What's more fun that watching the kids build awesome things? Building awesome things yourself without the kids!
Many of our programs have been adapted into an adults-only program that helps your team grow and learn together. Our founder, Cam Turner, has two decades of experience in the Ontario technology and start-up community and has lead teams of over 100 people. Through his new passion for maker education and through partnerships with other local speakers (like Drew Ripley) we are able to offer some truly unique team building programs.
The River Boat Team Challenge
In session 1 (60-120 minutes), teams of 3-5 people challenged to build a boat to complete a specific task on our raging river. The goal is never to get it right on the first try, but instead to "take risks, fail fast, fail early and learn often". This activity feels like a fast-paced, time-limited collaborative board game.
Using a fictional budget of both time and money, teams must balance learning in a novel situation while minimizing overall costs to complete the task.
- Each "test run" costs money that increases based on to how close to the deadline the team is.
- Acquiring new parts consumes a team-member's time and costs money.
- "Selling unused parts" back is possible at an increasingly depreciating rate.
- Teams earn bonuses by completing the task ahead of schedule.
- We can run multiple, smaller challenges to ease a team together.
- For work environments with frequently changing client requirements, we can pivot the goals during the exercise to simulate change.
- The "Winner" is the team that has a functional result at the end with the largest "surplus" or smallest "deficit" of remaining budget.
In session 2 (45-90 minutes), teams share what they learned: what worked and what didn't? What happened when time pressure increased? Was there a lone hero or a natural leader? What caused these dynamics to evolve? How did individual team members truly feel about their contributions and the contributions of others at critical moments in the challenge?
This facilitated discussion helps teams understand how their actions inspire or dissuade the contributions of others and how they can better leverage a multi-disciplinary team with varied backgrounds and experiences.