Voyage Mapping: Large Roll-up

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Learning Focus

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

Group Size

6 - 10
2 - 12


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 Large Roll-up version can be used with a group of up to 16 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 16 people, but we would recommend around 12 people per wall-mounted or desk-based large roll-up 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 resources to allow individuals and groups to work with powerful metaphors for exploring the past and preparing for future challenges.

The Voyage Mapping exercise contains activities that enables participants to create visual business plans, potential project futures; and 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 reworking minimised.

Voyage Mapping encourages participants to tell the stories of the journey they have been on, individually and together, through the course of a learning process, a project or a business challenge.

We also have different versions for different group sizes:

Voyage Mapping Individual Coaching, Hard back, and Standard Roll-up versions

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: 

Activity Contents:

1x re-useable laminated map (145cm x 73cm), 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: 4kg

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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