Antarctic Challenge Description

A demanding, realistic activity in complex project planning – nothing less than getting to the South Pole and back. Culminates in persuasive presentations to the sponsors. A great challenge based on a real expedition which lends great credibility and excitement to the exercise.

Teams start with just a letter congratulating them on mounting an expedition to the South Pole. The next step is brainstorming to draw up a shortlist of data required and to submit it as written requests to the Databank (controlled by the Trainer). The Databank opens only at intervals – which helps to focus team thinking. Requests at further openings are always more fruitful as teams gain more understanding of what the expedition entails.

Gradually plans are fleshed out: weather windows, dates, distances, speeds, getting to Antarctica, base camp, skidoos, sledges, food, kit lists, back-up plane, fuel dumps, etc … through to a completion date!

Finally, with the full plan and full costs in place, teams, in competition with each other, prepare persuasive presentations to deliver to their ‘potential sponsors’.

Business Benefits

• to brainstorm in order to decide what information is required
• to break a project into bite-sized chunks
• to establish the key factors around which to base plans
• to plan within given limits such as cost, weight and weather
• to manage time and resources (especially fuel)
• to co-operate with others and work as a team (and maintain morale)
• to collect and interpret data and information
• to review progress regularly
• to make a persuasive presentation for funds