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Game: Build your thing
learning objectives/purpose: success only through collaboration; working together across teams; finding a
higher common goal; silent communication; importance of a common vision
duration: 30 to 40 minutes (with debriefing)
participants: >= 6 (the more the better)
preparation: place bricks on a table. Half of the bricks should be blue and the other half should be red (or any other colors). The number of bricks should be around 3 times the number
Have the participants form 3 groups. Tell the participants not to talk anymore.
Give each group one of the following rules on a card (group should keep it a secret for the other groups):
rule 1: arrange the bricks in a circle
rule 2: combine always exactly 2 bricks
rule 3: combine always a red and a blue brick
Make sure everyone in the groups reads the instructions. Tell the groups to execute their instructions.
The game ends, if the participants are finsihed or after 10 minutes.
Possible progression: Groups will first fight each other, later hopefully see that they can all reach their goals together.
After the game reflect together with questions, such as:
Are all the rules fulfilled? How did it feel? Which strategy did the single teams, the single participants apply? Does it feel like a real world situation?
Version 1: More teams and more rules
Version 2: Play with on-shore and off-shore participants; Participants connected via webex are shown the bricks via camera. Theses participants take the manager role. They know 2 rules
plus an extra rule (e.g. in the center of the circle a yellow brick is to be placed). The managers are not allowed to communicate the rules, but are allowed to give orders.
Version 3: Increase the pressure and the chaos by telling that the game is about winning.