understanding what each team member hopes to gain personally from the project will help the group in the group in the next step of defining and assigning roles and tasks.
Face to face may be preferred how it is common to alternate collaboration methods.
Face to Face
Essentials, Task Schedule
The project managers primary responsibility is to track the status of the project and to ensure that all team members know what they should be doing at any moment.
D#7, HW2 Application Evaluation/Link:Teamwork Project Manger:http://www.teamworkpm.net/home
A team charter is a brief, informal document that describes the "big picture" goals and priorities of the project. Its used as a written document that the team uses to define the teams priorities and norms, and is used to help resolve any problems or confusion later in the project.
These define a successful project. Examples include: making an original argument. Present data acurately and effectively. Pursuadeing the audience to accept the solution. Following format and guidelines of the asignment sheet precisely. Design products that satisfy the client. Creating instructions that a computer novice can follow without mistakes.
translate your broad goals into measurable goals with objective, specific criteria that are clearly either met or not met.
Most teams assume that all individuals will contribute 100%. However in reality team members can have commitments outside of the project and different levels of commitment and internal motivation.
Inform team members at the beginning of a project of your potential obstacles or shortcomings. This allows the team to work around any issues and address them in the task schedule.
There will be times when a team will be unable to resolve a disagreement. The team charter should address how to address these circumstances and resolve any issues to move forward.
These issues can signal a lack of commitment or breach of trust. And once again these situations must be addressed within the team charter on how to resolve the situation.
The team charter should outline a general criteria of unacceptable work standards.
High Performance Work Teams
Team Charter Template
Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Developing Goals and Objectives
Under the Extras Tab in Mindmeister you can create tasks and assign them with names, priority, completion dates, etc.
The Negative Person in a Meeting
The task schedule is the most important document a team produces for managing itself. The task schedule keeps the team on track by documenting who does what by when.
Motivation vs. Experience, Primary Task, Secondary, Advisory Task, Gendered Division of Labor
Review the team charter and team preparation sheets to become aware of any scheduling concerns the team needs to keep in mind. JR
Ensure that there is an agreed upon balance of work-load amongst team members. JR
It is important that teams use familiar and uncomplicated tools when developing task schedules. JR
Gantt Charts: Microsoft project 2007
Free Wiki Space
I think this would work well for a group working on a collaborative project. JR: This calendar web application is able to set up group calendars, search local events, announce events, embed weather, etc. The calendar can be made public for ease of use and is recommended to familiys as a tool to get organized. I feel this would be a good collaboration tool for simple team projects.
Identifying project tasks is a brainstorming activity. JR
Constructive conflict is the healthy, respectful debate of ideas and competing solutions to a problem. It is essential for anticipating problems and working through pros and cons of different approaches to find the best possible solution. JR
When a team engages in constructive conflict they: 1 present evidence and reasons in support of their ideas. 2 Listen closely to others viewpoints. 3 Carefully consider the merits and drawbacks of all opionions presented. 4 Work toward a solution by building and improving on all ideas presented. JR
Clarify roles and resposibilities
Include Revision and Implement Revisions in the Task Schedule
Ground Rules on Conversation
Preplan Impasse Resolution
Establish Team Priorities
Conflict HTW (74)
Consensus HTW (96)
10 Tips for Managing Conflict
Positive Steps for Managing Conflict
Managing Conflict Creatively
Managing Team Conflict
Generating a first-rate project involves recognizing that the team owns the work it produces and that every member shares a responsibility to make every part of the project the best it can be. Learning how to revise and critique your teammates work is an important part of this process. JR
4 Steps to Create a Constructive Feedback Culture
Understand Project Requirements
Listening and Negotiating
Choosing a Method
Ground Rules for Revision
Individuals should take time and provide thoughtful suggestions. JR
Instructions for Word on Tracking Changes
Collaborative Revision with Google Docs
Example of Wikis for revision.
Listening (pg. 307-309)
Planning (pg. 73)
A diverse team is one composed of people of different genders, ethnicities, or educational backgrounds or from different geographical regions. Learn to work together, research has discovered that diverse teams out-perform homogeneous groups. JR
Diversity often leads to creativity and innovative problem solving. CC
A norm is a standard of behavior typical of a particular group. An invidual norm is what a particular mamember of that groupconsiders to be normal behavior. communication norms is the way we are taught how we should behave to certain comments. CC
What feels "normal" to you may be different from what feels "normal" to others. Peope whose norms differ from yours are not necessarily egotistiscal, insecure, or rude-- they may just have different ideas and assumptions about what is appropriate behavior. When working in a group setting, you may need to change your norms--in other words, change your normal patterns of talk or behavior--- to do what is best for the group as a whole. CC
Competitive conversations allow speakers to battle out ideas, speakers are not really involved in coming to a cooperative solution. One problem with competitive conversational style is that others team members that are not engaged with that style tend to be excluded, talked over, or ignored. JR
How Can Competitive Speakers Adopt a More Considerate Style?
How can Considerate Speakers Adjust to Competitive Conversations?
Self promotional speech is characterized by occasionally agressive displays of confidence and criticism of othre sin order to make oneself look better. JR Self-deprecating speech is characterized by exaggerated displays of modesty and talking about ones own shortcomings. Both types of speech can cause major problems within groups. JR
An easy way to see how gender socialization impacts communication norms is to look at body language.
Listening (pg. 307-309)
Communicating Globally (pg. 229-230)
A teammate misses a meeting
A teammate misses a deadline
A teammate turns in incomplete work
A teammate turns in poor-quality work
A teammate disappears completely
My team doesn't trust me to do good work.
My team isn't listening to me -- or is taking a direction I disagree with
Other team members are not committed to a high-quality product
My teammates do and say things I find disturbing or demeaning
A teammates criticize my work exessively
Team members are not open to revisions to their work -- or team members ignore the suggestions I make for revision
My team is destroying my work
Team members are not giving adequate feedback
I'm not sure how to give good feedback to team members
Conflict (pg. 74-75)