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Friday Night at the ER – Simulation Game

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  • Receive a free quote for Friday Night at the ER game kits, facilitation course, and/or on-site programs.

Friday Night at the ER is an internationally-acclaimed simulation game to improve systems thinking and team performance in any industry. This highly-engaging tabletop simulation game teaches people how to work effectively across boundaries. During this all-industry learning experience, participants are challenged to manage a busy community hospital. They learn to rise above their silos and apply key principles of systems thinking to improve their organization’s performance. This experiential learning game is used with groups at all levels for diverse learning objectives such as team building, leadership development, quality and process improvement, strategic planning and culture change.

You can request a quote for any or all of the following:

  • Game Kits:
    • Each game kit includes the following materials: all game parts for your group size; durable nylon carry bag for easy storage and transport; downloadable presentation slides, worksheets and handouts; step-by-step Guide for Facilitators; modular packing system designed for accommodating various group sizes.

  • Online Facilitator Training and Certification Course:
    • New online training course develops your capability to deliver effective Friday Night at the ER learning programs for any group. The course is designed to prepare facilitators, at all skill levels, to get the most out of this learning experience for their groups. Trainees will be assigned a mentor for personalized consultation and support.
    • The 5 course modules include: 1) Become Familiar,  2) Play the Game and Learn How to Lead It, 3)  Understand the Debrief and Customize It, 4) Facilitate a Practice Session, 5) Final Review and Certification.
  • On-site Program:
    • Friday Night at the ER has a network of experts that includes exceptional consultants, educators and leadership professionals who are experienced and skilled in the use of this simulation game. We can arrange for an expert to lead your group in a team-learning experience at your site.
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Friday Night at the ER is an internationally-acclaimed simulation game to improve systems thinking and team performance in any industry. This highly-engaging tabletop simulation game teaches people how to work effectively across boundaries. During this all-industry learning experience, participants are challenged to manage a busy community hospital. They learn to rise above their silos and apply key principles of systems thinking to improve their organization’s performance. This experiential learning game is used with groups at all levels for diverse learning objectives such as team building, leadership development, quality and process improvement, strategic planning and culture change.
  • How does it work?
    • This game challenges teams of four to manage a hospital during a simulated 24-hour period. What they learn will surprise them! Successful teams apply three core strategies—collaboration, innovation and data-driven decision making—to improve their organization’s performance. The simulation learning aspect allows people become students of their own behaviors. They can see the big picture, naturally broadening their thinking, and learning what it takes to be successful as a system.
    • Simulation Game (1 hour): the game is like a practice field. Teams see the results of their actions play out in front of them, and they have the opportunity to make changes during the game to improve performance.
    • Group Debrief (1.5 – 2 hours): after scores are calculated, participants engage in a debrief that includes team reflection, guided group discussion, didactic presentation and tasks that help turn the lessons into action.
  • How is the game used?
    • The hospital scenario in the game is a metaphor; the simulation experience is designed to resemble any organization where the parts must work together to achieve system goals. The game can be used with groups at all levels and across industries for diverse objectives and outcomes. Common objectives include introducing principles and methods of systems thinking, improving collaboration across business units, and preparing groups for major change initiatives.
  • The Game Kit includes the following materials:
    • All game parts for your group size; high-quality materials for repeated use
    • Durable nylon carry bag for easy storage and transport
    • Downloadable presentation slides, worksheets and handouts
    • Step-by-step Guide for Facilitators (60 pages, spiral bound)
    • Modular packing system designed for accommodating various group sizes
When selecting this product, we will refer you to get a quote for Friday Night at the ER, depending on if you want a game kit(s), Online Facilitator Training and Certification Course, or On-site Program. This game was developed and tested in 1992 at the System Dynamics Conference and has been used very widely.

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