What Makes a Team? – Free Team Building

Duration: 20 - 30 minutes
Price: Free
Intended for:

This free team building game helps participants explore the key elements that make up an effective team. This provides them with an opportunity to discuss methods of improving their own teams.

Training Course Contents:

You can download a set of instructions for the team building game, ‘What Makes a Team?’ for free from the link at the bottom of this page, or you can follow the instructions below.

Resources Needed:

A series of pictures of different types of teams. Examples are:

  • An orchestra
  • The cast from the ‘Walking Dead’ TV series (how does a team stay ahead of the zombies)
  • The cast from any other current, popular TV series
  • A rugby, football, cricket, baseball, basketball, hockey team
  • Fire department
  • Doctors and nurses
  • Formula 1 pit crew
  • A family


After a discussion about teams (perhaps during a teambuilding or leadership skills training course), ask participants to view several pictures that you provide them with (these can be easily found on Google images). The pictures will represent different ‘teams’.

They should consider the qualities of the teams in the different images.

What makes them work together well?

What is the impact of this?

What are the dangers?

What works well?

What does ‘teamwork’ mean for this group?

What can we learn from this?

What can we do differently based on this?

It can be interesting to allow the conversation to take a course of its own and some of the suggestions and ideas can become quite diverse, which provides some useful concepts to take back to the workplace.


This teambuilding game is great for exploring the values and processes of an effective team and how that might transfer to participants work teams.

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