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Junkyard Games

Junkyard Games - Complete Kit - Process Improvement Games

by Ron Roberts and Bernie DeKoven

Process Improvement Games - Junkyard Games

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.

Whether itís doing more for less, increasing productivity, or 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. Everybodyís innovating, but often it isnít formally recognized as "process improvement" or "innovation".

The good news is that through process improvement games, anyone can learn how to be innovative with regular practice and a little courage. Fear is a natural byproduct of innovation, and youíve got to have courage to take risks and share your ideas. The payoff for overcoming your fears can be tremendous, changing the way your company operates, inventing a new product, and saving your business time and money in the process.

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 simulation from HRDQ that combines energy and fun with creativity and process improvement games. 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 ďjunkĒ 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 otherís games and compete to win at all costs!

Learning Outcomes

  • Differentiate between innovation and creativity
  • Understand the value of managing task-driven and process-driven behaviors
  • Learn and apply a 7-step innovation process

Uses for the Game

Junkyard Games 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 teamís 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 in process improvement games 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 otherís 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.

What to Order

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. Itís 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.

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  • Type - Game
  • Time Required - 1.5 to 2 hours
  • Authors - Ron Roberts and Bernie DeKoven
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