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Motivation HIGH. We decided to focus on one specific opportunity that we had identified last week and explored new ideas to enhance it. In the 1st round of brainstorm we generated 60 ideas but we felt we needed more so we posed a challenge/question on Facebook. “If you were a fish, how would you like to be sold?”. In about a hour around other 60 ideas were generated by online friends and users (is this what people call “collaboration?) . We then cluster them and decided to step forward to another exercise that will be part of today’s meeting at MARL (yes, we are going there again, and we are going to spend the night there – smells like fish again!).

In the afternoon we designed the new distribution system to be implemented in the upcoming weeks. We are gonna iterate today and see if everybody agrees with it. It’s looking good.

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Like we’ve experienced, Design Thinking is not only about having a human centered approach in order to create innovative solutions (and post its explosions) but it is also about creating the right conditions to develop empathy within members of a team. Being in Berlin taking the Design Think course gave us inspiration. At the beginning of the day we would do a warm up –  some physical activity that would push the teams to a greater spirit.

We decided in this project to take this to another level and so we play a “ninja” game every time we feel our energy is going a little bit down. We think fun has a great part in the way we work. we try to play some games (“ninja” is our favorite), make some good lunch breaks (pataniscas and wine are sometimes part of the menu) and to facilitate ideas an connections in our brains we take – always – a power nap. 20 minutes of sleeping or meditation, depending on the mood. This is a serious project but we couldn’t do it without having any fun.