1. The following activities are based on a recently completed group project that you have been involved in. This project may have been a student project, a work project, or an extracurricular project.a. Analyze the development of the team in terms of the five-phase model and the punctuated equilibrium model. Which model does the best job of describing how the team evolved
b. Analyze the group in terms of the nine 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
c. 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
This exercise is designed to have students apply their own experience to chapter material. We recommend that you use it as a written assignment. Responses will vary depending upon the kind of project they choose to analyze (work, school, or extracurricular). Some students will balk at the assignment claiming that they have no project experience. Upon closer examination this is rarely the case. Most students at a minimum have been involved in group assignments in this or other classes and can use that experience to do the analysis.
Students should be encouraged to provide concrete examples to support their analysis and recommendations.
A variation which reduces the scope of the assignment is to assign only one of the three sets of questions (a., b. or c.) or have the students choose the most appropriate one, given the project they are analyzing. This exercise can also be used as a group assignment if the focus is a project that the students are currently working on as part of this class.