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Webmaster Collaboration & Performance Improvement Activity


The Webmaster® activity uses collaboration between teams to develop time management skills through effective communication, planning processes and time restrictions.

A versatile activity which also focuses on problem solving skills and techniques, improving performance, and planning and monitoring team progress.

Webmaster can be used in small teams, or a large team and can be used either in or outdoors.

Watch a short video about Webmaster by clicking on the first thumbnail to the left.


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Key Features

    Learning Focus
  • Collaboration
  • Effective Communication
  • Improving Performance
  • Planning & Monitoring
  • Problem Solving
  • Time Management
  • Group Size
  • Ideal: 6 - 16
  • Possible: 2-30
  • Duration
  • 30-60 Minutes plus review

Activity Overview

Webmaster is a large scale experiential problem solving activity to develop collaboration across teams. Participants are required to assemble a black and white diagram using coloured ropes with specific rules they have to adhere to. Once the diagram is completed, they are then asked to re-do the whole diagram again, under a strict time frame.

Webmaster explores how participants work together in an organised, and effective manner under pressure to solve a problem. This seemingly ‘easy’ task quickly becomes demanding as participants need to use effective communication and planning and monitoring to adhere to the time frame to improve their performance.

Collaboration between teams, time management, and effective planning is key in most workplace environments, and Webmaster is the ideal activity to gain a real insight into how individuals and teams work together for mutual success, from students working on a group project, to senior executives with multiple deadlines.

Webmaster can be used either in 3 sub-sections, allowing it to be used with smaller teams, or bringing 3 sections together for larger teams.

Webmaster is also part of our Education Sector Package, a specifically tailored package for lecturers & teachers using our activities with students and young people for developing the 5 key employability skills. 

Learning Objectives

  • • Explore a team’s ability to create logical solutions to complex problems
  • • Establish and improve operational plans and processes to achieve more efficient use of time
  • • Identify and rehearse appropriate types of supervision and leadership
  • • Integrate different sub-team cultures to achieve ‘whole organisation’ working
  • • Developing collaboration across teams
  • • Understanding what it is meant by effective communication when solving a problem
  • • Understanding how different groups and individuals work together
  • • Working as a team, with individual input, to improve performance of the task at hand
  • • Using a logical and effective process to meet deadlines
  • • Managing time efficiently
  • • Refining and developing problem solving skills

Activity Description

Activity Contents:

29x Metal & Rope Components, Detailed Facilitator Manual, Diagram Outline

Package Weight: 3.15kg

This apparently simple activity makes great demands on teamwork! Team members are required to work out how to assemble a set of coloured metal and rope components to make a structure which is identical to a black and white design pattern that they have received.

There is only one answer to the problem and this has to be established through a process of logic and some trial and error. Detailed planning at this stage is ineffective as the theories must be tested in practice at an early stage.

The structure is built from three separate sections which interconnect. This means that a single team can work on all of the sections together from the beginning, or it allows for three sub-teams to work remotely in the early planning stage, only coming together at the final point of assembly.

Once the assembly is complete, the team must develop and rehearse a strategy for taking the structure to pieces and re-building it accurately against the clock in a tightly controlled 2-minute time-trial. As the pieces cannot be marked or pre-sorted they need to have a well-developed plan for identifying components and using manpower efficiently if they are to succeed.

The activity represents any workplace task in which a lengthy process of planning, decision-making and rehearsal must be undertaken before the project is delivered or ‘goes live’.


amazing toolReview by Saud
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I have been using Webmaster for years in Team building and Leadership programs. A great tool to develop competencies, such:
Team work
Performance Improvement
Planning and Organizing
(Posted on 20/11/2017)
Webmaster Rocks!Review by Karen O'Connor
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I have used this activity on three different leadership learning events for both senior and middle managers, and it has been brilliant and thought provoking. The learning and behaviours that were demonstrated from the participants proved invaluable in the post review discussion.

You always know when you have chosen a good activity when you have to drag participants away from a task because they want to improve their skills. Webmaster has proved to be great investment, and can be used in numerous ways depending on the required learning outcomes to bring out the best in others
(Posted on 08/05/2017)
Successful training using WebmasterReview by Training Resources Group
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We successfully utilized the Webmaster Training Program in our recent Recovery and Peace Building Assessment (RPBA) learning experience. Our focus was on effective collaborative partnership interactions among a tripartite gathering of the World Bank, United Nations and the European Union along with several other organizations. Successful RPBA interventions require collective focus and productive work towards a common goal.

Webmaster proved to be an instructive exercise to dramatize collaboration in motion--both what helps and hinders. It generated insightful revelations about leadership, strategic planning, communication, problem-solving, progress appraisal and adjustments, Emotional Intelligence, etc. Several colleagues have already put in requests to use it in their future programs.
(Posted on 29/03/2017)
Works great in bigger groups!Review by TeamCoachPete
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I used the set with a multicultural group of 30 people from Europe. Instructions were clear and we had two versions of them in Polish and English.
I found that you can use it for, as it says, multiple kinds of feedback on the process as such. It was also interesting to see the different "shades" of leadership that came through within the three groups we had working the tool.
A great experience. And as always to that: great support from Graham and Co at RSVP (Posted on 08/06/2016)
Great!Review by Anon - Global Leader Development Manager
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We have used the Webmaster activity for the past 7 years for our Leadership Academy class, and it’s always a great learning experience for the participants as well as the faculty (Posted on 24/03/2016)
Loved itReview by Liz
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Session went fabulous and loved webmaster! (Posted on 14/12/2015)
SuperbReview by Anon
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During the international training I gave this year t I used Webmaster which was superb. I loved it and it created a real buzz between participants. I used it in a group of 27. (Posted on 20/11/2015)
A really versatile kit, great quality materials and support Review by Nicky Jeynes, Standard Life
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I found Webmaster a really good quality tool. We adapted it and ran a 3 part exercise during a 3 day Graduate Welcome Conference. Great to get people up and active at the start of each day, introduced a small element of competition and a wealth of learning - communication, team work, planning, leadership etc. I can see this kit being used in a variety of ways for different sized groups - so a good investment. (Posted on 29/10/2015)
LOVE your products!Review by Brent (Assemblies of God World Mission)
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I ordered WebMaster and ColourBlind (2 sets) several years ago and LOVE your products! They have connected with everyone, both students and the corporate companies.

I decided to try more of your products as I have found so much value in the other two.

Thank you for creating such amazing products! (Posted on 05/10/2015)
works very well for communication developmentReview by John
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The Webmaster activity worked very well. I used it in a team event focused on communications, I split the group in three and only allowed one from each group to negotiate for swap deals. It brought out all of the points I was aiming for so I was very happy with the game.
John Whitaker
Learning & Development Consultant
Historic Scotland
(Posted on 20/01/2015)
LOVE!Review by Rebecca
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I LOVE the WebMaster!! I've had such great experience with it all over the world!!
Rebecca Nordeman
Chief Servant
(Posted on 20/01/2015)

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Click the link below for more information about Webmaster. We also have NEW 'Education & Teacher Specific' facilitation notes for those who wish to use the activity with students or young people in an educational setting.


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