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Sequencer Lightweight Plastics Experiential Learning Activity

Sequencer: Plastic (185cm) & shipping case

Sequencer is a team building problem solving and performance improvement activity where participants use plastic planks to assemble a structure which is identical to a diagram provided to them.

Also known as Planks, Gridlock, Perplexity, Puzzled Proper, Shelving, or Cycle Time.

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Key Features

    Learning Focus
  • Effective Communication
  • Improving Performance
  • Instruction & Delegation
  • Planning & Monitoring
  • Problem Solving
  • Time Management
  • Group Size
  • Ideal: 6 - 16
  • Possible: 6 - 16
  • Duration
  • 30-60 Minutes plus review

Activity Overview

Please note that this activity is supplied with a permanent robust wheeled shipping box and included in the price. This is necessary for the protection of the activity. 

This apparently simple task makes great demands on team-work. The team members are required to work out how to assemble a set of different plastic components in order to make a structure which is identical to the design pattern that they have received.

It requires close cooperation, strong leadership and excellent communication skills between members, as well as a clear allocation of team roles. Following the initial stage 1 construction period the group then have to re-assemble the pieces against the clock - can they produce sufficient process improvement in stage 1 to achieve the challenging stage 2 time trial?

Learning Objectives

Learning in this exercise relates largely to the planning and implementation process. The team needs to plan an initial process for gathering the detailed information required to construct the structure. They then need a period of trial and error and a detailed recording system as a means of identifying and sorting the components. They then need to create an operational plan for the final, timed, high pressure assembly.

The nature of the task, the ‘learning from experience’ which occurs and the genuine constraints which they are under provides many parallels with workplace planning and decision making, particularly for staff at an operational level in the organisation.

Activity Description

Activity Contents:

15x Individual plastic components - largest 185cm in length, Sturdy, durable, plastic wheeled shipping container, Facilitator notes

Package Weight 11.1kg

This apparently simple task makes great demands on teamwork. Team members are required to work out how to assemble a set of different plastic components in order to make a structure which is identical to the design pattern that they have received.

Participants should assemble the individual components, following the diagram to create a flat, interconnected structure. There is only one way in which the pieces will fit correctly. Pieces should not be forced. Correct positioning allows the joints to fit without distortion of the shape. There is only one answer to the problem and this has to be established through a process of trial and error. Detailed planning at this stage is ineffective as the theories must be tested in practice at an early stage.

Once the assembly is complete, the team must develop and rehearse a strategy for taking the structure to pieces and re-building it accurately against the clock. As the pieces cannot be marked or pre-sorted they need to have a well developed plan for identifying components and using manpower efficiently if they are to succeed.



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