1. To experience a team planning process.
2. To design and implement a team project.
3. To learn to give and receive team feedback.
4. To learn factors that help and hinder team decision making.
A minimum of 15 people. The activity is especially useful in a team
training workshop but it can be used with an intact team.
2 to 3 hours depending on group size and the number of teams in the
Round or rectangular tables with chairs spread out around the room. It
is important that the teams be unable to hear each other during the
session. If necessary, break-out rooms can be used.
Team Reaction Form, Observer Guidelines, easel, flipchart and
1. Form teams of six to seven. Ask for two volunteers from each
team to be observers. Explain the role of observers.
2. Brief the observers privately using the Observer Guidelines.
3. While you are meeting with the observers, you may ask the teams
to develop a set of norms for team effectiveness that they will use
during the exercise. See Activity 32, The Team of Your Life.
4. Ask each team to clear their table completely. Each team member
is to place one small item from a pocket or handbag on the table
(e.g., coin, pen, key).
5. Explain that the task is to develop a competitive game that can be
played by two people using only the objects on their table. They
must also plan to teach the game to two people who will actually
play the game. Give teams a time limit of 30 to 45 minutes.
6. When the time period is over, ask team members to complete the
Team Reaction Form. Observers join with team members to give
feedback and discuss the team’s process during this period.