Product Pipeline

This hands-on pipeline team building activity involves physical teamwork, plus inter-team collaboration and negotiation. Using bamboo, garden hose, and other wacky items, teams construct an actual pipeline for delivering marbles.

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Why this event?

This pipeline challenge experience offers an excellent opportunity for participants to unite as small teams and tackle the tasks collectively. Individual teams also need to join forces to accomplish something even bigger. The pipeline also becomes a powerful metaphor for getting a product into customers’ hands. The teams represent individual departments within a company and each need to fulfill their own specific functions. But in the end, organizations succeed when everyone collaborates toward a common goal.  

Each small group works within a designated 8′ square to build their section of pipeline. These squares are connected, so the big challenge is for teams to coordinate their efforts to ensure that each section fits together with those before and after it.

We frame the whole process as a company project, with a diverse range of roles designed to allow everyone to participate – your group gets to elect two project managers who oversee the big picture while uncovering customer needs. The pipeline has a minimum marble revenue requirement to meet. Pipeline departments each have budgets that they can spend on tape, twine and other construction materials. Meanwhile, a marketing department creates a presentation selling the benefits of the fancy new pipeline. 

The high point of Product Pipeline? The big moment of truth when that first marble is fed into the pipeline. Will your pipeline carry the marble all the way through without requiring adjustments or repairs? Whatever the results, count on lots of laughter and high-energy fun. This is TeamBonding, after all.

Team size
  • 20 – 500+
Time needed
  • 2 hours
Space requirement

This event works well indoors or out. Either way, you’ll need a large open space, clear of tables or chairs. 20 sq ft per participant is a good rule of thumb.

Ideal for
  • Ice breaker
  • Fun pick-me-up
  • Customer service training
  • Conference breakout sessions

TeamBonding is all about customization. Would you like specific elements of company branding, culture and/or mission statement woven into your program? Just let us know what you have in mind.

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For more than 20 years, we’ve been helping teams like yours enhance open communication and build team camaraderie. If you want to rekindle the bonds your team once shared, or you’re assembling a new virtual team for the post-pandemic world, we are here to help.

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