This has been in the news all over Australia last month and was brought to our attention by an ex-Virgin Blue employee-friend (who says this is “oh so true“…), so we thought it still deservers an article in our Friday Fun series.
Torsten Koerting was a project manager at Virgin Blue at the airline’s Brisbane Headquarter office, but he resigned last November, sending a farewell email to his colleauges. Until this point, this is a very typical story of one leaving a company, but he included a funny board game in his last email, criticizing the company’s decision making process, with 50 steps to make a decision (which is the ultimate goal of the game).
Based on the classic Snakes and Ladders format, his version contains ladders and ropes taking you forward (ladder) or back (rope) if you end up on the bottom of the ladder or the top of the rope. If you end up on a square that has a Virgin Blue airplane, you have to take an Action card, and this is where the inside joke really comes into play. All action cards are referring to actual Project Experiences that he gathered while working for Virgin Blue, but let’s face it, the Australian Low-cost airline is not the only one in the industry facing such difficulties around decision making. I’m sure if we would replace “EMT” with whatever the Project Approval Board at your airline (or company) is called, the game would be very well targeted for your colleagues as well. You may have to recolor the board and replace the plane images as well as the faces on the figures, but it would probably be playable at your upcoming Team Building weekend or in a longer Friday lunch-break in the cantine. “CEO on holiday – no decision – go 1 step back” is something that we probably have all been faced with at one point in our carriers. But I have a feeling that the “Parlez-vous Français? – if yes go 3 steps forward, if not go 3 steps back” action card may be refering to working with one of the strongest Aviation and Tourism IT company based in Nice, France.
We are planning to have a game session with this board game sometime in the future, and will add a comment about our experiences.