The Pyramid Game™ | Teamwork Training Activity

**FOR USE IN VIRTUAL & FACE-TO-FACE TRAINING SESSIONS** ​ ​A great test of teamwork! The Pyramid Game is a simple test of a team's ability to get organised, manage a project and present a good case. *This activity is supplied digitally via the Northgate Trainerhub. No delivery charges apply.*

Learning Objectives

  • To work as an efficient team
  • To communicate well within the team
  • To have a structure to the team objective
  • To consider various options and select objectively
  • To manage the time effectively
  • The impact of a good presentation

Five-Year Repeat Use Licence

This Northgate training activity comes with a five-year licence for repeat use with up to 24 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

    3-24 (up to four teams of 3-6 per team)

  • Timing

    1 hour + debrief

  • Uses a computer?

    Not required

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The Activity

There is some urgency as the pyramid must be completed before the elderly Pharaoh dies.

Decide whether to build a single large pyramid or two small ones, which stone quarry to use and on which site to build. At the same time you need to work out how much it will cost, stay in budget and assess how long it’s all going to take - the Pharaoh is not getting any younger. In addition, in face-to-face sessions of The Pyramid Game, a scale model is needed - so the Pharaoh sees what he’s getting for his money. In virtual sessions there is, instead, a 'Squares Problem', which if resolved correctly will give gravitas to the team's reputation. An impressive sales slogan to appeal to his emotions is needed. Finally teams make short presentations - along with all the other contenders. The cheapest quote for building, within budget and within the time frame, wins - and in the event of a tie, the sales slogan and quality of the presentation will be the deciding factors.

Plenty for teams to display their skills – and plenty to assess (Observer’s Forms supplied). This is a timeless Northgate activity aimed at improving teamwork, very popular, and excellent value for money.

Trainer's Role

  • Divide participants into groups.
  • Explain how the activity works.
  • Issue Briefing Materials.
  • If possible, allocate an observer to each group.
  • When time is up, listen to the presentations and assess their proposal and their performance.
  • Lead a Debrief on team performance and lessons learned.
  • Allow observers to give feedback and announce the winner.
  • Full guidance is provided in the Trainer’s Notes.

Pack Contents

  • Trainer’s Notes
  • Team Brief
  • Map
  • Builder's Message
  • Pyramid Template (for face-to-face use)
  • The Squares Problem (for virtual use)
  • Observer's Form
  • Team Review Form

This activity is supplied digitally via the Northgate Trainerhub. No delivery charges apply.

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

On our management conference programme 'The Pyramid Game' proved a valuable exercise that was both stimulating and fun to do.

L. Morton, Blue Arrow Personnel

We use 'The Pyramid Game' at small conferences and find it opens up all sorts of training points for discussion. There is a lot to be gained in terms of teams identifying their strengths and weaknesses and allocating duties to make the most of their individual skills.

P. Attwood, Thomas Cook

I used 'The Pyramid Game' during a teambuilding exercise on an induction course. The best learning points included delegation, presentation, and options (for solution). The learning points will stay in the mind long after the course – just the ticket!

John Goode, Kerobi Performance Management Ltd

I used 'The Pyramid Game' with five different groups, all of whom were at different levels. It worked well on ALL levels - everybody engaged and there were some good learning outcomes from the exercise.

Nick Taylor, Learning & Development Specialist, Bath & North East Somerset Council

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