So…long time no speak. We’ve been quiet but plodding along.
A few bits of news:
We’ve launched a new version of our best selling Property Trading Game – a collaborative version. Our original version set teams up to compete and the heat of competition and getting compelled in the game helped them forget to pretend and just be themselves – all good stuff. The collaborative version twists this and rather than compete they have to work together with other teams to win the game, “Easy” or is it? In our product trials what we found was the behaviour and the processes of collaborating with other teams tested the participants as much if not more than competing. We’ll be giving it a run out in our summer demos…
We’re holding our now annual summer demos in June and July. For anyone who may be interested – HR, L&D, OD, Consulting types, to come along and try one of our games for themselves – try before you (hopefully) buy! You can find more information here: Open Events. The dates are June 22nd for Property Trading Game – Collaborative and July 6th for The Game is Afoot (Moriarty is already planning more dastardly challenges!)
Speaking of L&D types, we are getting amongst them and have confirmed we will be exhibiting at the CIPD L&D show in May. This annual event fills London’s Olympia with post it note brandishing, flip chart ready L&D professionals all thirsty for inspiration or at least some free swag. We’ll be storming it from stand 866 (lucky for some?) and if you’re planning to be there we’ll happily ply you with Quality Street. It’s being held on May 10th and 11th and you can sign up for free admission here
And finally, with a little glow of pride, we wanted to congratulate the team at Crossrail for getting a silver in ‘Best Leadership Development Programme’ at the Training Journal Awards in November. We are proud to say that every programme they ran had at least one of our games as part of it and the feedback from participants made it clear that they appreciated a different way of getting to know their fellow participants even if they did think the person ‘playing’ Moriarty was evil!!!
Anyway, enough about us…how’ve you been?
As we mentioned in our post earlier, we received a very flattering testimonial from ResMed who commissioned and played our new product ‘Bread’.
Andrew Huxter, Director of Finance & Operations, sent this:
We had a challenge to look at the team and the individuals within it and help them develop both their strategic ability and planning skills. We worked with the team at Kitbag to develop ‘Bread’ – a simple game that illustrates the challenges of planning in today’s world. A fun business-based framework that challenged the team to remove themselves from their comfort of their own field of experience and expertise and immerse themselves into the world of bread – something everyone knows but very few people think about. The game required the teams to manage through and assimilate the minefield (and reality) of incomplete and exhaustive data in order to make their strategic choice that they could recommend being implemented.
It was a great session. The participants got absorbed and those (including myself) supporting it could see how the insight behind the design of the game drove some great discussions which we can use to change thinking in the business.
Thanks Andrew – much appreciated!!
What a fabulous way to start the week with this from Sam Hobcraft, Director of Gaming at Betfair:
“The team at Kit Bag helped me devise and deliver a development session with my team. The focus of the day was on teamwork. I had recently taken on a new team and I wanted to create a fun and intellectually stimulating session where they got to understand each others strengths and their approaches to work. It was fantastic. They immediately connected with my guys and delivered a well thought through session with a great balance of humor, energy and agile thinking.
In the afternoon, they got us out of the ‘classroom’ and playing the version of real life Property Trading game, which was designed to practically demonstrate the roles people play and how they work together as a team. This creative approach to learning really galvanised what we had learnt about each other in the morning session. It was a lot of fun and my team got so much out of the day. The team from Kit bag then properly debriefed all the team members and followed up with me to help me take the learnings back to the workplace. They come highly recommended.”
The blog post immediately following this day can be found here