Before Mars is a cooperative simulation disguised as a massive boardgame where teams of people figure out the best way to work together and finish challenging projects.
The game works great to uncover the hidden assumptions and norms that are present inside a work group or an entire organization.
The game can be played either inside a small team with minimum 3 people or with large groups at team buildings or corporate events, where we use our own online platform to run part of the game.
It can take around 2 hours to finish the simulation and debriefing the experience, drawing conclusions and action steps can take an additional 90 minutes.
The simulation centers around two key concepts: cooperation and change.
While cooperation deals with people’s abilities and desire to work together to accomplish a meaningful task, change challenges the group to fix problems, be flexible, take the right decisions and focus on the right things.
We can pair the game with a self assessment instrument to learn some more about group dynamics.
“We have used "Before Mars" successfully in leadership programs because the simulation recreates very effectively the challenges of our hectic "VUCA" business environment - decision-making in a complex environment, the challenge of balancing short-term gain with a helicopter view, the need to learn from failure, the need to collaborate effectively across silos. And the game design is so emotionally engaging that participants get hooked and live the experience with full presence".
“In my capacity as team workshop organizer I’m always in search of dynamic and insightful experiences that can lead to meaningful conversations about trust, focusing on the big picture, being part of a functional ecosystem, inter-team collaboration.
- Anca Purdel, Managing Partner @Team Architect
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