TeamBuild!™ | Fun Teamwork Training Activity

A fun, problem-solving activity with a construction element. TeamBuild! brings teams together to solve problems and work together for a common goal.

Learning Objectives

  • What factors make a good team
  • The need to be organised, setting clear objectives
  • The importance of double-checking work to avoid costly errors
  • Problem-solving skills
  • The need for good administration and a smooth running operation
  • The importance of utilising each team member’s special skills

Five-Year Repeat Use Licence

This Northgate training activity comes with a five-year licence for repeat use with up to 30 participants per training session within the licence-holding organisation. Please ask for a discount on multiple licences to use with larger groups. Also includes access to the Northgate Trainerhub (see below for details).

  • Participants

    3-30 (up to 5 teams of 3-6 per team)

  • Timing

    1.5 hours + debrief

  • Uses a computer?

    Yes - 1 PC required

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The Activity

TeamBuild! is a two-stage, competitive activity. Teams first receive a Team Brief, a set of 16 Tasks and a Scoresheet. The tasks are a mix of conundrums and puzzles, requiring different skills. Some are easy some less so. Each team is given a unique PIN to access the (one) computer program and enter their solutions. If a correct solution is entered into the program, the team banks a full score for the task - BUT it has to be right first time. Second and third attempts score progressively fewer points. So attention to detail and double-checking are crucial!

Key to the activity is the need for teams to organise themselves in such a way as to maximize their point score. Who is best suited to do this task and who will double-check it? How can time be maximised? Coordination is key. As well, for each correct answer, the program reveals a letter of the alphabet (16 in all) which can be arranged to spell out a simple instruction. This leads to the second stage of the activity, a construction task, and the need for a totally different skills-set. Using newspapers, sticky tape and scissors, teams must build the tallest, free-standing giraffe possible. All attempts to cheat (strapping to table legs, leaning on pillars etc) is strictly forbidden - but that won't stop teams from trying! Fun activity, serious learning.

Leader Option

With a slight variation in the running, TeamBuild! you can be used to address both leadership and teamwork skills. all in the Trainer's Notes.

Trainer's Role

  • Divide participants into teams. Introduce the session - briefly. PowerPoint provided.
  • Issue a Team Brief and set of the Task Sheets to each team. (For the leadership option, select or elect team leaders. Call the leaders to the front and issue a Leader’s Brief to each.)
  • Observe participants at work. Are they forming an effective team? Do they organise themselves? Do they minimize the chance of error? Do they cooperate with each other? Etc.
  • When teams collect all their points and letters of the alphabet and worked out the message, issue additional resources (newspapers, tape and scissors) for stage two - the construction.
  • At the deadline, stop all work. Measure the height of each construction (that conforms to the conditions).
  • For each team, retrieve their problem-solving score, from the computer, and add it to the height (cms) of their ‘construction’.
  • Before announcing the final scores and winning team, lead a discussion on what happened and what key lessons were learned from each stage.

Pack Contents

  • Trainer's Notes
  • Computer Program (internet access required)
  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • PDF Handouts ('Performance Checklist' & 'The Best Approach')
  • PDF Brief for the Leadership option
  • Team Briefs
  • Sets of 16 Task Sheets
  • Team Scoresheets
  • Scissors, & Sticky Tape (5 sets)
  • Tape measure

The computer program is accessed via the Northgate trainerhub.

Northgate Trainerhub

Benefits of the online Northgate Trainerhub include:

  • Easy-to-access resource library which stores all the digital files for the activity in one place
  • Immediate access to upgrades made to the activity over the five-year licence term
  • Access to an online Trainer Forum where you can post questions, share experiences & network with other Trainers
  • Access to free activities and icebreakers
  • Option to send information to team leaders digitally via the hub using Team Access Codes
  • Unlimited Trainer logins for all Trainers based at the licence-holding site

Have used 'TeamBuild!' with many different groups - always hits the mark. Excellent for identifying components of effective teams.

F. Henry, Enfield Council

'TeamBuild!' was lots of fun and we were able to assess skills and behaviour very well.

Samantha Plant, HR Advisor, Hitachi Rail Europe

Thanks Northgate for the brilliant 'TeamBuild!' It was great for getting teams to work together and it went down a storm!

Fiona Flemington, Corporate & Executive Coach, The Insightful Coach Consultancy

'Teambuild!' was great, the delegates really enjoyed it. I would definitely play it again.

Fiona Cameron, Director, Sticky Change Ltd

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