by Ron Roberts
and Bernie DeKoven
The Outrageously Fun Innovation Simulation
Junkyard Games is an innovation training game for employee and management development training. The team activity is an engaging and interactive experiential instructional game that effectively improves the effectiveness of team and individual innovation skills.
Doing more for less, increasing productivity and reducing costs, innovation is the lifeblood of all successful organizations. Without it, organizations may survive, but they seldom thrive. The fact of the matter is that anyone can be innovative, regardless of profession or level of responsibility. The opportunity for process improvement exists everywhere and at every level within an organization. Everybody’s innovating, but often it isn’t formally recognized as “process improvement” or “innovation”.
Now there is a way to encourage innovation and develop the skills needed to have a positive impact on organizational performance. Junkyard Games is an exciting training game from HRDQ that combines energy and fun with creativity and process improvement. Teams work together, plan, strategize, and execute their ideas to create the most innovative table top games for an international competition among imaginary countries.
The challenge is that they may only use the miscellaneous “junk” available to them. The parts are random, and not every team is given the same stuff. After an initial round of planning and testing, teams are asked to practice their innovation skills to improve upon their original design. Then the outrageous fun begins when the teams get to play each other’s games and compete to win at all costs!
Uses for the Game
is effective either as a stand-alone activity or as part of a more comprehensive training program. Here are some suggested applications for the game:
Kick off a team-building workshop or seminar
Introduce the concept of innovation
Energize an existing team’s level of creativity for innovation
Practice using innovation skills in a “safe” environment
Interview with the Author
We recently interviewed Ron Roberts, co-author of Junkyard Games, to get his insights on innovation and why is it important to organizations today. Click here to read the interview.
How It Works
Using only the miscellaneous “junk” available to them, teams compete to create the most innovative table-top sporting event for an international competition. After an initial round of planning, teams are challenged to practice innovation on their initial game designs. Things get really interesting when teams have fun playing each other’s games. Following game play, additional learning takes place as teams give honest feedback on each of the game designs and how well they met the stated objectives and goals.
Each Complete Game includes materials to train up to 3 teams of 4-8 participants. All parts are reusable. For training sessions with more than 3 groups, order one extra game pack per team. Contact our Product Consultant Team for assistance with determining your materials needs.
If you are new to this product we highly recommend HRDQ QuickStart Training, whether you are a novice trainer or a seasoned facilitator. It’s an excellent way to quickly get up to speed on the product so you can step into your first training class with confidence. Personalized, one-on-one telephone coaching is provided in one-hour sessions at your convenience. Our subject matter experts will review the program with you, offer ideas for tailoring the program to your specific needs, discuss typical participant questions and reactions, and more.
Time Required - 1.5 to 2 hours
Authors - Ron Roberts & Bernie DeKoven