Hello hello, welkom to my another weekly blog. The topic for today is a Teamwork, and I focus particularly on our project group.
Our group was created by a random selection of people that did not know one another’s personalities, back round, qualities, nor education. I think that is not exactly what you would do for your professional carrier. But nevertheless, we were given a challenge we have to do to finish the project. However, there was another type of challenge, which was putting our team together to make it one productive whole. The first mistake we made was that we started too generally, I mean, nobody was really responsible for anything particular, and therefore there was not much work done.
I did not see any problems relating the cultural or educational back round, however, I think that there was, and still is a problem with the size of the group. Yes, in my opinion, for this kind of project it is too big. Why do I think that is a problem? Well, I see whole bunch of problems; communication, task dividing, leadership, meetings, participation etc etc. But the main problem is I think the task dividing, because when you have many people in the group, you try to give them all more or less the same amount of work, however, when there is not much work to do for everybody, they cannot really get into the task, they just will not have the space to get there, in my opinion.
But despite all that, I think we managed it well enough so we can see some progress in the project, and in our collaboration. In order to employ everyone in the group, we split the four “hat” into smaller groups of two and I think that did make some difference, a positive one. I believe that when the task is clearly divided the result will come sooner and will be better, because that is the time when everybody can contribute in the work in his or her best possible way. There comes the question about team-leader, because his job should be also dividing the task. However, I have been working on some project when there was nobody in a position of leader, and I worked unbelievably well, but that is probably only in a perfect world where every member of a group is equally motivated and willing to put his best into work. If the circumstances are not like that, I think there is a leader needed, not to teach everybody, only to involve everybody.
But I can just say that our team is working just well, but everything can always get better.