Congratulations To All Who Have Participated In The T1FC at IUT Lumière Lyon 2!

IUT Lumière Lyon 2 - 2016

This is the second time we bring the T1FC at IUT Lumière Lyon 2. It was attended by 55 students of the courses: Coordinateur de Projet en Systèmes d’Information, Coordinateur de Projet en Gestion des Risques, Coordinateur de Projets en Gestion de la Sous-Traitance – Chargé d’affaires.

During the day they learned and practiced innovation, project management and sustainability while doing a real project. They had to negotiate and make decisions in initiating, planning and execution phases, while continuously monitoring the work.

Congratulations to all who have participated! Your presence together with your active contributions, good performance, feedback and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated. We appreciate your positive feedback, and we will certanly take all your ideas on board to improve.

A big thank you. We will be there the next year!

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 (

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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 (

The 1st Floor Challenge – Está na hora de estudar Inovação e Gestão de Projetos duma forma divertida!

The 1st Floor Challenge

The 1st Floor challenge é uma competição global, organizada pela Emeteclass e pela Stellio, onde os participantes aprendem de uma forma divertida os conceitos de inovação e as melhores práticas da gestão de projetos. Mais do que uma brincadeira, os participantes têm a oportunidade de experimentar, num caso real, boas praticas que aumentam a sua probabilidade de ter sucesso em áreas tão importantes como a inovação e a gestão de projetos.

Partindo de um cenário previamente estabelecido, cada equipa constroi como produto final um quadcopter (drone) seguindo as boas práticas aprendidas previamente. Este desafio envolve a comunicação com o cliente, a utilização de metodologias de inovação para adicionar valor aos requisitos iniciais dos clientes, criar e planear um projeto global, executar e acompanhar o projeto e, finalmente, apresentar ao cliente e encerrar o projeto onde serão analisadas as consequências das decisões tomadas ao longo da simulação.

No passado dia 27 de Setembro foi lançado oficialmente a competição The 1st Floor Challenge. O evento teve lugar no Instituto de Telecomunicações de Aveiro, onde a equipa SALINAS aprendeu durante todo o dia técnicas e ferramentas para adicionar valor ao cliente e realizou um projeto dentro dos objetivos propostos. Veja as fotos do evento.


  • 07 PDU’s para se candidatar ao exame de certificação PMP®, ou caso queira renovar a sua certificação,
  • Um certificado de presença, e a possibilidade de ver o seu projeto no Hall of Fame,
  • Bolachas, café, e muita diversão.


  • Design Thinking
  • Guia PMBOK®
  • Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures
  • Practice Standard for Scheduling
  • Practice Standard for Project Risk Management

Inscreva-se no nosso desafio. Irá trabalhar dentro de uma equipa de quatro pessoas onde cada intervenção conta para a classificação final.

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