Activities For Problem Solving

A group with no documented process, or an overly complex one, will benefit from the exercise.

If the process is taking too long, or if no one seems to know how the work gets done, it’s time to staple yourself to something and see where it goes.

Depending on why you are doing the exercise you may want to point out the following: Strategy By limiting the time a group has to answer a question you will make them focus on the most important things.

The idea is not to gather all information per participant but to gather meaningful information as a group.

This gathered information will form the basis for a prioritization and/or deeper research into some of the ideas and opinions. And for an idea to become a great idea, it takes considerable work and effort to develop.

Part of the reason we end up with under-developed ideas is that we stick with the first good idea we have — rather than taking the time to explore complementary approaches.

Many of our problem solving challenges can be solved either indoors or out and so can be included as a wet-weather alternative or part of a winter programme.

Problem solving tasks are ideal for our team development, leadership development and organisational development team building programmes and some of the challenges can be adapted for inclusion in a fun team build or adult activity session. The session is facilitated at all times by either an instructor or facilitator.

Ask people to share any observations or insights they have about the various drawings.

You are likely to hear comments about the relative simplicity or complexity of the drawings, whether they have people in them, how technical they are, how similar or different they are, and so on.


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