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.
Up to four teams of 3-6
1 hour + debrief
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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 long it’s all going to take and how much it will cost. In addition a scale model is needed - so the Pharaoh sees what he’s getting for his money - and an impressive sales slogan to appeal to his emotions. Finally teams make short presentations - along with all the other contenders. The cheapest quote for building, within the time, wins - and in the event of a tie, the model and slogan are 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 very reasonably priced.
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 Pyramid 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