1. To explore the dynamics of problem-solving and decision-making.
2. To become aware of team planning and role clarification.
3. To become aware of cross-functional interdependencies.
Designed for a team training workshop with the participants divided
into teams of 5 people each. The total number of participants is limited
only by the space available and the ability of the facilitator to handle
1 to 2 hours
A room large enough for the groups to work comfortably; round or
rectangular tables with chairs.
1. Easel, flipcharts, markers, and tape or push pins for each team.
2. Copies of Background Sheet for each member.
3. Individual Role Sheets.
1. The facilitator gives a short talk on the need for collaboration and
open communications to ensure overall team effectiveness.
Further, the facilitator briefs the group on the concept of team
formation and the need to clarify roles and establish team norms.
2. The facilitator forms groups of five and explains the activity,
indicating that team members should not share their role sheet
information sets with one another until after the activity has been
3. The facilitator begins the activity and then monitors each team’s
progress and process.
4. After 60 minutes, the facilitator concludes the activity, asking each
group to describe their work, and leads a discussion on role
conflict, team problem-solving, and team decision-making.