Mental Models Game Prototype Presentation May 2013 update


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Concept presentation about Mental Models Card Game. The game was invented by Tiimiakatemia Creativity Program LÄN back in 2006. Monkey Business took over the development in 2010 and intends to publish it as a card game as well as an open source project.

Mental Models Game Prototype Presentation May 2013 update

  1. 1. Mental Models GameIdea (cc-by-sa) LÄN 1 & Monkey BusinessInstructions (cc-by-sa) byVille KeränenIllustrations (c) by Juha-Matti / @VilleMonkey3rd of May 2013
  2. 2. This is what the mental models game in action might look like.
  3. 3. Once upon a time, there was an introvert but creative guy, with strong opinions. He foundhimself in trouble. He was sometimes afraid to express what he thought was right, and how hethought world works. He said yes, even if he thought no. He said its ok, even though it wasnt.As inside him, he still thought otherwise. He was a bit shy, too. So you can imagine, workingwith him was not easy. During his education, he gained a reputation being impossible to lead.I suppose he isnt the only one like that.Working together is not easy. Communication makesteam work tick. And usually not. According to Wiio, communication fails unless it succeeds bychance. I think its because we have different associations and mindsets about the way thingswork.We could call these ideas that affect the way we work mental models. Like Peter Sengeand friends do.Mental Model Game helps you to understand your own and your team mates way of working.If you know what your friend means by for example word "soon" you will know what toexpect. Usually it takes a lot of time to learn that unless you consciously think and talk aboutthese issues.And thats why you should play the mental models game.You will learn how youand your team mates think.That makes all the difference.Story
  4. 4. History• Mental Models Game was firstdeveloped by Tiimiakatemia’s CreativityProgram LÄN back in Spring 2006.• It was inspired by Peter Senge’s seminalbook The Fifth Discipline.• Afterwards Monkey Business took overthe development in 2010.• Game is now released as open sourceproject with CC-BY-SA license
  5. 5. Why this game?• The idea of the game is tounderstand better about your own aswell as your co-workers’ mentalmodels.• Understanding the mental modelswill help you work better and moreefficiently together, and also makeyour work more fun and fluid.• The winner is the one who learns.
  6. 6. When to play?• The mental models game will help theplayers to get to know and understandeach other better thus it worksespecially in the beginning of learningprocesses.• It can also be played at later stages inorder to get the people on the samelevel and learn from each other on acertain topic e.g sales, marketing orcoaching.
  7. 7. What are Mental Models?What are Mental Modelsmade of?ValuesAssumptionsBeliefsPremisesCommon sensePrevious ExperiencesIdeasConceptsSymbols LanguageImagesRepresentationsMeaningSmells“Mental models are deeply heldinternal images of how the worldworks, images that limit us tofamiliar ways of thinking andacting. Very often, we are notconsciously aware of our mentalmodels or the effects they haveon our behavior.”- Peter SengeThere is a great presentation onMental Models in Slideshare byAmy Rae and Joanna Beltowska.
  8. 8. How to get the game?• You can order a deck with all the materials fromMonkey Business via email forthe price of 60€ (inclusive of mailingworldwide).• You can play the game starting with 3 persons,and it can scale up easily to 20 or 25 people.• Also, it is possible to scale the game to suithundreds of people with the help of technology.• If you need help in the facilitation, pleasecontact me via for help.
  9. 9. What you need?• You need a game leader to facilitatethe game.• First you pick a deck of questionsfrom a preferred theme, or you canstart by creating questions of yourown for what you need empty cardsand pens.• Secondly, you need an egg timer.
  10. 10. Game Leader• Game Leader facilitates the gameand takes care of the time.• Game leader hosts the session andholds the space for meaningfulconversations to take place.• Game Leader also decides when itis time to add more questions intothe game.
  11. 11. Rules• One conversation at a time• Listen with open mind to othersand yourself• Respect the time and the gameleader• Think of your results as aprototype - no need to do perfectbut something that we can learnfrom and build upon
  12. 12. Each Turn1. Pick a Question Card from the Deck2. Pick a Work Method Card3. Pick a Presentation Mode Card4. Have a dialogue for 5 minutes5. Present your mental models to therest of the group according to thepresentation mode chosen
  13. 13. More Questions• Between every 2 to 4 turns youshould add more questions to thegame.To do that give every playerempty question cards and pens andinvite them to write down a questionthat they would like to talk abouttoday.• Not all of the questions will be gonethrough but they are valuable data forthe game host and owner to look intoafterwards.
  14. 14. Question Cards• Every question should include theword mental model in them. Forexample:• What is your mental modelabout good leadership?• What mental models support co-creation?• Where does my mental modelabout sales come from?
  15. 15. Work Method Cards• There are four differentworking methods:• Personal Reflection,• in Couples,• in 3-5 person groups• in 7-10 person groups.
  16. 16. Presentation Modes• There are six differentmodes for presentingyour ideas:• Pantomime• Riddle• Play• Dialogue• Drawing• Poems
  17. 17. Do you want to play?Please get in touch.Ville KeränenMonkey and Banana 40 731