2010-01-13 6 2604
How to celebrate project closure with a unique board game
About one and a half years back I managed a project in Australia for Virgin Blue. A vendor selection had to be undertaken and a tender process was kicked off. The objective of that project was to identify the vendor who delivers the best fit for purpose software system to replace the 8 year old legacy system managing most of the operations of that airline.
The project was staffed, executed and delivered its objective and a vendor was chosen at the end. How ever, about 50 people have been involved in that selection process and a team got formed like in any other project. A great team that went through tough times and a great experience overall.
So what I was always thinking in my career, to build a board game after the project got delivered, where all the funny moments, challenges and great achievements are incorporated. Situations like:
- The project manager misses his status meeting again. The stakeholders are upset - Go 2 steps back.
- Your team worked the whole night to meet the milestone - Go 3 steps forward.
So I thought about using the 'Snake and Ladder' Game and enhanced it with actions cards. Built a theme around it with the companies identity, poshed it up to make it look nice, thought about action cards and the rules of the game and put all this in powerpoint to print it on A3 and as PDF. A process that took me weeks at that time. So her is the result, which you can download by clicking here (PDF) or on the picture (PDF):[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="470"] Virgin Blue Board Game[/caption]
I think its a great way to create something that will remembered by every team member. We still play this game today and can't stop laughing about the situations we went through.
I sent this game via email to my team mates, it got leaked to the press, the intention misinterpreted and my name was all over the place in Australia. But that's a different story.
So my final advice: Make sure that the companies culture is ready for it and your bud is not being kicked.