Schedule - When to Do What
Teamwork

While there is no recipe for the exact way a team should function, there are some regular meetings and products that are usually beneficial. By using all of these you're very likely to have a productive experience.

Exercise

When

Purpose

Roles

Product

Comment

Skills, Experience & Interests First Meeting Know your team and the "resources" you all bring to the team process. Vizualizer
Recorder
Lists - on the board, in the notes, and in your heads of what you collectively bring to the project.

You may combine this exercise with a discussion of what you hope to get out of the project or your non-academic interests.

Idea Generation / Brainstorming Multiple Times Generate ideas that will help move the project along Vizualizer
Recorder
List of possible ideas that can be analyzed (generally using explicit criteria).

It's often very helpful to first work individually for a bit, then have a general discussion.
Remember the general rule that during the idea-generation process you do not critique the ideas. Save that for later.

Advisor/Supervisor Meeting Weekly Bring your advisor or supervisor up to date on what you're doing and seek their advice on issues.

Vizualizer
Recorder
Archivist
Task Tracker

Meeting minutes. This meeting takes preparation. You need to have the questions organized and also documents showing the advisor what you've accomplished.
Team Meetings Often Coordinate your work. Generate ideas, track due dates, edit documents - even have fun Vizualizer
Recorder
Archivist
Task Tracker

Task assignments
Decisions
Ideas
Meeting Minutes

Schedule these and stick to an agenda.
It's often helpful to have at least one over a meal to aid in group cohesion.

 

Mistakes Teams Have Made

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Updated: 2/2/03