The author of this article on Team Role Playing, Jeffrey Baumgartner, writes that role playing "is when a group of people act out roles for a particular scenario." He goes on to describe a simple role playing scenario about a salesman and a customer. In essence, the two sales trainees play the two roles. Baumgartner mentions that other people may watch the scenario in order to better understand also.
The article continues with Baumgartner's scenario of salesman and customer being put to groups of trainees. There are specific rules that are laid out before each group and eventually each group must make a decision about how to best "play out" the scenario. The author mentions that when a team member is trying to help the "actor" that it should not be discouraged because it could possibly lead to better solutions. He sums up his discussion about his scenario by showing how each scenario can become more and more complex by adding more specifics, forcing the "actors" to think more about how to reach the best outcome for their team.
Analyzes problems from various perspectives
Implements brainstorming methodology in simulations of real cases
Tries various solutions in a case scenario
dDevelops team-work, co-operation and creative problem solving in groups
Exercises creative techniques in a risk-free environment