A Taste of Teamwork™ 2-team | Teamwork Training Activity

  • A Taste of Teamwork™ | Teamwork Training Activity

A Taste of Teamwork!

This training game is a great test of teamwork skills! Things could go badly wrong at Fawlty's Bakery, but if teams get their act together they can save the day! This activity is for face-to-face classroom use.

Learning Objectives

  • Teamwork skills
  • Organisation strategies / devising a process
  • Attention to detail
  • Inter-team co-operation
  • Free and open communication
  • The importance of working as one big team
  • Meeting a deadline
  • 4-team version also available here

Five-Year Repeat Use Licence

This Northgate training activity comes with a five-year licence for repeat use with up to 12 participants per training session within your organisation. Please see the four team version here for use with up to 24 or ask for a discount for use with larger groups. Also includes access to the Northgate Trainerhub (see below for details).

  • Participants

    6-12 (2 teams of 3-6 per team)

  • Timing

    1 hour + debrief

  • Uses a computer?

    Not required

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The Activity

In this teamwork training activity, A Taste of Teamwork, two teams jointly represent the "Packing & Despatch Department" of a bakery supplying pies to retail outlets. The task involves ordering different kinds of pies from the baking department, processing customer orders, invoicing and packing up the orders, ready for despatch. Sounds easy?

But carrying it out - on time and accurately - is a bit of a challenge! Things can so easily be overlooked, misinterpreted or mixed up. What’s needed is an overall process, clear communication, inbuilt checks and balances and everyone on board! Great fun, full of learning - and easy to facilitate.

Trainer's Role

1. Introduce the training activity (optional PowerPoint included) and organise the group into two teams.

2. Issue the Team Briefs and allow delegates to study their briefs.

3. Prepare the Order Cards (by removing the five 'Late Order' cards and after 10 minutes issue a pile of 10 Order Cards to each team.

4. Issue the other boxes to one team; the invoices forms to the other.

5. Observe teams in action but do not get involved in their interaction.

6. Stand by to 'bake' pies on request.

7. At the 40 minute point issue the five 'Late Order' cards and an Analysis Form to each team.

8. At the 60 minute point the delivery van arrives to collect the orders.

9. Check the boxes and invoices (the left-over pies will give you a quick indication of teams' accuracy!).

10. Conduct the debrief with the aid of the Trainer's Notes & PowerPoint.

Pack Contents

  • Trainer’s Notes
  • PowerPoint
  • Team 1 Briefs
  • Team 2 Briefs
  • Sets of Order Cards
  • Trainer’s Record
  • Invoice Forms
  • Analysis Forms
  • Pie Boxes
  • Plastic ‘Pies’
  • Post-It Style Pads
  • Bakers' Hats

This activity is for face-to-face classroom use. It is supplied as a hard copy pack and the digital files are supplied 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
  • Unlimited Trainer logins for all Trainers based at the licence-holding site

My colleagues and I have been using Northgate activities for 25 years for team-based learning and we have always been impressed by the quality of the material and the insights the students get from taking part in these activities.

Paul Roberts, Principal Fellow for Quality & Reliability, WMG, University of Warwick

'A Taste of Teamwork' training activity provides good insights into people's ability to collaborate, prioritise, manage, coach, influence and communicate. Very easy to run.

HR Manager, Legal & General

I have ordered a couple of activities recently ('A Taste of Teamwork' and 'Escape from the Labyrinth!') and am really enjoying starting to rebuild a library of ‘stuff’ to make a difference!

Kate Bevins, Learning & Development Partner, Samworth Brothers Ltd

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