180 engineers + 36 catapults + 3 drones = an award-winning simulation
The Battle is an epic 4.5-hour project management simulation that will engage, challenge and thrill your project community whist building project management skills, teams and culture.
Award Winning Project Simulation
In 2016, Elemental Projects won the ‘Best Use of Gamification/Simulation for Learning’ for The Battle at the AITD’s prestigious ‘National Training Excellence Awards’ 2016 in collaboration with our client Sydney Water.
The Battle is a highly scalable interactive project simulation that illuminates the natural tension between competition and collaboration to support meaningful reflection, professional development and growth. Teams are challenged to apply project management skills and best practice processes to build a war machine whilst progressing through the project lifecycle and operating in a world characterised by constraints, budgets, risks and issues. Innovation and problem solving skills are key to success. The simulation builds to an epic battle featuring gamification, technology and a final game twist.
The Battle seamlessly combines project management professional development, team building and change management (where applicable) into a fun and relevant game format.
Watch a brief You Tube video of The Battle in action when run for a client and project community of 180+ staff.
Why Use Simulation
Simulations and gamification are at the leading edge of adult education as they provide a bridge between theory based learning and work based application. Project simulations deliver kinaesthetic learning (“learning by doing”), put participants in the ‘flow zone’, enhance retention and are an ideal adjunct to 70:20:10 frameworks.
Unlike computer-based simulations, The Battle is an interactive, team-based simulation that deliberately brings people together to develop the soft skills and behavioural competencies known to underpin successful projects. The simulation is followed by a 30 minute facilitated reflection to both celebrate and honour the victors and vanquished, whilst identifying relevant individual, team and group learning’s – supporting emotional intelligence and professional development.
The Battle develops individual and team attributes that are the basis of high-performing teams, including trust, communication, reflection, problem solving, innovation, negotiation, and collaboration, while providing infinitely more value compared with traditional team building events, such as bowling and pup-lunches.
“I haven’t had that much fun since kindergarten” (Participant, Sydney Water)
“It was brilliant to see the integration of the team – it was one team” (Manager, Sydney Water)
“The game emphasised the ‘Time Cost Quality’ triangle” (Participant, Sydney Water)