Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes

  • 45-90 mins
  • Simulation
  • Physical Instructions
  • communication, 
  • problem solving, 
  • teamwork, 
  • feedback

Bomb defusal is a lot easier when you have friends helping you out!

I felt confused and annoyed at first when my team mates couldn’t give me the answers for how to defuse the bomb. I didn’t understand what was going on at their side and I thought, ‘they only have to read from paper!’ However, when I changed to their side, I realised that it’s not so easy, so I understood their situation. I definitely felt closer to my teammates by the end of the activity, as we all had common goals that we worked towards.

Takeaways

Every session is different. This game can open up discussion for numerous different outcomes; some takeaway message include:

  • Shared Communication Modes
    • The key to any team communicating effectively and efficiently is developing a shared language early on and understanding what information is important.
  • Cross-Departmental Understanding
    • The bomb defuser sees things completely differently to the bomb experts; 3D rather than 2D, colour rather than monochrome, intuition rather than words; having both sides come to realise their own biases and limitations opens them up to being more empathetic toward the rest of their team.
Ask us about the other outcomes related to this game.

Extension options

  • Leadership Edition
    • Larger teams must work together and share information to defuse multiple bombs.

Case studies

To bring RSPCA’s entire inspection and rescue team together, we developed a leadership edition of Keep Talking. The team, which is made up of two distinct sub-teams, were able to develop an appreciation for the different strengths and limitations that each member was working with.

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With the South Australian Office for Digital Government, two large, leadership edition teams shared information and developed distinct styles of working. Examining the methods and success of the two teams made for some very interesting discussion.

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