Business war games can be played with two or more teams.
One team owns the company’s plan or strategy to be tested and other teams role play key stakeholders based on a profound understanding of their intentions, capabilities and behaviors.
The game starts when the commander-in-chief (often a senior or executive leader) communicates their intention and expectations. For example, the company intends to enter a new market and the expectation is that the teams stress-test the strategy so that an enhanced plan of action results.
- In the first round of the game, teams develop their own plans of action.
- These are presented in the second round to show the commander-in-chief and the other teams how they will act to achieve their goals. This leads to a shared understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the company’s strategy.
- In the third round, the teams come together and use the lessons learned to develop one or more plans of actions for realizing the company’s goal.
At the end of this third round, these plans are presented to the commander-in-chief, who can either select the best one or integrate aspects of multiple solutions into an even better plan.