This high-energy activity is ideal for exploring teamwork under pressure. When resources are scarce, communication and coordinated effort are critical and we must find ways to improve existing processes.
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The group is tasked with transporting a small ball through a pipeline that is constructed using half pipes, which the participants themselves are holding in place. From start to finish, the ball must keep moving, it cannot be touched, and it must always roll in one direction. The group will have to start over if they fail at any point.
Just like in the real world, resources are scarce. There are more people than there are half pipes and so the group must be well-organized, coordinating constantly and completely engaged. The difficulty may be increased by adding participants or lengthening the distance from start to finish.
Two teams line up parallel to one another. The goal is to get both balls to the finish at the same time. This challenge adds a new dimension of interdependency and requires a higher level of coordination. Each team must be aware of the other's progress and be able to adapt, flexing their speed while keeping the ball moving in one direction.
Use it for coordinating actions, cooperating
Use it for generating ideas, communicating effectively, facilitating
Use it for mid-morning or after lunch
Use it for rising to a challenge, conducting trials to learn and improve, focusing on targets
Use it for managing when resources are scarce, making proper handoffs and meeting deadlines under pressure
|Participants (min / optimal / max)||Time needed (activity only)|
|Standard: 6 / 16 / 30 ||10-25 mins|
|6 half pipes made of durable, semi-|
transparent plastic, 2 wooden balls,
1 detailed instructions manual
|32 x 26 ft (9.8 x 8 m)|
|28 x 4.3 x 4.1 in|
(71.1 x 10.9 x 10.4 cm)
|3.5 lb (1.6 kg)|
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