10 team building ideas for project management teams

Posted by admin on Jun 24, 2019 3:52:43 AM

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The face of the work world has changed dramatically in recent years.

Technology has disrupted the way business is done, AI and automation have become focal points and interactions with chatbots have become the norm. Shifts in the physical workspace have also taken place as remote work has become all the more possible and accepted. According to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, 4.3 million US employees now work from home at least half the time.

While these trends are mostly seen as positive, the reality is that human connection is being lost. Yet, it remains essential. In many cases, it’s linked to improved productivity and success in business but more than that, it’s necessary for individuals’ wellbeing. It’s also an invaluable component of team work, especially when individuals are always up against the clock, on tight deadlines and under pressure.

So, how can you boost morale as a team leader and get your team members to reconnect? One great way is to get the team out of the office, to get them to disconnect from all the emails and alerts, and to use the time to remind them why they're all great project managers.

Here are some team building ideas that will break the ice, encourage bonding, shine a light on key skill areas, and give everyone the chance to unwind and have fun.

 

Make a team with …

The rules of the game: Participants must act quickly to form small teams based on instructions that you shout out. This could be anything from “Make a team with people who have the same types of pets as you” to “Get into a team with people who share similar music preferences” or “Make a team with those who studied the same major as you”. Once you’ve shouted out the instruction, participants need to quickly communicate with one another to find their groups and sit down to indicate that their team is “complete”. You can repeat the exercise a number of times to encourage communication and interaction.

Key skill area: Communication

 

The blindfold game

The rules of the game: You’ll need blindfolds and furniture or other items that can be used as obstacles for this game. Blindfolded participants must rely on their partners to navigate a course filled with obstacles. Before the activity begins, scatter furniture and other objects around a room, ensuring that the course is challenging but safe. Put team members into pairs and blindfold one person in each pair. That person’s sighted partner then needs to give instructions to guide them along the course, helping them avoid the obstacles. Once the blindfolded participant has reached the end of the course, partners should switch roles and repeat the activity.

Key skill area: Communication

 

Room escape games

The rules of the game: Given the popularity of this team building activity, there are a number of companies around the world that host room escape games: Puzzle Break, HintHunt and AdventureRooms, to name a few. The principle remains the same: Your team gets “locked” in a themed room for a set period of time and you’re given a handful of clues to solve puzzles, find hidden objects and more clues which will ultimately help you find the key to unlock the door and escape. It takes a fair amount of skill, tactical thinking and a lot of team work – it’s not as easy as it sounds.

Key skill area: Planning

 

Scavenger hunt 

The rules of the game: You’ll need to hide a number of objects in a chosen location and draw up clues or riddles that will help participants find these objects. To encourage collaboration, divide participants up into groups. Each group will need to find as many of the objects as possible in a limited period of time, based on the clues or riddles they receive. The group that finds the most objects wins.

Key skill area: Planning

 

Lost at sea

The rules of the game: The group is hypothetically on a ship, lost at sea, and the vessel is sinking. You need to inform your “crew” that there are 15 items, such as a can of water, maps, rope, etc. and that they need to rank the items in order of importance for survival. Each individual will need to come up with a list and explain their thinking to the group, trying to get others to agree to their logic so a final list can be agreed on by all.

Key skill area: Persuasion 

 

What’s in the room?

The rules of the game: Teams need to pick a random object in the room and devise a marketing plan to sell it to other teams. They’ll need to conceptualize a brand name, logo, slogan, an outline of the product and its USPs within a set amount of time. Once they’ve put together their creative strategy, they’ll need to present it to the groups and “sell” the item at a profitable price. The team that manages to hypothetically sell their chosen object at the highest profit and with the most appealing marketing strategy wins!

Key skill area: Persuasion

 

Egg drop

The rules of the game: The aim of this activity is to creatively construct a carrier for an egg to protect it from breaking when dropped. Groups will need to carefully consider how to use items such as newspaper, tape, rubber bands, popsicle sticks, etc. to build this protective case in a set period of time and will need to quickly make decisions about the best proposed solution. Once each team has built their egg carrier, they will need to drop the case with the egg in it from a high (and safe) point like a balcony to see whether the egg is kept from breaking. Be sure to do this in a space where you don’t mind things getting messy!

Key skill area: Decision-making

 

Card pieces

The rules of the game: Team members need to trade pieces of playing cards to create complete cards. You’ll need at least three teams of two (or more) and four to six playing cards per person. Cut each playing card in half diagonally and then in half diagonally again so you end up with four triangular pieces. Mix all the pieces together and distribute equal numbers of cards to the teams. Give teams five minutes to sort through their cards and determine the pieces that they need to complete as many cards as possible, then let the bargaining between teams begin.

Key skill area: Negotiation

 

Cook-off

The rules of the game: Food unites people but when it comes to a cook-off, team members need to be able to handle the heat in the kitchen. Split your group up into smaller teams and challenge them to create a new dish together, all using the same ingredients or at least one key ingredient. Once the dishes have been created, a judging panel will need to rate the culinary creations against a number of predetermined criteria. The team with the highest score wins, but enjoying the dishes together afterwards means that no one loses.

Key skill area: Creativity / problem solving

 

Sneak a peek

The rules of the game: In groups of at least four, individuals take turns recreating objects from memory. One game leader will need to craft an object using items like building blocks, clay, rubber bands and sticks. They’ll then present this creation to one member of each group for 10 seconds. Each group representative has the chance to recreate what they saw in 60 seconds. If the object isn’t completed in this time, another member of the group has the chance to sneak a peek and give the construction of the object a shot. The aim is to be the first group to recreate the object accurately.

Key skill area: Creativity / problem solving

 

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Topics: Project Management, Leadership