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Working in a group on the project

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Working in a group on the project Content 1. Introduction 2 2. Working process and group development 2 3. Difficulties and weaknesses 3 4. Challenges and benefits 3 5. Learning style 3 6. Team work 4 7. Conclusion 4 1. Introduction In the APS module, we have been allocated into different groups, and my group number is 48, our tutor is Barbara Allan. The contact numbers of the members were given and we were asked to finish a project on a team basis by using the information we learnt in this module. 2. Working process and group development Initially I was really excited about this group work. As a foreigner, this was a good opportunity to practice my communication skills and group working skills. Consequently, I tried to contact our members by sending text messages and arranged the first informal meeting by the following week. Bass and Ryterband indicated that as "initial development of trust and membership" (Martin, J, 2002, P.191): when people meet up at first time, they always try to build trust and confidence to each other in order to prepare for the future work. ...read more.

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Even some of our members I just met just once. Therefore, we needed to rearrange our meetings again and again. It can be identified as Belbin's description (Martin, J, 2002, P.237): people do not have enough morale. This inspires me that in real business team, e.g., hi-tech research and development team, the most important thing is to bring people together. This is exactly what a project manager do. Everyone can program, but only a qulified manager can bring team players together, inspire them, and encourage them. This is also the purpose of the course I'm taking - to understand and be qulified for business management. In addition, some members could not hand in their research on time, so the whole report was finished very late and we did not have enough time to do the PowerPoint and website well. As mentioned by Laurie J Mullins "certain tasks can be performed only through the combined efforts of a number of individuals working together". (Laurie J Mullins, 2002, P.470) What is more, some members were shy and embarrassed to speak out their opinion. ...read more.

Conclusion

(Laurie J Mullins, 2002, P.490) I think we did great in this case. Most of us was really motivated and made many contributions. We used face-to-face communication method, because it was easier to get instant feedback and we could carry out a discussion after that. During the discussion, we usually use "Y" or chain network (Martin J, 2002, P.208). As I mentioned before, some members dominated my group. In addition, it was very difficult to arrange the time for meeting, so we used Email instead. We needed to send our research to the secretary, and she completed the whole report. 7. Conclusion I think our group did not perform very well, although we finished the project and worked as a group. In the future group work I think I will become more activity. Hopefully, I can be braver to explain my own opinion and more tending to communicate with others. The key areas for future improvement would be clearer definition of targets and objectives and time management to ensure that we can reach a higher standard of group work. ...read more.

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