You failed to engage in competitive tendering, go back two spaces

1 July 2011
Earlier this week, toyshop Hamleys compiled a list of this year’s must-have presents. Among the toys chosen by the retailer was a helicopter with a camera, a robotic chick and a sit-in inflatable Dalek. Now, I'd like to battle The Doctor as much as the next man, but I can't help thinking in these times of economic hardship, we should be providing gifts that, while fun, also provide something of practical value – like a board game that teaches you the principles of a profession While budding speculators can hone their skills with Monopoly, potential surgeons can stretch their dexterity with Operation, there is not yet a game to divert a child’s career dreams away from the unrealistic astronaut to the far more achievable role as a procurement professional. This must change. And so, I present a worldwide exclusive - Procurement: The Board Game. Concept: CPOs (the players) compete in a race to achieve ongoing efficiency in their supply chain (what child wouldn't be excited by that?). Equipment: One board (Made up of blank spaces, event spaces and negotiation spaces), one dice, five model CPO counters, 40 negotiation cards, 40 event cards. Rules: Players line up on the start square and roll the dice, moving their piece the corresponding number of spaces. If they land on a negotiation space they must roll the dice against one of the other players. If they score higher they move forward by the winning margin, if they lose they move back by the margin. When a player lands on an event space they must take a card from the middle of the board, which will either increase or decrease efficiency. Sample event cards:
  • Commodity prices have fallen, go forward two spaces.
  • One of your competitors has had a factory fire, move one of the other players back three spaces.
  • The EU has passed new procurement legislation, go one space forward, then two spaces back.
The game ends once one of the players reaches the final space, “the square of eternal supply chain efficiency”. Do you have any alternatives? A purchasing take on Cluedo? Snakes and Ladders?
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