Weekend Special Operations: YOU are the Navy Decision Maker
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Congratulations players! Over 1400 Idea Cards played in the first week of the am MMOWGLI game! Together, we've explored a wide range of topics related to additive manufacturing. As we move into the weekend, we're assigning you to conduct special operations in which YOU are the Navy Decision Maker.
How we should invest in AM is now up to you.
In today’s austere budget environment, the Navy resources available to invest in advanced technology are limited. The Navy needs to use its scarce resources wisely and strategically. As the Navy decision maker, how would you implement AM technology? What are the critical areas of investment for today and tomorrow? Why might you invest in AM vice other important technology areas? What kind of budgetary environment will our future Sailors and leaders have to operate in? What are the second and third order effects of your decision? How can you as decision makers work together?
So set your heading and full speed ahead! Play an Idea Card now. Here are the latest starting points:
- Today's Navy, Card 1570. As a Navy decision maker, what investments would you make in AM technology and why?
- Tomorrow's Navy, Card 1571. As a Navy Decision maker, what would be your long-term investment in AM technology and strategy and why?
... and then, on to the next level. How do these great ideas gain traction?
Having a great idea is just the first step. In the MMOWGLI game, and in real life, you also need to "build a backstory" and get multiple other players involved. Usually the best way to do this is by getting lots of pros/cons/alternatives on your original Idea Card Chain. These also reveal other players who care about your topic.
Take Action. If you and other players have a cool concept, then it is time to build on your ideas. To earn even more points, become Action Plan co-authors. You want to clearly tell everyone the who, what, when, where, how and why of your concept so that they vote to support it.
Building an Action Plan is all about collaboration. The MMOWGLI Game Instructions can help you learn more about how to write an Action Plan.
Please fill in an Action Plan Request to request creation of a new plan. Game masters will consider your request and create the plan (or provide further guidance). You will need a simple first-draft outline for you and your collaborators to use as a starting point.
Getting diversity of opinion into a single Action Plan often makes it stronger. Authors can chat together in their plan to figure out how to best proceed.
Sometimes further action is needed before a good decision is possible - say so in your plan, others may be able to help. Sometimes it even makes sense to split competing approaches into two separate Action Plans (such as "Let's Turn Left" and "Let's Turn Right") to let each plan compete on which path forward might be most productive. Game masters can help you focus on the right problem.
Authoring tip. MMOWGLI will warn you if any of your Action Plan entries get a bit long-winded. That's OK, you can still save all your deathless prose, nothing is lost. Getting the ideas down first with your collaborators is half the battle, then work to make them more succinct so that others can easily understand your points.
Wisdom of the Crowd. Action Plans not only let you influence top-level decision makers, they also let you influence... everyone. All players get to vote on which plans they think are great, and which plans might need more work. After the game, everyone else can read your group's ideas too. High stakes!
Looking forward to more great thoughts this weekend. Play the game, change the game!
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