Explore strategies of high-performing student groups and hear advice on making your projecs successful.
Explore the nature of conflict in teams and learn stratgies to manage these situations for more successful projects.
Explore various types of problematic behaviors and learn how to manage each of these behaviors.
The most effective project teams clarify expectations, define roles and get started early. During the project, team members stay in frequent communication and have a strategy to put everything together in the end. These teams tend to experience less conflict and produce a better final product.
Conflict is a normal part of any group project. The goal is to acknowledge and manage conflict so it can help the group overcome challenges and perform better, instead of avoiding conflict or allowing it to deteriorate into personal attacks among team members. Recognize that individuals have different styles of managing conflict.
Nine of the most common types of problem behaviors on group projects are Free-Riders, Dictators, Closet-Dictators, Do-It-All’s, Procrastinations, Socializers, Poor Students, Quiet Students, and Complainers. As a team, If you can clearly define project Goals and responsibilities and set early deadlines for individual contributions, the team should encounter fewer problems on group project assignments.