Uptake Values in Action: Motorcycle Challenge

At Uptake, we’re taking on a broad range of complex problems and tackling them with a multicultural, multidisciplinary team. In my opinion, it’s the most exciting part of working here.

I partner with some terrific people who all share a sense of urgency and purpose. Everyone brings complementary expertise and diverse perspectives to bear with an agile approach, which allows us to iterate quickly and continually learn from each other.

To stretch our capabilities, a group of Uptakers recently participated in a team challenge at Moto Guild, where we split up into three groups and were tasked to re-assemble a motorcycle in under 3.5 hours.

What unfolded was incredibly satisfying. I was the only member of my team with domain expertise, but that didn’t hold us back. My team huddled over an assembly manual to familiarize ourselves with the end goal and the several baskets of parts in front of us. In the first 20 minutes, we self-organized and began building sections of the motorcycle—first in groups of two or three at the front or rear of the bike, and then individually. We sought help from each other when needed, tackling unfamiliar roadblocks as a team.

Through the exercises I noticed other teams approaching the work in the same way, distributing work among themselves, with each member understanding what they needed to do to realize the end goal. Our fastest team set a record by completing their motorcycle build in a little more than 2 hours. It was the sweet sound of the revving engine that indicated success.

This project was the perfect opportunity to combine the skills we use to build software—self-teaching and problem solving—with our values. Everyone on the workshop floor was curious to learn something new, flexible enough to try different assignment, and simply trusted each other to help get each part done.
Check out the video below to see our values in action.

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