Although HP Finance Supply-Chain has its headquarters in the Catalan city of Sant Cugat his team is distributed around the world delivering service to internal customers, mainly to HP Large Format Printing Division. Despite HP is a leader the environment is changing so rapidly that collaborators must be flexible and dynamic to respond quickly and effectively to any change.
The Department of Supply-Chain Finance must also adapt to the needs of its internal customers who strives to achieve the strategic goals of the company while serving very demanding clients. The challenge for this virtual team is to effectively develop tasks that start and evolve at different times and places, often asynchronously. For that reason This they program regular team-building activities to increase mutual understanding and cohesion.
The proposed activity, delivered in English, was an easy and playful evening in which participants face a challenge that had to be solved in a short period of time, with almost no time to learn the needed skills and limited equipment in coordination with teammates whom they do not have face to face contacte . Since the event was during Halloween season a season’s theme cake decorating contest was the chosen activity. Throughout the activity they faced sudden changes in instructions, time availability and some unexpected exchanges of team members. Once the activity ended we processed how groups performed tasks and handled the “incidents” caused by the organization. As not everything has to be formality the best decorated cake was chosen and of course the activity ended with a sweet taste for everyone.
Project date: 2014