ASE 333T - Team Readings for Wednesday, Oct. 15

ASE 333T - Team Readings for Wednesday, Oct. 15 - Important...

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GLOSSARY Content experts: People who know the team's subject well End users: People who will use the products produced by the team Mission: The purpose of the team Process experts: People who are experienced at helping groups be successful Scope statement: The work that the team should accomplish Sponsor: The person who set up the team or who receives the team's products How do I get my new team started? This article outlines essential steps in forming a new team. These steps are also useful for existing teams that are interested in assessing their format and effectiveness. First, the work of the team needs to be clearly defined and matched to some real needs of the department, lab or center or of the Institute as a whole. If the team doesn't get a clear mission or scope statement from the team sponsor , creating these should be part of the team's kick-off process. (See our Checklist for Team Start-up tool.) In the early stages it is important to talk to the team's sponsor about his/her role and how he or she will support the team's work. What will the sponsor do for the team? What does the sponsor expect from the team? Teams need the clear support of the organization's leadership, including concrete support such as release time, funding and resources. Selecting the right team members is critical. Ideally, teams should be small (not more than ten people) so that members can develop a high-level of connection and interdependence. Members need both technical expertise (including writing and presentation skills) and good interpersonal skills for working in small groups. For teams working on Institute-wide projects, diverse membership (across MIT's units, across payroll/employee classifications and across gender/race categories) can lead to a richer team with better results. Content experts, process experts and end users can all play key roles. Team kick-off events are an important part of the start-up process. Kick-off events enable the team to articulate and understand the goals, mission and structure. A well-planned kick-off can increase team productivity and build team momentum. A formalized start-up activity will help the team define its mission, deliverables, roles & responsibilities, and success factors. How can I build a successful team? Six items are crucial to help teams function effectively. 1. Mission It is the shared commitment to a specific mission that helps define a team. A mission statement can provide powerful documentation about the team's purpose. Creating a mission statement requires team members to think about, discuss and come to agreement on the following questions: What is the work we were brought together to do? Why can this work best be done as a team?
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