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2596705886 - ME2004 Project(Design and Make Teamwork Basics...

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ME2004 Project(Design and Make) Teamwork Basics Two things get accomplished in good teams: the task gets accomplished and the satisfaction of team members is high. In order to achieve both of these ends: Get to know other members of your group and their strengths Set ground rules Use a facilitator Keep lines of communication open Know how to avoid (or solve) common problems Ground Rules Setting some basic ground rules helps to insure that everyone is in agreement about how the team will operate. You will want to establish norms about how work will be done, the role and responsibilities of a facilitator, how you will communicate with one another, and how your meetings will be run. Some of the ground rules can be decided on now; others will develop as the semester progresses. 1. Work Norms: How will work be distributed? Who will set deadlines? What happens if someone doesn't follow through on his/her commitment (for example, misses a deadline)? How will the work be reviewed? What happens if people have different opinions about the quality of the work? What happens if people have different work habits (e.g., some people like to get assignments done right away; others work better with the pressure of a deadline). 2. Facilitator Norms: Will you use a facilitator? How will the facilitator be chosen? Will you rotate the position? What are the responsibilities of the facilitator? (see below) 3. Communication Norms: When should communication takes place and through what medium (e.g., do some people prefer to communicate through e-mail while others would rather talk on the phone)? 4. Meeting Norms: What is everyone's schedule? Should one person be responsible for coordinating meetings? Do people have a preference for when meetings are held? Where is a good place to hold meetings? What happens if people are late to a meeting? What happens if a group member misses a meeting? What if he/ she misses several meetings? 5. Consideration Norms: Can people eat at meetings? smoke? What happens if someone is dominating the discussion? How can norms be changed if someone is not comfortable with what is going on in the team? About Goals: Often there is the unstated assumption in student teams that everyone wants to get an "A" in the course, and that should be the team's primary goal. But sometimes, as the semester progresses and everyone gets pressed for time, people have to make decisions about which courses take priority. If this course is a higher priority for some team members than for 1
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others, that can create dissension in the group. Talking about this will help to lessen that tension and help you find solutions to the problem. Keep communicating with one another! Also, there may be other goals you want to consider as you work together during the semester. These include: having a high level of camaraderie in the team, learning about how to work together on a team-based project, or learning how to interact with others as a member of a team.
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