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Paper Planes, Inc.

Paper Planes, Inc.

Accelerate Organizational Change, Increase Collaboration

Maybe your company is going through a re-organization.

Maybe employees need to understand their own corporate culture — and understand how to change and improve it.

Maybe managers need to collaborate across previously isolated functional silos.

Most managers want to do their jobs better. They want the organization to be successful. And they’re willing to work differently to achieve those goals.

But they need help. They need an opportunity to learn, firsthand, how to collaborate more effectively, redesign work processes and manage internal and external change.

Insights on Change and Collaboration

This award-winning change management simulation allows groups of employees to learn the value of redesigning how they work, internalize those insights and bring them back to their jobs.

Though it may seem like a game at first, participants quickly become engrossed in the 4-6 hour simulation. As they move from small disconnected groups to one team, cultural norms are exposed, barriers to change are revealed and managers start to internalize the value of engagement, collaboration and team work.

Paper Planes Participants:

  • Gain a firsthand understanding of how engagement and collaboration improve key organizational outcomes, including cost, quality, customer experience and employee satisfaction.
  • Learn how to work together across functional boundaries and help individuals “own” their work, becoming more invested in team and organizational success.
  • Break down barriers to organizational success and team-based change while reinforcing the power of teamwork and communication.

Because of its immersive, hands-on nature, participants in Paper Planes are able to internalize the lessons and take them back to their jobs. The simulation gives them a model of how to collaborate more, deal with change and continually improve work processes.

Thanks to norms based on thousands of participants in scores of different organizations, Paper Planes also provides insights on how an organization or team can prepare for change and a challenging environment.

How It Works

In Paper Planes Inc. 2.0 participants play the roles of employees in an aircraft manufacturing company — assembler, inspector, tester and so forth. Teams have an opportunity to sell as many planes as they can make that meet specific visual and performance quality standards defined by the customer.

During the simulation, teams go through three production runs. After each, the group meets to evaluate their efforts measured by production cost, quality, customer satisfaction, delivery time and worker satisfaction. After evaluating the production run, workers can redesign the process. Along the way, customer interventions complicate the work redesign and the production process.

  • Level 3 Change Management Simulation
  • Number of participants: 12-30
  • Time required to run: 4-6 hours
  • Languages available: English, Japanese and Portuguese

What Comes with Paper Planes

Facilitators order supply kits based on the number of participants. Supply kits contain:

  • One license to the online interface for tracking performance metrics and norms.
  • Materials to assemble the planes
  • Participant workbooks
  • Role specific instructions

In addition, facilitators need a tool kit. The tool kit contains:

  • Re-usable supplies, including rulers, glue guns, scissors, etc.

Once certified, facilitators will also have access to:

  • A downloadable facilitator guide
  • Online modules, to help facilitators understand how best to facilitate simulations in general and Paper Planes, Inc.
  • One-on-one coaching with a master trainer

Tool Kit

With your first order of Paper Planes you will need to purchase the Paper Planes tool kit.

Supply Kit

Paper Planes supply kits are sold based on the number of participants who will be completing the simulation. Supply kits come in quantities of 15, 20, 25 and 30.

Want to learn more about our data-driven Paper Planes, Inc. simulation? Download our printable PDF brochure.


At DLI we want to help trainers and facilitators maximize value and harness the full impact of Paper Planes, Inc. with their clients. Prior to purchase first time users will need to participate in our certification program. Our blended learning certification process can be completed quickly and remotely. cert-graphic-reverse DLI has the most user friendly certification process in the industry and provides facilitators and trainers with a powerful suite of tools to enhance classroom results including:
  • Access to Exclusive Normative Reporting
  • Downloadable Facilitator Guide
  • Downloadable PowerPoint slides
  • Online Training Modules
  • 1½ hour of Master Training Coaching
  • Access to DLI’s Powerful Online Assessment Center
Once you’ve purchased a certification for a particular product, we’ll follow-up with you to start the certification process. Purchase Certification Call us directly at 336.272.9530 or email us at and mention certification to speak one-on-one with a member of our staff about the benefits of our certifications process.

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