Paper Planes, Inc.®

Paper Planes, Inc.®

Paper Planes, Inc.® is a business simulation that enables participants to experience the powerful effects of system reengineering and process improvement, helping participants make the critical connection between systems thinking, total quality and customer orientation.

In Paper Planes, Inc.® participants are on a team employed by a plane manufacturing company with the opportunity to sell as many planes as they can manufacture to specific quality standards. Each participant plays an individual role in the production process, i.e., inspector, tester, etc. After each of three progressive production runs –first within a Functionally Designed System, then a Group-Designed System, and finally a Continuously Improving System – group members discuss and evaluate efforts measured by production cost, quality, customer satisfaction, delivery time and worker satisfaction. Serial interventions from the company’s customer complicate work redesign and production.

Paper Planes, Inc.® is a powerful simulation that:

  • Creates a realistic environment in which participants can safely experience the effect systems thinking and collaboration can have on quality and an organization’s success.
  • Reveals the problems inherent in compartmentalized work processes.
  • Demonstrates the innovation of continuous improvement and creative solutions.
  • Reveals the effects of work redesign on cost, quality and overall team productivity.
  • Demonstrates the difficulties in responding to change when working within the established systems and processes of a Functionally Designed System.
  • Demonstrates the impact of employee involvement present in a Group Designed System on quality, cost, commitment and morale.
  • Demonstrates how collaboration and continuous improvement in a Continuously Improving System effort can enable significant changes to take place, and how much easier these changes can be implemented and maintained.

Paper Planes, Inc.® can be used to:

  • Improve teamwork by showing how participation affects work ownership.
  • Develop strategies of successful work redesign and re-engineering.
  • Improve team ability to identify barriers to success.
  • Help individuals and teams make the critical connections between systems, quality and customer orientation.

Learn how AvoLead can use Paper Planes, Inc.® to help your team or organization evolve and deliver. Contact AvoLead today.

Paper Planes, Inc.® is a registered trademark of Discovery Learning Inc.