Ways of working sessions
Do the people in your department know what’s going on? Really know? Or do they just turn up and do their bit of the process and not understand how other people interact with what they do, or not understand the pressures different teams are under?
You give us a problem that your teams face: whether that be decision-making, working in silos, or dealing with ambiguity. We translate that challenge into an exercise that mirrors the hand-offs, responsibilities, pressures and dependencies of their work, and involve everyone in it, in an exercise that runs for between 30 minutes and three hours. It allows people to experience for themselves what it’s like to handle the budget, or deliver excellent service, or respond to fast-moving developments… sometimes compressing 18 months of procedure and process into a very active, pressured, but fun session.
They will have a better understanding of how their role affects others, and give them an insight into areas where improvements could be made, so the department is leaner, slicker, and fit for purpose.
The Pipelines Exercise
Looks at: decision-making, risk perception
Using a giant chessboard, teams have to identify and lay out a pipeline safely, avoiding pitfalls and maximising economic efficiency.
Looks at: decision-making, dealing with ambiguity and change
Also, using a giant chessboard, the Maze provides an analogous scenario to any activity where a team has to move through uncertain times to achieve their end goal.
The Egg Exercise
Looks at: silos, process safety, communication
With this exercise, the task is to transport a set number of eggs, safely, without breaking them, from one specified point to another, overcoming a number of challenges along the way.
The Cheese and Pickle Sandwich Challenge
Looks at: written processes, clarity of communication
Think making a sandwich is easy? Groups must document the process and procedure in making a cheese and pickle sandwich, using only the materials provided. How robust is your process?
The Boat Race
Looks at: end-to-end design process, teamwork and planning
In teams, the task is to design, build and race a boat on wheels. Design the type of boat you’d like to build, select your materials and construction method, build, and then race. Whose boat will be the fastest?
The Sands of Time
Looks at: portfolio and workflow planning, agility in reacting to change
This exercise represents the planning and delivery of a portfolio of work. Plan the workload you will undertake and seek to deliver the work to the optimum level with the allotted timescale.
The Cup of Tea Game
Looks at: customer/stakeholder relationship building, communication and complex systems
This exercise is designed to put players in the shoes of the ‘customer’ and illustrates how accepting responsibility is crucial to best service.
The Construction Straw Challenge
Looks at: delivering on promises, excellent performance, agility under pressure
This exercise requires teams to work together to create a structure from construction straws. It’s an exercise in delivering excellent performance within a set of parameters: team working, cost, quality and time.
The Crisis Exercise
Looks at: interdependencies of complex systems, communication, siloed working
This exercise tackles a specific challenge faced by the team and brings it to life in an immersive, interactive activity. It’s perfect for teams with a large or complex problem they want to play out in a safe and inclusive space.
The Chairs Game
Looks at: systems thinking, interpersonal relationships, working under pressure
This game allows us to learn about strategy and working together as a team- by using awareness, looking out for those around you, and being able to be more objective from a distance.