analysis final - Alex Strickler CST 350-01 Dr McCall 14 June 2013 Analysis Paper Groups are natural to humans the formation of groups is a natural

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Alex Strickler CST 350-01 Dr. McCall 14 June 2013 Analysis Paper Groups are natural to humans, the formation of groups is a natural process and they are also a “fundamental way to meet important needs (Galanes & Adams, 2012). And all groups also naturally go through the input-throughput-output process. My group, Fantazmagazzle, was no different. According to our text, input variables are components from which a small group is formed and that it uses to do its work (Galanes & Adams, 2012), including the members, the reasons for the groups formation; resources such a information, expertise, money, and computer technology; and environment conditions and forces that influence the group. Some examples given from the book are beliefs and values, skills, diversity of members, knowledge, and personal characteristics. When we first started as a group, the four of us all wrote a discussion board post describing what we each thought were important input variables to have and focus on. I said that I believe work ethic was an important input variable. It fits under several categories of input variables and sets the tone early on how hard you work and the quality of your work. Carly made a great point by saying that the input process is “important part of the process in order to get everyone's involvement and all ideas accounted for and considered” (C. Craver, personal communication, June 2013). I completely agree because input variables have an affect on the orientation phase. I feel like we were very successful in our input phase because we successfully orientated ourselves with one another while at the same time using our diverse backgrounds and skills to help the group. Based off our input experience, I will be evaluating our throughput and output processes as well. Throughput is the second process in the input-throughput-output process. This second phase is the “do” process, or as the text puts it “how the group actually transforms inputs into final products—
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how the system functions, what it actually does. The throughput process is usually where the development of roles, rules, and norms takes place. This is how the group functions while together. When it came to decision making we followed Poole’s model. Initially I thought that Fishers model was more accurate. Fishers model is a static form where you go through orientation, to conflict, to decision emergence, lastly to reinforcement (Galanes & Adams, 2012). After discussing as a group we realized that in Poole's model you move from one phase to another, but that they never repeat. This would be true if we only had one task or objective. Instead, Fishers model is complex model that is spiraling (Galanes & Adams, 2012). This model is saying that the group is constantly in motion in decision making, that you never move from one phase and never come back to it. For example during an exam, we could run through this process in upwards of 15 times, based on how often we had to discuss a question. The groups first major decisions came while participating at TeamQUEST. During
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