**NEW ACTIVITY FOR 2020** Can teams work together against a tight deadline to get organised to complete a task, and then cope with an unexpected and urgent request out of the blue?!
3-24 (up to 4 teams of 3-6 per team)
1 hour + debrief
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A special order is received by teams who represent the staff and management of an electronics company. Their task is to manufacture (from plastic pieces) a number of new ‘computer chips' for a customer.
With the materials they have, teams must create 10 'unique' chips. Unfortunately some of the pieces are the wrong colour and teams will need to exchange these with other teams to fulfil the task. But will they?
The chips need to be ‘sprayed’ and ‘dried’ before being neatly packaged, labelled and prepared for despatch to the customer. This is a trial order - if it is done well then larger orders are likely to follow.
Halfway through the activity, teams receive an urgent notice from another customer who wants a quotation for a potentially much larger order (for the same computer chips). They now have to prioritise the work as this is urgent. Accuracy and attention to detail are paramount, but the original trial order still has to be completed before the deadline of 60 minutes.
Very often, teams know exactly how they should behave but in practice, it’s all too easy for priorities to go out of the window! How can teams ensure that at work this does not happen and that they become highly efficient, motivated and successful teams?
We like Northgate activities here at ELS because they are great for rapidly creating cooperative team working in a fun, subliminal way and without any link to the course subjects. Here at ELS we deliver complex courses and we need people thinking fast and in different, creative ways. Northgate activities get people’s minds working and are the conversation pieces at coffee breaks long after the session has finished.
Rob Allen, Senior Consultant, Explosive Learning Solutions
'The Urgent Order' works really well! I used it at the end of a two-day workshop on teamwork and leadership and it finished the day brilliantly. It brings out key lessons whilst keeping delegates engaged and entertained - they thoroughly enjoyed the game. A breeze to run.
Ted Hall, Director, TBT Associates