Higher Education CoP - Collaborating in Teams under Complex, Uncertain Conditions

This is a joint NCPMI Higher Education CoP and Duke Project Management CoP event

In this session participants will complete a simple team assignment with restrictions that highlight the challenges of communication, collaboration, and coordinating stakeholders. Participants will build a structure out of Legos that must conform to design specifications and use available materials. All participants must operate within the limits of their defined roles and in the available time. After completing the exercise, we will debrief the experience as a group, discussing topics such as observed behaviors, unexpected challenges, and how team members collectively organize and solve problems. The activity mimics many workplace challenges common to project management.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will:

  • Gain an understanding of the value of collaboration
  • Explore the benefits and challenges associated with collaboration
  • Develop a mindset of looking at the bigger picture: migrating from problem solving in a silo to reaching out to other resources and understanding the larger system at play
  • Engage in problem solving as a team
  • Observe their own behaviors in protecting or sharing information across teams

 About the Speakers


Fritz Gugelmann, PhD Director, Business Development, Duke Corporate Education

Fritz Gugelmann joined Duke CE in 2009. He currently works in program design and business development. Fritz has facilitated in programs with Boehringer Ingelheim, Cisco, Caterpillar, Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Duke Chapel.

In addition to his program work, Fritz has spent much of his time at Duke CE managing the global educator network, primarily in North America. He also worked on the early development of the network in Asia (2011-2012).

Fritz received his AB from Princeton University in 1998. He completed a Master’s degree and his PhD at Duke University in 2007. He completed his MBA at NC State in 2013.

Mary Kay Leigh, D.Ed., MBA, Director, New Commercial Models

An adult learning professional with 20 years of experience designing, developing and delivering learning solutions for professionals in a variety of industries in both domestic and global locations, Mary Kay joined the Durham office of Duke CE in April 2011. She serves as a project director for a global client team. Her role includes client relationship management, program design and delivery, budget creation and implementation, supplier engagement, and overall project leadership.

Mary Kay has a B.A in Psychology from Stonybrook University, an MBA from Long Island University and an Ed.D. from Rutgers University.  Mary Kay is MBTI and DDI certified.

Free Parking: West Pettigrew Parking Deck, 704 West Pettigrew Street, Durham, NC


Paid Parking: Brightleaf Square Parking Lot, 905 West Main Street, Durham, NC


Networking: 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Presentation: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM


Event Details

Event Date 07-11-2019 2:30 pm
Event End Date 07-11-2019 4:30 pm
Registration Start Date 02-26-2019
Registered 78
Available place 22
Cut off date 07-10-2019 5:30 pm
Individual Price Free
Location The Chesterfield
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