Innovation Archives - FocusU

Innovation Archives - FocusU

The Board Game Challenge

It is a game within a game. Flex your thinking, innovate and create a new game.


It is a game within a game.

Rewind back to your childhood. Which was your favourite board game? Was it Snakes and Ladders? Was it Monopoly? Or was it Chess? Whichever it was, you would perhaps recall the hours, sometimes days you spent being lost while being immersed in them.

Board games come in many varieties and themes. They range from being very simple to deeply complex. Some games are based on pure strategy, but many contain an element of chance; and some are purely chance, with no element of skill. Regardless of this, one objective is generally common: to defeat the opponent and win in terms of counters, winning position, or accrual of points.

The challenge for the group, working in smaller teams is intriguing: To create a board game in the limited time allotted to them. All that participants are helped with are the guard-rails to keep them on track.

Will the teams succeed?

The Board Game Challenge – is an interesting activity (taught to us by our friends at Kshamtalaya) that gets participants thinking about the process of creativity and innovation. How do we move from a blank whiteboard to a product offering in 60 minutes? Creativity often blossoms under time constraints and this is what we always see in this activity. It also throws up powerful lessons on how creativity needs an environment of collaboration.

The activity can be run purely as an engagement activity or as an activity with a purposeful debrief at the end. When debriefed, the activity is brought to a close with participants sharing their different thoughts, experiences and insights from the activity and connecting the experience back to their different workplace situations. As a finale, we unveil the top 3 teams – to loud cheers from one and all.

A few key parameters:

90-120 minutes

Time Limit

Virtual (any platform)

Where this can be run

Upto 100

Group sizes

Debrief can be customised


Is this workshop right for my team?
Creativity or innovation is often thought of as the purview of a “gifted few.” In reality, it is not so. Anyone can be creative if they learn a few tools and understand how to flex their thinking. Creativity also comes from the intermingling of minds and collaboration. This is an insight that is lost on many. The activity is hence a powerful way to discuss about the importance in the creative process of:
• Being curious
• Building on existing ideas
• Broadening the frame
• Challenging the obvious
• Being optimistic
• Collaborating – not competing

If you are looking for an engaging activity, that challenges your team optimally and lends itself to meaningful discussions on the above themes, FocusU invites you to The Boardgame Challenge!

Contact Us today – we will be glad to meet up and discuss the possibilities for your team!


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    The Board Game Challenge

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