Thursday, September 27, 2012
As engineering students it is critical that we be able to work as part of a team. This also applies for after we graduate and are out in industry. Teams aren’t always great, they take effort. All teams have different dynamics because each group member brings something different to the table. First recognizing each member’s personal identity is important to determine how the team can function as a whole. Once the importance each member will play in the team is identified, there is a complete recipe for success of the group.
This recipe includes: clarity in team goals, an improvement plan, clear communication, beneficial team behaviors, a well-defined decision procedure, balanced participation, established ground rules, awareness of the group process, and use of the scientific approach. By effectively using this recipe, working in teams at any level should lead to success.