Strategic Problem Resolution and Innovation Training (SPRINT) is the newest project under the
training and development cluster that focuses on problem solving and innovation.
Through an engaging program, SPRINT aims to empower both its core and participants with
the tools and abilities to solve problems in various situations with systems thinking at its core.
Furthermore, it will provide an avenue for MEAns to explore their creativity
and innovation skills by interacting and collaborating with fellow MEAns.
Projected Timeline: September to November
Join if you want to become a better problem-solver and innovator, make history with
SPRINT's second iteration, and have fun alongside like-minded MEAns!
SPRINT 2021 HIGHLIGHTS
Rebranding of GTKM to SPRINT
As SPRINT this year strived to build its foundation as the premier problem-solving seminar in MEA, definitive steps were taken to ensure that a unique and improved identity and branding is being established. Firstly, the project’s focus was revamped from being wide-ranging to specific by creating a learning experience that is geared towards problem-solving and decision-making. Second, the project name, the logo and the visual assets of the project were also revamped with help from MCD and Campaigns for project recognition.
Lap 1 was the first launch of SPRINT as the primary problem-solving seminar in MEA. This week-long segment primarily aims to give MEAns learning avenues and resources that require low commitment from participants. Covering topics such as Stakeholder Management, Process Orientation, Collaboration and Innovation, the contents of the launch included short videos, mini puzzles, Instagram story games, and a Google Slides adventure, each aiming to provide accessible and digestible learning for the members of the whole organization.
Core Training Sessions
In an effort to provide more core-centered initiatives and to fulfill the project thrust of providing meaningful and engaging experience in all phases of the project, Core Training Sessions were held. The primary goal of this was to further the professional and personal growth of our core members. There were three training sessions: one asynchronous and two synchronous, covering the topics of Stakeholder Management, the Cynefin Framework and Innovation Management.
Core Alignment Sessions
To foster a space for inter- committee collaboration and to ensure that each core member is updated and aware of the happenings within the project, Core Alignment Sessions were scheduled. These Core Alignment Sessions were either held in a core- wide scale (similar to General Assemblies) wherein each committee would provide their respective updates to the rest of the SPRINT team, or in a core specific scale, wherein committee heads, with the help of a project manager, brief their core members, of their roles and responsibilities for the coming initiatives.
WHAT'S NEW for SPRINT 2122
With SPRINT happening during the first semester, extending the program from 1 week last year to 2.5 weeks this year will allow for a more spaced-out and digestible program. See the November timeline below for a tentative schedule.
But won’t 2.5 weeks be tiring for core and participants? Though that is a possibility, the extension of the program
duration will be done alongside a reinvention of the program structure. Enough opportunities for rest will be allotted with core and participant well-being in mind.
SPRINT this year will follow design thinking as the sole guiding framework that streamlines the entire program.
This will be integrated throughout every phase of the project execution as well as in the core working process.
As opposed to SPRINT 2021's multiple program segments, these will be integrated for practicality and digestibility. Over the 2.5 weeks of SPRINT, there will be 3 synchronous sessions that serve the purpose of mini-activities, modules, and talks all in one.
Reinvented Case Competition
As opposed to SPRINT 2021's case competition, SPRINT 2122 will have a more personal and learning-driven culminating activity approach. Though the problem-solving technicalities will still be taught, opportunities for participants to apply these will be less rigid and technical.
Merged Programs Core
With the intended reinventions in the program, SPRINT will have a singular Programs core unlike last year’s Main Programs and Case Competition Specialists. Once the program structure’s been finalized, delegations will be done accordingly by the Program Heads.
But won’t 2.5 weeks of programs be too much? As the PMs intend for a more streamlined and digestible program this year, the work would still be manageable, especially considering the size of the core this year, consisting of 3 Programs Heads and 12 Programs Core.
Empowered Campaigns Core
To create more value for the Campaigns Core, it will be rebranded into MarkCamp (Marketing Campaigns). In
addition to usual collateral creation, MarkCamp will have a more strategical marketing role now in collaboration
with other cores from the planning phase of the project.