BRAINTOFFEE ACTIVITIES

MEERKAT - ONLINE COLLABORATION ACTIVITY FOR REMOTE TEAMS

For groups of 4-6 people to practice and develop collaborating online. Designed for groups to make use of any sharing platforms available to them to develop skills through an engaging activity. The team are required to work through a straightforward problem together followed by a more challenging problem requiring an even higher degree of collaboration, to build ideas and evaluate options together.

For groups ready to go and where you are able to review the experience yourself, stand alone Meerkat can be ordered from Braintoffee. If you are looking for more support see next panel for Meerkat Xtr.

Technical requirements for Meerkat are designed to be low. Information arrives via email, and systems need the capacity to run mp4s and open pdfs. Designed October 2019 specifically for remote teams.

Theme: Launch of a City restaurant looking for logistical support amidst an evolving danger with roots that stretch across Europe.
Duration: up to 2 hours

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ANOTHER ON LINE ACTIVITY FOR REMOTE TEAMS IS ON ITS WAY!

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MEERKAT Xtr - ONLINE COLLABORATION ACTIVITY WITH TRAINING AND FACILITATION SUPPORT

For groups of 4-6 people to practice and develop collaborating online. Designed for groups to make use of any sharing platforms available to them to develop skills through an engaging activity. The team are required to work through a straightforward problem together followed by a more challenging problem requiring an even higher degree of collaboration, to build ideas and evaluate options together.

We have partnered with our friends at Farscape to create a range of learning options that build on the live collaborative experience of Meerkat. A range of options are available to meet your training needs. Options include

  • timely skills input,
  • facilitation of learning and support of a psychological safe space to explore personal and group experiences,
  • one to one coaching follow up support to maximise personal learning.


Duration: From 3 hours, to full day or up to approximately 18 hours (depending on number of groups and participants) spread over time scale to suit.

For supported learning through a live collaborative experience, for your group(s) please click
Collaborate-live.

  • TACO, Braintoffee complex problem solving activity set in Mexico.

TACO

For groups of 6 - 10 people to challenge and develop their problem solving skills in conditions of uncertainty and high ambiguity. Increases the capacity of a team to work together by developing the agility to work methodically whilst embracing broader thinking.

This activity rewards groups that share and adhere to a clear methodology; they communicate what they are working towards, how they are going to get there, why and when they have got there - for each potential solution. At the same time, individuals need to feel comfortable contributing ideas that can be worked up or discounted by the rest of the group.

Successful teams retain clarity of purpose and shared focus, working to identify data to support or eliminate alternative courses of action. They balance evidence seeking with generating new possibilities.

Theme: Radioactive material and driver missing in Mexico.
Duration: Approx 60 mins

  • BLACKOUT, Braintoffee complex problem solving activity set in the Mohave desert, introducing 2.0 new ways of working.

BLACKOUT

For groups of 6 - 10 people to challenge and develop their problem solving skills in conditions of uncertainty and ambiguity. Develops agile thinking.

This activity also highlights the shift in mindset required to move from traditional, linear, analytical thinking to more intuitive, wider, experimental thinking, and the need for the agility to retain and use both.

Theme: Flight test in Mojave desert, with hint of the cold war.
Duration: 90-120 mins

  • HAYSTACK, Braintoffee complex problem solving activity set in Europe, to develop a team's capacity to perform in conditions of uncertainty and ambiguity.

HAYSTACK

For groups of 6 - 10 people to challenge and develop their problem solving skills in conditions of uncertainty and high ambiguity. Develops team resilience and agile thinking. Highlights working within and outside an engaging context.

From an apparently clear top line objective, the group is expected to initiate and sustain effort in the face of ambiguity. More clarity of context emerges and presents a compelling reason for the group to pursue the demands of working with the data. Revitalised, renewed determination takes the group well beyond the initial task.

Theme: Missing data, somewhere in continental Europe.
Duration: Approx 90 - 120 mins

  • MARMALADE, Braintoffee complex problem solving activity set in Scotland and Spain providing learning opportunities for leaders and their teams in the VUCA world.

MARMALADE

For groups of 6 - 10 people to challenge and develop their problem solving skills in conditions of uncertainty and high ambiguity. Develops team resilience.

A successful group retains the capacity to hold themselves together to work towards a solution in the face of difficulty. Contrasting approaches to data analysis may also emerge placing further demands on the group and it’s leadership, already stretched by ambiguity and uncertainty.

Theme: Spanish sherry producer requests help from Scottish expert.
Duration: 120 - 150 mins.

  • RUM BABA, Braintoffee complex problem solving activity set in Caribbean St Lucia to develop collaborative working in a highly complex scenario.

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For large groups of 14 - 20 people to experience and manage a situation that becomes increasingly complex and interconnected. Develops collaborative skills. As the group works with the data, ideas and how the group structure themselves will be subject to change and need to flow freely.

A high level of collaboration is required to ensure that all work flows are mobilised simultaneously, and that new perspectives generated from emerging connections are shared.

Theme: Almost forgotten beach death on Caribbean island has potential to impact World Bank Visit.
Duration: 120 - 150 mins.

  • TRUFFLE, Braintoffee complex problem solving activity set in Bristol and Sâo Tomé, offering an experiential learning activity for team problem solving and applying business ethics.

TRUFFLE

For groups of 6-8 people, although it is particularly effective when run with several groups in parallel. Designed to challenge and develop problem solving skills in conditions of uncertainty and high ambiguity. Develops collaboration and introduces ethics in a practical way.

Complex problem solving requires a range of approaches to information handling and analysis.  Successful groups collaborate well to pursue a solution which then poses an ethical dilemma to be resolved by consensus before the deadline.

Theme: Chocolate business on the brink of either collapse, or radical change that can only be introduced by solving a complicated problem and resolving the subsequent ethical business dilemma.

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