Mini Crossing Boundaries

Teamwork & Managing Change
Training Kit

With Mini Crossing Boundaries you can deliver five demanding activities that develop the team working and leadership skills needed when working across functional, hierarchical, geographical and historical boundaries. All of the activities are tabletop and most raise issues associated with people working together on a task whilst they are physically separated.

The 5 Activities in the Mini Crossing Boundaries

1) Carts and horses
Using similar components, 2 or 3 teams work independently to assemble a model of their own design. Then, using only face to face, verbal and telephone communications (nothing written or drawn) each team has to build an exact replica of another team's model.
The task becomes more complicated because each group only has enough components to create one model at a time. 
2) Words, Names and Numbers
Initially three teams work independently to produce a product. It's easy! Later they come together as one big team, the brief combining their earlier briefs but additional constraints become the big issue. 
Teams fail to capitalise on the resources offered by the new 'big team' so the merging of the 'companies' delivers almost no benefit. Why? The answer almost always revolves around attitudes to change and the failure to change approaches to capitalise on the new situation.

3) The Rig
The aim is to make money by producing a model oil rig. The value of the oil rig depends on set criteria and everything has a cost. The group has freedom to organise itself in anyway
it wishes, but there are 3 set locations (tabletops) where sub-assemblies must be made before they are moved to the final assembly area.
It is all too easy for the task to take over and for the overall aim (making money) to be forgotten.

4) Promises Promises

The leader has promised that two teams will each deliver a price and a product within a set time. Each team has different constraints, but the tasks seem achievable. Very quickly the stores become a major bottle neck and the promises become daunting.
As pressure mounts the need for the manager to focus on the key issues (meeting customer needs and managing human resources) is critical.
5) Transport
Two teams that work in different locations have the opportunity to meet in a third location. 
The teams have to work together to build an articulated truck and two skips that can be transported by the truck. One team has to build the tractor unit and a skip that can hold all of the unused materials, the other the trailer and a skip for any scrap that is produced.