What happens when your team encounters a problem?  Moan. Complain. Ignore. Hide?

Problem solving is a day-to-day occurrence for project teams. The team is in uncharted territory, creating something new, so things are bound to come up. The question is, what do we do when the “stuff hits the fan.”

Here’s one approach to improve your team’s problem solving…play!!  See our video below where Amanda explains the connection.

How do you integrate play into work?  It depends what sort of prediction you hope to improve.

  • Understanding my teammates:  Almost any game will do. As Plato said “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”
    • Party games: communication preferences (e.g. Cranium, Balderdash, etc.)
    • Strategy board games: tolerance for risk (e.g. Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, etc.)
    • Team games: group decision making (e.g. Family feud)
  • Understanding my work: This is one of eNthusaProve’s sweet spots to help clients.  We love turning work scenarios into games to simulate the real thing, but in a way that allows for quick iterations of learning (ahem…prediction training).  Some examples are,
    • Process flow.  Learn interdependence of processes by creating in an assembly line.  Our favorites are salsa and hoagies.
    • Conversations. Learn how to read other’s preferences in a role play conversation and adjust your approach for the role the other person is playing.
    • Competing priorities. Our favorite of this type was a land acquisition game that required head-to-head matchups of teams in lots of small games to win at the larger game.

What kind of prediction do you need to play?  We would love to help you find ways to incorporate play to improve your prediction and problem solving.

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