Pyramid II

Pyramid II is ideal for developing planning skills. Shows teams how to make a plan, overcome obstacles, communicate effectively and assess risk.

Learning Objectives

  • Team planning and organising skills
  • The elements of project planning
  • The need for risk assessment
  • The need for good communication between team members
  • Participants

    Up to 4 teams of 4-6 per team

  • Timing

    2 hours

  • Uses a computer?

    Not required

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The Activity

As pyramid builders, you tender for the construction of a prestigious pyramid. The customer is shrewd and looking for a flawless project, within budget and on time.

Depending on your plans you’ll need to construct a model raft or a bridge (materials supplied) to be sure your final presentation captures the client’s imagination and convinces them that you are the right team for the project. All in the face of stiff competition!

Your team receives six briefing sheets but what is not immediately apparent is that the back pages are all different. Hopefully you’ll soon realise this! The project involves finding a site, estimating worker numbers, choosing the best stone quarry, planning a route to transport the stone (while avoiding areas of deadly ‘scourge’ disease), estimating the project completion date and quoting an overall cost. The route will determine whether you need the raft or the bridge.

There are a few hurdles along the way which add to the enjoyment of this all-round challenge of teamwork, business planning and persuasive presentations.

Trainer's Role

  • Introduce the exercise and the timescale for the session
  • Issue sets of six briefs plus a construction kit to each team
  • Allow 1.5 to 2 hours for teams to work through the activity, build their construction and prepare a presentation
  • Observe the team process. Do they appoint a leader? Does a leader emerge? How is information shared? How is the task broken down and delegated?
  • Ask each team to present their case. Lead a discussion on each team’s performance, the key learning points arising (refer to Trainer’s notes) and announce who gets the contract
  • Full guidance is provided in the Trainer's Notes

Pack Contents

  • Trainer’s Notes
  • Sets of Six Team Briefs
  • Pad of Secret Documents
  • Set of Casket Cards
  • Calculation Forms
  • Scourge Cards
  • Model-making equipment

We use this activity with credit risk analysts. We can link the activity to influencing, problem-solving, risk-training and working with others. It's fun, challenging and easily 'transferable' to the workplace.

Management Development Manager, Financial Services Sector

Highly participative, energising and a real challenge for people of all levels in project teams. The best learning comes from the need to win the contract, the leadership, teamwork and delegation.

H. Todd, Communicate Ltd

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