How Playing With Legos Helps With Disaster Recovery

Lego disaster recovery robot
Image courtesy of the Brisbane Times
Research has shown that Legos are great for child development. But did you know that they can help with disaster recovery development as well?

The Queensland University of Technology’s Lego League, which includes fifty teams of nine- to 16-year-olds, recently participated in a challenge to build Lego robots that can assist in a series of disaster-related challenges, such as how to deliver food or how to navigate flood water and earthquake rubble.

QUT is on to something — not only for DR planners in the making but for grown-up planners as well. Tabletop exercises such as these may seem like child’s play, but don’t be fooled: They are crucial.

Here’s why:
  • You can play out any scenario without tying up resources (other than your Lego stash, that is).
  • You’re forced to step back and look at the big picture of your disaster recovery plan.
  • You get a grasp for how all the pieces of your plan fit together.
  • You encourage teamwork among your business’s staff.
  • You harness the power of imagination. (When working together as a team, you can discover ideas you never would have thought of otherwise.)
What are your favorite tabletop exercises?

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