You Ask, We Answer!

T1FC-Take Part Of Our Growth! You Ask, We Answer!


We are excited for the upcoming new year opportunities and growth.

As we bethink on a this year work, we are preparing our website to better communicate with all of you. We are thinking to create a place where readers find handy information about their needs.

The challenge is to create a FAQ page that readers will find useful.

In order to find out what questions our readers are “really” asking, we want to encourage everyone to participate in the construction of T1FC´s FAQs in an open way.

How to do it?

  • Send your questions to t1fc@the1stfloorchallenge.com. You can write it in your native language.
  • The T1FC team selects the top 10 questions, and prepare an answer.
  • We verify the answer accuracy in order to ensure the answer addresses the question accurately.
  • We create a FAQ page in T1FC website.

And now is our time to ask you some questions.

Do you think it is important to create opportunities for readers to add topics, add questions or rate an answers?

We are thankful for your contributions to our perspectives on learning. We appreciate if you share “You Ask, We Answer!” initiative with your friends. We our excited to answer all your questions!

Participar em Workshops é Interessante. Construir um Drone num Workshop… é Super Divertido!

The 1st Floor Challenge (T1FC), Lisbon 2015.06.06


O workshop The 1st Floor Challenge (T1FC) é um workshop de Gestão de Projetos que decorre durante um dia inteiro. Tem a sua componente teórica e depois, como o próprio nome indica, é proposto um desafio prático aos participantes. É formada uma equipa, onde cada membro têm um papel específico a desempenhar durante o projeto – neste caso foi As Três Mosqueteiras e D’Artagnan. Havia várias responsabilidades, por exemplo, uma pessoa era responsável por “Cortar”, outra por “Colar”, outra por “Montar”, “Inspeccionar” e ainda “Motivador”.

O desafio era montar um drone a baixo custo, durante x tempo proposto pelo cliente, aplicando as metodologias de gestão de projetos que nos foram ensinadas. Na primeira parte foi-nos apresentado o conceito de Design Thinking, no sentido em que devemos perceber o que o nosso cliente pretende, mesmo que este não se consiga expressar corretamente. Aqui tivemos um pequeno desafio, o nosso cliente pediu-nos um drone para um determinado efeito e nós tivemos que perceber, de facto, para que é que serviria este drone. É essencial, para um bom projeto, perceber ao início o que é pretendido. Podemos fazer algo muito bem feito, mas se não for aquilo que o cliente quer, fizemos tudo mal.

Na segunda parte foram-nos ensinadas metodologias de gestão de projeto, passo a passo, de uma forma objetiva e simples. Cada metodologia ensinada, era imediatamente aplicada no nosso projeto. Senti que assimilei os conhecimentos muito rápido por este motivo. No final, pusemos mão à obra e construimos o drone. Ainda me lembro de pensar no início “Meu Deus, como é que vou construir um drone? Não percebo nada disto!” e no final fiquei tão feliz porque o drone voou. Percebi que dadas as instruções de montagem, e aplicadas as boas práticas de gestão de projetos, se tornou muito mais fácil de concretizar.

A nossa equipa foi unida e muito motivada, o que também foi positivo. Não nos conhecíamos, mas isso não nos impediu de trabalharmos bem juntos, e até de nos divertirmos. Por vezes havia momentos de pressão, ou situações de risco, e isso uniu-nos mais. O resultado final: o drone voou durante cinco segundos e caiu três vezes, até que se partiu. Mas o que importa é que aprendemos algo novo, e foi um dia muito bem passado.

A equipa era composta por quatro elementos, três dos quais já trabalhadores, e notava-se que estavam entusiasmados por poder aplicar o que aprenderam no seu meio de trabalho. Eu, sendo a única estudante, adaptei as boas práticas para me organizar nos trabalhos de grupo da faculdade. Curiosamente este workshop decorreu numa altura em que tinha muitos trabalhos para entregar num curto espaço de tempo, e tinha que conseguir organizar as minhas tarefas para os concluir atempadamente. Assim, desenhei um esquema, da mesma forma que aprendi neste workshop, onde dividi os meus trabalhos em atividades mais curtas e simples. Estimei uma duração para cada atividade e fiz um schedule. O resultado foi ótimo! Não por ter entregue a tempo – isso iria acontecer de qualquer das formas – mas pelo conforto com que trabalhei, e pela qualidade do trabalho ter sido boa. Não tive que apressar nada, trabalhava com mais calma e, por isso, melhor. O próximo projeto vai ser a minha tese de mestrado que começa já em Janeiro, onde vou por em prática as metodologias de gestão de projetos que aprendi neste workshop.

De todos os workshops que fiz até hoje, este foi sem duvida, o melhor.

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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The 1 Floor Challenge – One Year Later

T1FC - The 1 Floor Challenge

One year ago we started to think on how to merge innovation techniques, in particular Design Thinking, with the PMI – project management – standards. How to train people on both areas, how to make more people aware of this techniques and methodologies and how to guarantee its integration and usage in everyday projects, were the questions that need an answer.

Since the beginning there were two requirement we shouldn’t miss – it had to be hands-on and fun. We spent a couple of months designing the solution. Which challenge should we present to offer a pleasurable event while offering a real learning experience? How to guarantee high levels of interest and involvement during an almost 9h intensive event? How to do everything without any partnership or sponsor? – a considerable investment was needed…

Eat your own dog food – from the beginning we took design thinking mixed with a very agile approach to build the event as quick as possible… We inquired several people, we made small “fake” events, we collected a lot of information from different sources and stakeholder. With such information, it was time to think, study the feasibility, breathe and go for real action. We start the design and implementation of the T1FC beta version. The idea to apply learning methodologies to the construction of a drone was alive, it was time to put it to fly! What will be the reaction?

T1FC beta goes public – two initial sessions were set. As a result a lot of suggestions were collected and a lot of changes have been done. Following the agile spiral we quickly move T1FC to the next level.

After one year, T1FC is now a reality, it is becoming worldwide. We are following a sustainable path, one step at a time, but we are really excited about the two upcoming events – Lisbon and Lyon.

Join us – Play, Learn and Grow!

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