Participants are often amazed at what they can produce from a series of bizarre collection of items. Disbelieving looks are common when the challenge is first explained. Supplied with a game board and a set of detailed game cards they discuss within their team and then share information and resources with other teams to develop a strategy to create the most creative series of simple machines.
As participants advance into the planning and construction they become more convinced about what they can achieve together as a group with a true sense of common purpose. Once each simple machine is created they join them together as a team and then teams connect their series of simple machines to the next team’s simple machines, creating on long chain or knock on effects. Testing and retesting then ensues with all participants adjust their creations to ensure that it will flow from start to finish without a hiccup!
After construction and testing is complete, triggering the reaction is full of suspense and excitement bringing everyone together in a celebration as they have worked together towards a common goal which they watch unfold before their eyes.
Learning and development outcomes
Successful teams understand the task, the cards, assess available resources, make a rough plan and then throughout construction, they appraise, and accordingly adapt and modify their initial plan. Teams work to develop a common vision, developing a shared strategy which they put into place by applying excellent project and resource management skills. Collaboration between the teams to share knowledge and resources is imperative to success and to extend the limits of creativity. In the testing stages teams learn to be persistent in the face of difficulty with an eye for detail in working towards excellence.
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Team dynamics and human resource management are put to the test in the planning phase as the design is divided into small segments, requiring both human and physical resources to be divided into smaller working groups. The build and testing phases require co-ordination not only between teams, but between distinct technical skills and project management strategies as the teams face their ultimate challenge – does each component function and does it connect with the next to create a cascading series of cause and effect?
Once completed the first team sets off their Chain Reaction, which in turn triggers the next team’s creation, and so on until a giant Chain Reaction has been completed around the room.
You can choose to add a competitive element where teams are awarded points based on innovation and function resulting in a winning team.
A highlight video of your Chain Reaction can be viewed with colleagues, friends and family as a reminder of the event enjoyment and collaborative company success.
Learning and development outcomes
Chain Reaction is fast becoming the ultimate team building event requiring proficient project management skills to design and build an intricate sequence of reactions. These ultimately lead to an exciting finale where all the creations are joined together to achieve a spectacular common goal.
Use this challenging team building activity to develop excellent teamwork and project management skills while stimulating creativity and innovation.
Chain Reaction emulates a real life project as teams are constrained by limited time and resources. Drawing on their problem solving, creativity and communication skills teams must work together effectively in the design phase to create a realistic scope. Will ambition overtake ability?
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Working within time constraints means that good communication between teams is essential for the seamless integration of every team’s efforts, leading to success in a spectacular finale.
Imagine the atmosphere as your team enters a giant adults’ toyshop full of Meccano! The objective is to build a series of large contraptions which, when placed in the right sequence, perform an amazing chain reaction of events where each device triggers the next in an ingenious way.
If teams get everything right the final piece is triggered, the one tonne weight drops and the rat gets it (well not literally).
Rat Trap is a team building event where groups work collaboratively to achieve a common goal.
Rather than being led by instructions, teams use their own ingenuity to work out what goes where and who does what. This means the end result is a pure representation of their endeavours, resourcefulness and communication.
The trick with Rat Trap is for teams to be conscious of the bigger picture, as each structure has to be built in the right way and be placed in the right position for everything to work.
The end result, which started life as a room full of ‘bits’, never fails to inspire groups and show them what they are capable of when they apply a little teamwork and lateral thinking.
With the emergence of coffee shops on every street and around every corner, consumers have never had so much choice – and competition has never been so fierce. Coffee has become as central to a person’s morning routine as brushing their teeth.
With that in mind, Bean Around The World offers an excellent opportunity to taste the demands of success in an international market. Teams will learn that getting ahead in such a lively, world wide business takes a very high level of market intelligence, customer service and lightning-quick reactions in order to be able to keep up with ever changing consumer trends.
Teams play the part of coffee traders and must provide the supply chain from producer to outlet to consumer. The game’s competitive environment hones teams’ focus on important issues such as operating smoothly within a complex supply chain, the power of good information, risk management, win-win negotiation and the potential sacrifice of long-term strategy for short-term success – and vice versa.
Bean Around The World is the ideal stimulant for any conference programme. Its dynamic environment is sure to energise participants and generate fresh approaches and ideas. A review and analysis session concludes this welcome break from the regular grind; one which will have teams feeling completely reinvigorated.