By the end of the event, 11 teams had formed for the upcoming Global Developer Circles Community Challenge, which will take place this Saturday, October 28th at the MEST Accra Incubator.
One of the group founders and MEST Incubator company Aidahbot CTO John Otu sums up his key takeaways from the event.
The Best Teams Are Diverse
Team diversity can never be over-emphasized. It was obvious during this workshop how important difference is when people come together for a single purpose. The meetup focused on getting members ready with teams and ideas for the Global Developer Circles Community Challenge — a competition open to individuals and teams of individuals to build solutions that help developers work and connect better.
Ideation can be easy if you follow the right process
A lot of times we struggle to come up with ideas for projects and businesses but it needn’t be that way. There are proven techniques for brainstorming and funneling a large amount of thought into a very refined and apt idea. Some of the tips Miishe gave for a rewarding brainstorming session included:
- avoiding judgment of ideas at the onset
- encouraging wild ideas
- preferring quantity over quality of ideas
- assessing ideas one at a time
- being very graphic (no words) about how we think they will work
This simple process handed 11 teams sound ideas for the challenge in just a few minutes.
Teams are as strong as the sum of their individual strengths
Companies need to consciously hire diverse members in order to have a holistic team with different legs of support. For a startup or tech business, Miishe posited you’ll need hustlers, hackers and hipsters. The hustler (business guy, project manager, etc) brings the story and network, the hacker (backend/fullstack developer) shapes the product to do the things it’s meant to do while the hipster (UI/UX or frontend designer/developer) designs and implements a high quality experience for users of a product. These roles fit together to form good quality product teams. Beyond specific roles, members of different sexes, races, and cultures can bring perspective that can result in great benefits to a team.
If you want to learn more, Miishe’s deck on Ideation & Team Building can be found here. Make sure not to miss the Global Developer Circles Community Challenge happening this Saturday from 9am to 5pm at the MEST Accra Incubator!
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