Bosses and Workers

Submitted by: Emilia Breton (Rumor has it was created by Ken Schweber)

Focus: Mindset, Relationship, Practices, Environment

Number of Players:

6+


Average Game Time:
15 minutes

City Crowds
Materials: Blue tape
Description:

A game that illustrates, command and control, vs. self-organization.

Instructions:

Round 1

 

  1. Group into Pairs

  2. One person is “boss” and the other is “worker”

  3. Objective: Worker takes as many normal steps as possible, given bosses commands:                                    

      • GO, STOP, TURN LEFT , TURN RIGHT

  4. Worker must follow boss’s commands if they collide with a person or obstacle their step count resets to zero.

  5. The worker must stay within work area (tape) if they leave step count resets. The boss must stay outside of the work area.

  6. Boss counts the steps. (record the #)

  7. Two minutes to complete the exercise

Round 2

 

  1. Same pairs

  2. Objective: Worker takes as many normal steps as possible.

  3. Worker is responsible for how to best accomplish the objective without the boss’s commands.

  4. Boss is responsible for assisting the worker in any way possible to achieve the objective

  5. If they collide with a person or obstacle their step count resets to zero.

  6. The worker must stay within work area (tape) if they leave step count resets. The boss may enter the work area

  7. Worker counts the steps. (Record the #)

  8. Two minutes to complete the exercise

Use your favorite retrospective technique to debrief.

Variations :