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Voyage Mapping: Hard Back

Learning Focus

  • Action Planning
  • Collaboration
  • Goal-setting & Monitoring
  • Group Management
  • Risk Assessment
  • Strategic Thinking

Group Size

2 - 6
2 - 8


30-90 Minutes
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Voyage Mapping is a visual team building exercise using metaphors of a journey to allow teams to discuss and review past experiences in order to plan, anticipate, and adapt for future challenges.

The Standard hardback version can be used with a group of up to 8 people.

Many individuals and organisations use the metaphor of a journey to describe their experiences;

  • “It’s been a long, hard road….”
  • “It’s been an uphill struggle but I think we’ve reached the summit…”
  • “We’re at a crossroads: we need to make a very decisive change in direction.”

The Voyage Mapping exercise can work with groups anywhere between 4 and 8 people, but we would recommend around 6 people per desk-based standard hardback map is optimal.

The exercise uses the idea of an old-fashioned sea voyage to represent the way in which explorers brought back with them the accounts of the events and incidents which shaped their voyage and the ‘tales’ of what they discovered. These stories include new knowledge and skills that were acquired, dangers faced and overcome and accounts of the feelings, relationships and memories which they shared.

As these stories are remembered and explored, learning emerges that can then be used and applied in planning for future voyages of discovery. The activity is equally effective when used to reflect on an individual, personal or professional journey, or the journey of a group, team or organisation.

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  • Review and share experience from completed projects, challenges and tasks
  • Identify and clarify the learning that is available from those past experiences
  • Use the improved understanding of the past experience to anticipate and prepare for future challenges

Voyage Mapping provides a set of resources that allows individuals and groups to work with a powerful metaphor for exploring the past and preparing for future challenges.

The Voyage Mapping activity contains activities that enables participants to create visual business plans; potential project futures; review tasks, projects and processes they have undertaken to identify successes and failures. They then explore the critical incidents and draw from those key learning points which they believe will have value in the future. This reflective process helps to ensure that future mistakes can be avoided, problems and pitfalls can be anticipated and costly repetition or re-working minimised.

This activity can work with groups  anywhere between 2 and 8 people but around 6 per board is ideal.

We also have different versions for different group sizes:

Voyage Mapping Individual Coaching, Large Roll-up, and Standard Roll-up versions

Activity Contents:

1x re-useable laminated hardback map (119cm x 59cm), 5x sets of 15 cartoon image metaphors, 1x set of 3 different write-on wipe-off pens, 1x set of Charting the Future cartoon keys, 1x Charting the Future brief, 1x set of Reflecting on Past Experience cartoon keys, 1x Reflecting on Past Experience brief. 

Package Weight: 3.2kg

Cleaning Tip
After continued use some pen residue may be left on the maps, even if using write-on, wipe-off pens. In this case restore the surface like new by using a 'label remover' substance such as the one we use:

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