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Board or Bored games? Best 3 games to improve strategic skills
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It fascinates me when I came across a write up articulating 5 reasons why board games are particularly useful as learning tool to seed strategic thinking at an early stage of ones’ life.
I am not disgreeing but must admit I do occassionally like board games, you name it, scrabble, monopoly etc and yes which I learnt similar to the writer, from family upbriging, social encounters etc, but let’s be real, when i say occasionally i do mean OCCASSIONALLY... Fast forward in working life, with different mix of project teams, it also made me think on the flip side, what if one (or more) of my project team does not have the same upbriging for various reasons, or not even have a slight interest on it for various reasons, clearly there’s bias right there.
So i guess pushing this to those veteran PMs and experts out there, what are the best 3 games (or activities) you think could improve strategic skills for your diverse team (please, other than ‘bored’ games - if you can...)
Many thanks for your thoughts!
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Suzi,

As I see it, one game to improve strategic skills is the game in which you have five teams and a moderator. Each team has the same objective and the same amount of money to buy materials. The objective is to construct a bridge prototipe with specific requirements and in a limited time.

I played that game and I think it is awesome.

Best Regards.
Giancarlo.
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Suzi -

Using an online multiplayer strategic game of some kind is a good way to build a virtual team's collaborative skills.

I've also found that complicated jigsaw puzzles are good to start up on coffee tables in physically co-located team areas. Folks will work together in pairs or small groups to complete them.

Kiron
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Thank you for your suggestion Giancarlo, much appreciated!
Thank you Kiron for your thoughts, online game sounds fantastic for virtual-team-building!
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Suzi,

The is also those Game place where a small group team need to resolve an enigma to escape the room where they are confined. There is the various enigma theme, some more appropriate for a team building.

Someone have considered those board game where you all win or all lose? The game requires the player to work together in order to win. These are usually short games, less than an hour.
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In multiple situations where I as the PM did not know all participants in the project or the participants didn't know each other. I've used a game called Desert Survival in which the users rank a list of items needed for survival after a plane crash in the desert. Then they break up into groups and rank as a group. This, many times, sparks conversation and debate. This gives me the opportunity to find the "alphas" in the team and those that are shy about participating or speaking up. Then they switch groups and start the process over again. This time they are carrying information from their last group and discussing the ranked order but with everyone else's perspective. This whole thing can take as long as you want or as short as you want given imposed time limits. At the end you give the answers and see not only who scored the best but encourage the sharing of thoughts, thought processes, and ideas.

This has been my most successful game by far!

I can send you the game template if you are interested.
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1 reply by Kaitlin Titus
Apr 15, 2019 1:20 PM
Kaitlin Titus
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I would love to see your game template. Can you please share with me? Or if you were able to upload it, please let me know the link where I can download it.

Thank you!
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Thanks Vincent for your thoughts, both sounds very interesting!
Mike, congratulations and thank you for your share, wow sounds the best option for the scenario you mentioned, pure ice-breaker! If you could share via Template tab here would be really fantastic, i’m sure not just me, we could all make use of it!
Thanks again all!
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Mar 29, 2019 11:25 AM
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In multiple situations where I as the PM did not know all participants in the project or the participants didn't know each other. I've used a game called Desert Survival in which the users rank a list of items needed for survival after a plane crash in the desert. Then they break up into groups and rank as a group. This, many times, sparks conversation and debate. This gives me the opportunity to find the "alphas" in the team and those that are shy about participating or speaking up. Then they switch groups and start the process over again. This time they are carrying information from their last group and discussing the ranked order but with everyone else's perspective. This whole thing can take as long as you want or as short as you want given imposed time limits. At the end you give the answers and see not only who scored the best but encourage the sharing of thoughts, thought processes, and ideas.

This has been my most successful game by far!

I can send you the game template if you are interested.
I would love to see your game template. Can you please share with me? Or if you were able to upload it, please let me know the link where I can download it.

Thank you!
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1 reply by Suzi MS
Apr 21, 2019 4:20 AM
Suzi MS
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Thank you for your valuable comments Kaitlin, echo that would love that too, hope Mike wil be able to share via template link tool at some point! Thank you all!
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Apr 15, 2019 1:20 PM
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I would love to see your game template. Can you please share with me? Or if you were able to upload it, please let me know the link where I can download it.

Thank you!
Thank you for your valuable comments Kaitlin, echo that would love that too, hope Mike wil be able to share via template link tool at some point! Thank you all!
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First thing to do is to understand what strategy mean mainly in the world of organization. Strategy is the way organizations answer the environment in order to survive, growth and develop. I know perhaps i am boring you with it but I found along the years and working with organizations around the world that this is not understanding. So, with that on hand, any sport is a game to learn about strategy, including it non-team based sports like tennis (you can find lot of notes from Richard Branson which is a great tennis fan). To do that, it is very important to have a coach specialized in the sport and to talk with him about the objective of the activity. I am certified Tennis Coach Leve I (ITF/ATP/AAT) and I have studied for Futbol Coach (I am not certified) and I have performed this lot of times with grate results mainly working into organizations where Agile needed to be implemented as part of their strategy.
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Thanks Sergio sounds great both individual- and team-focused activities mentioned definitely!
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