EML2322L Tips for Working Effectively in a Group

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EML2322L – MAE Design and Manufacturing Laboratory Tips for Working Effectively in a Group Working together efficiently does not just happen. It requires discipline and active leadership. Learning how to work effectively in a group is one of the most challenging aspects of this course, as well as industry. The following tips offer proven methods to promote cooperation. 1. Communication is key when it comes to teamwork. Learn to listen as well as you speak; give every member’s ideas the same consideration you give your own. Resist the urge to interrupt. Clarify your understanding by summarizing other members’ comments. If your members seem hesitant to express themselves, take the lead by voicing your own ideas. Saying what is on your mind will demonstrate to your group members it is okay to take risks and it will encourage a positive group dynamic. Clear and direct task assignments and evaluations are essential for tasks to be completed properly within the allocated time frame. 2. During the design phase, everyone should share tasks. Since all design work must conclude before manufacturing can commence, everyone must work on the design together to do the best job possible in the allotted time. Everyone should participate equally on the design work and CAD modeling/assembly. That means everyone models parts, everyone makes drawings, everyone checks drawings and everyone works together to complete and check the written portions of the design reports. Do not let anyone use the excuse I’m not very good with CAD. If you hear that from team members, assign them extra work since they need the practice; or ask if they are planning to mention that during their interviews as well. Reward results, not excuses.
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