Red Beads Experiment
This is an excellent game for demonstrating the fundamentals of process thinking and improvement, and how this impacts daily work. It includes key elements and concepts that support six sigma initiatives. Based on the original work of Dr Edwards Deming this exercise is a foundation knowledge piece for any organisation aspiring to sustainable performance improvement.
Red Beads creates more effective leaders and workers. It demonstrates the good, bad and ugly of the way we work together and how we focus on results. In the game you set up a company and run it for 30 minutes. Experience quickly shows how over and under reaction by managers and employees causes significant errors, increases costs and dramatically reduces the performance of an organisation – even though people were doing their best (or were they?).
The Red Beads Experiment can be played by eight or more people plus a facilitator. It simulates a work process complete with defects, and the different roles that we play in a work process. This can be used with groups of 50 - 100 people or more when set up as a piece of theatre.
Issues raised by the Red Beads experiment include:
Using the learnings from this game can immediately add dollars directly to your bottom line. This Learning Game is used by people in all industries and schools and in a variety of situations. These include: