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Think of a group project that you have been involved in. This project may have been a student project, a group project, or an extracurricular project. (I know this is assignment is referring to me, but try to think of something you may have done, so that I can see an example of what you may have done, so that I can understand.)

Briefly describe the situation and choose one of the following to post on the discussion board:

1.) Analyze the development of the team in terms of the four-phase model. Does this model describe how the team evolved?

2.) Analyze the group in terms of situational factors that influence team development. What factors positively contributed to group performance? What factors negatively contributed to group performance? How did the group try to overcome the negative factors? What could you have done differently to overcome these negative factors?

3.) Analyze how effectively the group managed meetings. What did the group do well? What didn't the group do well? If the group were formed again, what specific recommendations would you make about how the group should manage meetings?

Please include your references. Thank You.

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Think of a recently completed group project that you have been involved in. This project may have been a student project, a group project, or an extracurricular project.

Briefly describe the situation and choose one of the following to post on the discussion board:

1. Analyze the development of the team in terms of the four-phase model. Does this model describe how the team evolved?
2. Analyze the group in terms of situational factors that influence team development. What factors positively contributed to group performance? What factors negatively contributed to group performance? How did the group try to overcome the negative factors? What could you have done differently to overcome these negative factors?
3. Analyze how effectively the group managed meetings. What did the group do well? What didn't the group do well? If the group were formed again, what specific recommendations would you make about how the group should manage meetings?

Suggested answer follows (although we're not supposed to help with complete essay). I hope this helps.

1. Analyze the development of the team in terms of the four-phase model. Does this model describe how the team evolved?

The following four-phase model can be used to analyze a project or group situation that you have been involved in.
Phase Task Functions Personal Relations Functions
1 Orientation Testing and Dependence
2 Organizing to Get Work Done Intragroup Conflict
3 Information-flow Group Cohesion
4 Problem-solving Interdependence

From: http://www.cedanet.com/meta/group_process.htm

For example, did the group begin with group member orientation, with the members testing each other (e.g., trust) and acting dependent on one another? Next, did the group begin to get organized to get the work done (task), with some intragroup conflict evolving as people because less dependent on group identity and more dependent on their individual personally? Thus, intragroup conflict (jockeying for positions, personal agendas, etc.) occurred. And so on. It more than likely did follow these stages, as most groups do.
2. Analyze the group in terms of situational factors that influence team development. What factors positively contributed to group performance? What factors negatively contributed to group performance? How did the group try to overcome the negative factors? What could you have done differently to overcome these negative factors?

Again, the question is straightforward. You will be answering each of the questions and finally what you would have done differently.
I was involved in a group project in my Social Psychology class, and the situational factors that influenced group performance negatively were team members being late, one member chronically not completing his part of the task on time - and expecting others team members to carry his share of the project, and jockeying for position of leader between two team members. The positive situational factors were that four of the group members were highly motivated to get the project completed successfully, with two potential leaders evolving, which compensated for the two slackers. Therefore, the four of us carried more than our share, and I completed the final report with limited input from the one team member - but I did ask him for his opinions and I jotted them down and included them in the final report. He, however, failed the class, because he had not handed in the individual reports that were a class requirement.
We tried to motivate the team members, but it did not work, as the one group member did not care if he made the class. Perhaps we should have encouraged him to quit the class and receive an incomplete, rather than receiving a fail status and drag the rest of the team down with him. To be fair, this person had a 30 CU workload, had new family to support, so had a full time job as well. However, that was his issue, but shows how situational factors can have a powerful impact of group processes. The two evolved leaders, learned to share the control, and it was interesting as the two worked together. Perhaps we could have did more team building in the initial stage and also set ground rules for the group (e.g., come prepared, be on time, etc.) as suggested by the following author in example 1:
Have you had a group experience to use for this question?
Example 1: TEAMBUILDING
One key to successful teams is bringing together individuals who differ and then dealing effectively with those differences. Forming a team and working in teams can result in conflict or synergy. Consultants working with teams can help minimize the conflict and maximize the synergy by:
? Helping team members learn more about each other so that communication is more effective;
? Aiding a new team's formation through the steps of chartering, setting norms, clarifying goals and roles;
? Re-energizing or refocusing an existing team through a variety of methods and techniques; and
? Assisting in resolution of conflicts that have occurred within a team (http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/traindev/alliance/whatwedo.htm#strategic)
See team-building tips at http://humanresources.about.com/od/involvementteams/a/twelve_tip_team.htm

3. Analyze how effectively the group managed meetings. What did the group do well? What didn't the group do well? If the group were formed again, what specific recommendations would you make about how the group should manage meetings?
To help you in your group analyze, I located an excellent resource that I uploaded below. It has some excellent points to include in your discussion about how well your group did such the effectiveness of the meeting details communicated to the team players about time, place, etc (p. 2-4 below); how well was the meeting organized, how well did you avoid ambiguity (p. 2-3 below), how prepared were the team members (p. 5 below), how well was the meeting conducted (p. 6 below), to name a few.
The following write-up expands on each of these ideas (plus others) for you to consider in your meeting analyzes. It is fairly lengthy, but highly informative; so keep what fits.
Example 2: CONVERSATION AS COMMUNICATION (Article).
By Gerard M Blair
Communication is best achieved through simple planning and control; this article looks at approaches which might help you to do this and specifically at meetings, where conversations need particular care.
Most conversations sort of drift along; in business, this is wasteful; as a manager, you seek communication rather than chatter. To ensure an efficient and effective conversation, there are three considerations:
? You must make your message understood
? You must receive/understand the intended message sent to you
? You should exert some ...

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