I was at an interview where we had to work in a team of 10 and we were required to solve two different problems with a final solution. We had 1 hour. We were acting as colleagues working for a software company which our systems had been hacked. The task was to come up with a solution to each problem and present our findings in a presentation. We did not have to create anything physically or do anything away from the table.
We knew the problems but did not know the solution for each. So we needed a problem solving team with autonomy. The team had little knowledge of the problem domain and skills in the area.
I was not sure on the following:
1) Divide the team into 2 (5 each) and each team to solve one problem. 1 hour for each problem. What happens if the good problem solver is not in both teams?
2) Be in one team of 10 and solve two problems. Divide the time so you have 30 mins for problem 1 and 30 mins for problem 2. So more input but less time. Remember that we do not know much about the subject.
The main question is: How to configure a team for this purpose?