In The Winter Over Mystery Game, individuals in a team have to share information only they know to solve a mystery. The team will need to learn to communicate and sort critical from irrelevant information, in the process solving a problem that can only be solved as a complete team. The simulation is deliberately themed with memorable research from Antarctica, and the insights gained are then applied to real work contexts.
- To learn how to work as a team to develop hypotheses based in information available.
- To show how to develop better knowledge as a team goes through multiple cycles of hypothesis development and testing.
- To help teams understand leadership, communication, cooperation and conflict issues in team problem solving.
- To look at how to design efficient processes.
The experience is debriefed after the simulation. The value of this debrief is that issues that arise in the simulation
can be discussed in a safe environment to facilitate action planning and practical applications in the workplace.
The session is based on an authentic case study related to the US Antarctic McMurdo base station design. The scientists who used the original station realized that while individual components of the station were effective, it was not effective as a whole. The new master plan demonstrated the value of an overriding strategy – including how to minimize and reduce distances between touch points, and how to improve the general processes and flow. The principles learnt from the case study example are transferred to the workplace, and participants consider how teams can run more effective projects and meetings through better strategic planning. By focusing on the core and critical activities and removing ‘waste’, teams learn how to lead for more efficient communication and collaboration.