Using detailed construction plans; each team has to manage time and resources effectively to turn a ‘flat-pack’ kit into a giant cardboard bus!
With a clear understanding of the end result, teams soon realise that they need to employ excellent project management skills to complete the project on time and with limited resources. They may choose to create sub-teams breaking down the overall complex project into smaller steps and which need to be defined, delegated and communicated with each individual’s effort being essential to the final result.
Once constructed teams decorate their bus with “advertising” which can be aligned to reinforce your brand message or conference theme. Prizes can be awarded for the best themed bus.
The challenge concludes when teams get “on the buses” and race against each other using speed and control to the next bus stop. Being such big, broad forms of transport, fun and laughter accompanies good-natured competitiveness.
Learning and development outcomes
In On the Buses, teams learn to collaborate and employ critical resource and time management skills. They need to understand the overall objective and divide this complex project into time effective, clearly defined sub-tasks. Ensuring that everyone on the team has a role and understands that role and their importance in the whole project through careful task definition and communication is key to a positive end result - all essential project management skills. The teams discover that the seemingly impossible becomes achievable when individuals aspire to a common goal and effectively collaborate and co-ordinate their efforts as a team. They may even find out that true leadership and great ideas can often come from those you least expect.
Corporate Social Responsibility ideas
“On the Buses” is ideally suited to raising money for schools and other charities. Teams can place bets on the race or, take it to the next level and prior to the event seek “sponsorship” for the advertisements on their bus with the money going to your chosen charity.