Before Mars – good collaboration can be measured

  • 9 – 300
  • 120 – 180 min (without reflection)
  • Face to Face
Before Mars is a strategic team simulation which perfectly reflects the way your team works. Together, you stand before the challenge of overcoming a demanding task, that demands analytic capabilities, good collaboration, decision making, risk managemant and relationship management.
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Before Mars – good collaboration can be measured

Saving Humanity Together – The Story

We’re writing year 2059, the Earth has become uninhabitable and your mission is nothing less than securing the survival of humanity. 10,000 people must be settled on Mars before it’s too late. Whether and how you manage it depends of your willingness to cooperate.

Before Mars is appropriate for companies that break open their silos and want to test and evaluate their VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Agility) capabilities. Before Mars helps your team to orientate itself towards a common goal, to train leadership and management capabilites and to develop a crisis-proof mindet.

Before Mars Motiv klein

How “Before Mars” further develops your team.


“Before Mars” gets your team to work together and cooperate. Not only management, but also leadship qualities are encouraged in order to conquer the mutal task. “Before Mars” is played in four quarters, each with 5 rounds. In each round, the team has to collect as many ressources as possible and with their help send rockets for the transport to Mars. This is the only way the continuation of the human race can be secured and to reach the common goal. Each ignited rocket earns the team status points. These can either be used for common use or collected. As only the team with the most status points at the end will be authorised to govern the future Mars colony. Could this influence the decision making within the team? No easy challenge.

Learning effects

Good management and leadership, as well as the commitment of all of the teams lead to success. The advantages of collaborative work become clear and rehearsed from round to round. “Before Mars” supplies sustainable learning effects for your company: in each quarter, the end of the global crisis haunts, which endangers the success of the mission and forces the team to cooperate amongst each other. But which team keeps their eyes on the bigger picture and who only thinks about their own advantages?


“Before Mars” is played in quarters, each with 5 rounds. With each quater, the output should grow and more people should be brought to Mars. We measure which ressources should be used and how the global crisis is dealt with. The measured results give clues to the team performance, the networking of the teams and a leadership/management index. The measured results can be compared with other teams/groups worldwide and in this way create benchmarks for your team success.

Possible occasions

  • Complex case and process challenges
  • Need to vote on team roles and responsibilities
  • Fusion of teams and change of location
  • Improve the ability to cooperate with other teams
  • Stengthen the us-feeling, in order to add value for everyone
  • Team aims are not reached
  • Reflection and optimisation of team collaboration
  • Integrative communication of team and group aims


Test your strategic thinking and actions in your company with “Before Mars.” At the end of the module, we will give you surprising insights in the team dynamics and valuable feedback for your team in a thorough final report. We help you to understand how you made decisions in the simulation. You receive important knowledge about what your team can do in order to optimise its performance in the real world. “Before Mars” can be carried out multiple times with the same participants and in this way provides valuabe knowledge on growing the team performance.

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At a glance

Included services

  • Extenisve advice beforehand
  • Implementation and presentation
  • Licence costs
  • Measured results with analysis
  • Supply of tablet PCs for everyone
  • On-site teams
  • Analysis and reflection by our team trainer*

*only available if you book the active module with trainer.


  • 9 – 300
  • 120 – 180 min (without reflection)
  • Face to Face
  • Worldwide
  • German, English
  • 2 m2 per participant, at least 30 m2
  • Year round

Suitable for

  • Teams on all hieratic levels
  • Leadership teams
  • High performance teams
  • Exsisting teams and teams in their developmental phase


Are you interested? Choose your trainer and send us your request.

We will contact you immediately to discuss the details (scope, procedure of the team development) and to provide you with a non-binding offer.

Anne-Cécile Graber
Felix Neugebauer
Nicola Hartung
Britta Beste