Recently a friend of mine introduced me to logic puzzles and I thought, “Hey! This would make a good problem solving activity to do with a virtual team!” Luckily, a colleague in the Challenge Course industry had the same idea! The following activity comes from teamworkandteamplay.com
- The contest judges awarded first prize to the apple pie.
- The peach pie won second place.
- The cherry pie was so sour the judges did not place it in the top five places.
- Betty’s pie placed lower than Andy’s pie and higher than Dave’s pie.
- Ellen’s pie was one of the best she ever made.
- Sarah substituted brown sugar for regular sugar in her pie.
- Sarah did not receive either first or sixth prize.
- Andy has never entered a fruit pie in the county fair.
- The chocolate pie placed one place higher than pecan pie.
- One person won two prizes, for fifth and sixth places and one of these pies was blueberry.
- What strategies or tools did your team use to solve this puzzle?
- Did a leader emerge in this problem solving activity? What made them the leader?
- Was the leader who you expected? Why or why not?
- Think about the projects your team takes on: Does the leadership role ever change? How do you decide who will be the best leader for each project?
- Does it make sense to always have the same person be the leader? Why or why not?
Amy “Jesso” Watson
Challenge Course Manager
(503) 538-2763, ext. 105