Pros/Cons Game

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Timing: 1 hour

Ingredients:
• Internet access

Players (5..8 recommended):
• Business Manager / Business Owner
• Employees / Team members

Directions:
We have collaborated with the Gamestorming team, to bring you the Pros/Cons Game, which is based on Benjamin Franklin’s Pros/Cons List. The goal of this game is to separate the positive and negative aspects of a choice to help you organize your thoughts and make careful decisions. Clicking on the image to the right will take you to an “instant play” game at innovationgames.com. Here, you will see the same image being used as the “game board.” Reasons to choose the option will be placed on the left side of the t-chart while negative aspects of the option get put on the right. There will also be two icons in the upper left corner of the table that symbolize the ideas for the two categories:

Blue plus: positive aspects of the option
Red minus: negative aspects of the option

Players add their ideas to the “game board” by dragging icons to the respective categories and describing what each represents. The chart has been divided into three regions to organize the level of importance of the players’ ideas. The top of the chart is designated for more pressing aspects while the bottom is for less important ideas.

All moves can be seen in real time by each participant, so everyone can collaborate to edit the descriptions and positions of the ideas. Use the integrated chat facility to communicate with your participants. Encourage players to expand on their ideas and motivate them to penetrate the various aspects of the option.

Key Points:
The Pros/Cons Game involves visual organization and critical thinking to aid your decision-making process. By separating the positive and negative aspects of your options, you can better understand the benefits of a choice and make a careful decision.

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One Response to "Pros/Cons Game"
  • Michael Sahota July 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Good stuff. Another variation that I like (from DeBono’s thinking games) is Plus, Minus and Interesting since it creates more mental space around the problem.

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