Problem solving in teams

Corkscrew is a challenging exercise designed to improve problem solving and cooperation in groups. Each member of the group is given unique information which, when shared, will help them to answer the question, “What is the vintage of this bottle of wine?”. Information can be shared verbally but not visually.

No individual in the group has enough information to be sure what the task really involves or how it may be done. The group must develop a common understanding about the nature of the task and the objective.

This exercise requires full participation from all group members.

Corkscrew is an excellent exercise to help team members understand the cooperative process, work more effectively in groups and to reach solutions to complex problems.

Corkscrew will help participants to:

  • understand how to work cooperatively
  • work more effectively in groups
  • improve their management and leadership style
  • reach better solutions to problems

How to fit this exercise into your training program:

Suggested agenda:

  • A brief introduction to problem solving in teams
  • The Corkscrew exercise
  • Debriefing and a short discussion of the main themes

This exercise can stand on its own as a short training event or can form part of a longer session focussing on problem solving and communication within teams. It can also form part of a full team development program.

Please note: Teams looking for a non-wine related exercise should look at CoffeeTime. It is the same exercise as Corkscrew but with a ‘coffee’ theme.

Development areas covered with this game:

  • Problem solving in groups
  • Teamworking
  • Communication in groups
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Organizational skills

Trainer’s Guide:

Each game purchased comes complete with a Trainer’s Guide describing how the game works, what to expect and game variations.

Who will benefit from this workshop:

All managers, supervisors and groups seeking to improve their ability to cooperate and solve problems.

Duration of exercise: 90 minutes

Number of participants: 6 – 12


Corkscrew – $480 + freight and delivery + tax

All costs are in Canadian dollars.

Follow-up support:

It is important to us that you are successful using our games in your training and development programs. We would welcome the opportunity to speak with you either before or after using our games to ensure that you obtain the maximum benefits from the exercise. Please call us on +1 416.925.9144.

Additional support:

Would you like additional support when you run this game for the first time or are you using it for a large group and need additional resources? We would be happy to facilitate this game for you. Please call us on +1 416.925.9144 to discuss your requirements.