Bwere, Daniel E.

In this internship, it is amazing how we work in teams. Unlike our classroom environment where most of the learning happens individually and sometimes in groups, the DIT Design Studio environment dwells on teamwork in order to get the job done. 

During the introduction when most of my colleagues were not familiar with one another, we had a close activity called “Think-Pair-Share”. This activity initially involved proposing a question to the team, then each member was given time to think independently. Thereafter members got into pairs and shared what each one thought of the answer to the question given. Another activity was the icebreaker event which was a rapid prototyping session. This session was a competition between teams. It involved team members building a tall tower using pipe cleaners. The tower had to be able to stand on its own. The event opened interactions in teams that enabled everyone to engage with one another to work as a team in implementing the task at hand. 

 “To maintain creativity and energy, we always work in teams”[1]

The statement above shows why there’s a greater focus on interns at the DIT Design Studio to work in teams. The Human-Centered Design approach isa thorough approach to devising appropriate solutions for challenges within our society. As tedious as it gets, it involves several members working as a team in order to have different ways to get creative and innovative about a task at hand. We see the world in different perspectives. It is thus important to have several perspectives brought together and joined to get an even better perspective.

For instance, when performing research through interviews, an interviewer may miss some reactions from the interviewee. In a team, one team member might be asking questions, the other recording the interviewee’s reactions and another observing the scenes about the locality of the interviewee.

The essence of a team is to be able to cover more ground/scope of a concept effectively. One can be quick and move longer distances alone, but can later realise that a lot of errors were made by not covering a large scope which they could not since they were working alone. Teams cover more ground effectively. They foresee more which helps design better and appropriate solutions to the respective needs in context.

Fig 1: Fellow interns gathering insights during an interview session at MNH

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