Incident Management Training for IT Operations

Lost at Sea Exercise


You have chartered a yacht for a trip over the Atlantic Ocean with three friends. As none of you have any sailing experience, you hire a crew of three. In the mid-Atlantic, there is a fire and all of the crew are lost. The yacht is sinking. You do not know where you are, but you are hundreds of miles away from land. You have saved 15 items that are undamaged. You have a 4-person lifeboat and a box of matches.

Your group task is to rank these items from (1) the most important to (15) the least important.

The person responsible for Communications may use the form below to write their report. When submitted, a copy  will be emailed to the address entered on the form so it can be used it to deliver a briefing when you return to the main group.

Shaving mirror
Mosquito netting
25 liters of water
1 case of army
Maps of the Atlantic
A floating seat
10 liter can of oil/petrol
Small transistor radio
3 square meters of opaque plastic
A can of shark
1 bottle of 160 proof rum
4 meters of nylon
2 boxes of chocolate
Fishing kit

Worksheet for use by Scribe, who should share their screen for this exercise.

Click and drag the lower right corner of the text box if you need more more space for ranking.