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Team Writing Book Project , C. Carter and J. Roe by Mind Map: Team Writing
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 C. Carter and
J. Roe
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Team Writing Book Project , C. Carter and J. Roe

Personal Goals

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.

Ch1 Collaboration



Face to face may be preferred how it is common to alternate collaboration methods.

Face to Face



Essentials, Task Schedule


HTW References

Collaborative Writing

Active Listening

Ch2 Project Management

Project Manager

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.

Task Schedule

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Agendas


HTW References

Project Management

Progress Reports


D#7, HW2 Application Evaluation/Link:Teamwork Project Manger:

Ch 3 Team Charters

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.

Student Project Charter

Team Goals

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.

measurable Goals

translate your broad goals into measurable goals with objective, specific criteria that are clearly either met or not met.

Individual commitment

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.

Other Factors Affecting Performance

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.

Resolving Impasse

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.

Late Work and Missed Deadlines

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.

Unacceptable Work

The team charter should outline a general criteria of unacceptable work standards.

Links to Resources

High Performance Work Teams

Team Charter Template

Links to how to develope measurable goals and outcomes

Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Developing Goals and Objectives

To Do List Application

Under the Extras Tab in Mindmeister you can create tasks and assign them with names, priority, completion dates, etc.

HTW References

Managing Conflict

The Negative Person in a Meeting

Ch4 Getting Started with the Task Schedule

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.

Assigning Tasks to Team Members

Motivation vs. Experience, Primary Task, Secondary, Advisory Task, Gendered Division of Labor

Scheduling the Tasks

Review the team charter and team preparation sheets to become aware of any scheduling concerns the team needs to keep in mind. JR

Balancing the Workload

Ensure that there is an agreed upon balance of work-load amongst team members. JR

Technology and Tools for Task Schedules

It is important that teams use familiar and uncomplicated tools when developing task schedules. JR

Gantt Charts

Project-Management Software


Gantt Charts: Microsoft project 2007

Free Wiki Space

Web Based Calendar Software

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 Major Tasks

Identifying project tasks is a brainstorming activity. JR

Task Schedule

Ch 5 Constructive Conflict

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

Constructive Conflict Engagement

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

5 Key Strategies to Creating a Constructive Infrastructure for Your Team

Clarify roles and resposibilities

Include Revision and Implement Revisions in the Task Schedule

Ground Rules on Conversation

Preplan Impasse Resolution

Establish Team Priorities

HTW References

Conflict HTW (74)

Consensus HTW (96)

Managing Conflict resources

10 Tips for Managing Conflict

Positive Steps for Managing Conflict

Managing Conflict Creatively

Managing Team Conflict

Ch6 Revising with Others

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

Revision Process

4 Steps to Create a Constructive Feedback Culture

Understand Project Requirements

Listening and Negotiating

2 Types of Revision



Choosing a Method

Ground Rules for Revision

Providing Effective Feedback and Making Good revisions

Individuals should take time and provide thoughtful suggestions. JR

Technology for Collaborative Revising


Commenting Features

Instructions for Word on Tracking Changes

Collaborative Revision with Google Docs

Example of Wikis for revision.

HTW References

Listening (pg. 307-309)

Planning (pg. 73)

Ch7 Communication Styles and Team Diversity

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

The Benefits of Diverse Teams with a link to 3 Reasons to create diverse work teams.

Diversity often leads to creativity and innovative problem solving. CC

How Differences in Communication Norms Can Cause Interpersonal Conflict

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  

Understanding Norms

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 vs. Considerate Conversational Norms

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-Promoting vs. Self-Deprecating Speech

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

Gender and Communication Norms

An easy way to see how gender socialization impacts communication norms is to look at body language.

HTW References

Listening (pg. 307-309)

Communicating Globally (pg. 229-230)

Ch 8 Troubleshooting Team Problems

Problems with Showing Up and Turning in Work

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

Problems with Personal Interactions

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

Problems with Revison

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

HTW References

Conflict (pg. 74-75)