Bonial’s IT Team introduces Knowledge Sharing Guild
Iván Camilo Sanabria
IT is a discipline where people can get caught up by routine. It is full of patterns, use cases, meetings, designs, lines of code, etc. Nevertheless, routine is not always a good practice for resolving problems in any business. In the past, many specialists from different branches broke the routine by doing something outside their discipline, to stimulate the brain and generate ‘voila’ moments that have led to great contributions throughout history.
- Albert Einstein playing the violin.
- Leonardo Da Vinci observing nature.
- Marie Curie riding her bicycle.
Knowledge Sharing Guild at Bonial seeks to break the routine twice a month for 30 minutes, showing concepts and experiences that will help the team to think outside the box and increase their contributions to our business. Also, this space seeks that team members support and promote the personal and professional growth of others, creating greater synergy to expand daily productivity. The sessions that the team have already had helped to think differently and made them eager to learn from different areas. Additionally, they have encouraged team members to become mentors, which is closely aligned to developing leaders in our company. To promote this space, the icebreaker talk was about “The Brain – Part of a Team”. The presentation was inspired by a series of documentaries made by Dr. David Eagleman about the brain. The practice design was based on the concept to evaluate multiple intelligences instead of using the classical IQ test. The problem to resolve as a team was to get the cork out of an empty wine bottle using any of the following elements:
- 2 Liters of water
- 1 kg of sugar
- Cloth napkin
- Air pump
- Clothing hook
- Ball of wool
After 30 minutes, the team explored different ways using various tools to solve the problem. Finally, the team realized how cooperation could be improved, to find simple solutions with a long-term impact, just resolving a problem outside the box.
Iván Camilo Sanabria is a Senior Software Developer who has been working at Bonial for 15 months. He likes being part of IT, however he is also curious about different areas and likes to inform himself on several topics. When he is not in front of a computer or reading a book, he is playing sports or dancing. He is a great admirer of the Italian Renaissance and Marine Life because they remind him that every day is an opportunity to hunt new knowledge.