Teams and more Teams

(Disclaimer: I feel that I should mention that this blog is purely analytical; I do not harbour any resentment or other negative feelings to any of my team members. I trust that everyone tried their best and that’s good enough for me; even if that isn’t reflected in the rest of this blog.)

To date, I feel that our team has been reasonably effective, though there is room for improvement. We work well together and build off of each other but our time management coordination has been a bit below optimal. We also faced the issue of a few team members being either unable or unwilling to participate.
While these problems keep us from being a particularly effective or great team, those members who were actively part of our team were able to pull through and accomplish our goals. As such I would not say that our team is ineffective as we still completed the tasks that were set out for us.
We overcame these problems by clearly communicating with each other and re-delegating the workload to the more active team members. I myself am guilty of missing the first of our meetings in which we wrote our report. To help make up for this, I went through the entirety of what had already been written, checking for errors and potential areas of improvement. I continued to do this right up until we declared our report to be finished.

If every member of our team was motivated and dedicated, continued communicating and delegating effectively and if we improved on our team’s collective time management; then I believe that we would be a great team.

Having an effective and efficient team is always important, whether it be in our current COM502 class, our overall certificate, diploma or degree, as well as any potential future employment.
Completing any task in a timely fashion (on time or earlier), while keeping the work to the highest standard possible (within the giving time), is crucial to what makes a team effective and efficient.
In the current COM502 class and overall programme, how well or poorly a team performs will reflect on how they are graded. In future employment, worst case, someone loses their job or doesn’t get the job in the first place. Being a good team player is very important to being an effective team, and being an effective team is very important in the industry of today. As such it’s also very important in COM502 as well as the overall programme/s, since they are designed to prepare and educate you for the industry.

By Frank Schulz – 24/05/2020

Team Bonding

My team participated in both the “Bamboo Stick” and “Blindfold” activities. In both cases I believe that communication between us was effective. Before starting each task we had a meeting and discussed how we would approach the given task, assigning roles, etc.

The first of our chosen activities was the Bamboo Stick activity. For this activity, a bamboo stick must be lowered to the ground using the backs of our hands, requiring the group to co-ordinate their movements.
My first thought was that the hardest part would be to balance the stick on the backs of our hands while moving down. After a bit of thought, I realised that we could hold our hands together (knuckles touching as per the rules) angled down to form a V-shape.
I suggested this to the group and we decided to go with it. Using this method balancing the stick was completely negated and all we had to do then was lower the stick to the ground.
The only difficultly beyond this point was lowering it to the ground equally, but not so much that it was a problem.

I believe that prior planning greatly contributed to the success to this task. We all stuck our heads together and worked out a way in which we could complete the task.

With the blindfold activity, prior planning was not as useful to the extent that the bamboo stick activity was.
Still we planned what we could; this consisted mostly of who would wear the blindfold and where we would start and finish (Cafe/SANITI entrance).
As the classroom we were in was on the third story we decided that for health and safety reasons would start the exercise on the ground floor.
From there the blindfold was equipped and we meandered off.

We hadn’t even gone halfway through the car park when my brain flipped from saying “This is going well” to “This is going, too, well”. At which point I thought I’d quickly run a small bit of interference by giving a couple of misleading directions. (Clearly I was not the one with the blindfold.) This was found out quickly enough by the second member of our team (of three) without a blindfold. They, and the blindfolded one, quickly removed this interference by considering my directions invalid.
They dealt with the interference quickly and effectively, in order to insure the successful completion of the activity. Doing so by using effective communication amongst each other and determining what lines of communication were valid.

After this I switched back to working towards the success of the activity. The rest went so well that we even went right passed the cafe/SANITI entrance, and stopped in front of the library before heading back.

By Frank Schulz – 15/05/2020