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There is no team in Teemo.

Hi,

So let me start explaining my title. “Teemo” is one of my favorite character from an online game, he does not really contribute well in team fights, but does extremely well when he is solo-ing. In one way you could say that Teemo is me, since I do love taking solo missions, in game and in real life. I also do agree on the “you are the most creative, when you are alone” part, I noticed that after switching between working alone and in team.   

Anyways enough about me, let’s talk about my team for this project. The thumbs-up for our group is that everybody is willing to contribute and work. I think we have a pretty all-rounder team, we respect and listen to each other; I am really happy with that.

The challenge for me is to bring the whole group together and keeping all of them in track. Since you are working as a team, teamwork is very important. If one is falling behind, we need to be able to pick him/her up. Another challenge is me, for most of the time I have to high standards and spend too much time on small details. I am trying to cope with this, hence the shorter my blogs become.  

In general, a group of eight is quite big. In my experience my maximum group size was six, and there I already find it hard to communicate with everybody, for we worked in pairs in that group and it was really hard to ask for feedback from the other members, since everybody was busy with their own pair. Though I don’t really feel like we have a lot of problems with that now, mainly thanks to Facebook chat.  

Our group is not only an all-rounder in skills, but also in culture. I still cannot pin-point the impact of different culture in our group. I think most of the attitude comes from one self; like speaking a lot or being a better listener.

Until now we have divided all the task equally and we don’t really have any problems dividing it either. We volunteer on the work we want and so far, no one has complained. If there are any confusions we just ask each other, whether f2f or Facebook.

As mentioned above, I would like to try and keep the group together. Keep on motivating each other and adapt my standards to the whole group. I hope we will end up with great synnergy (synchrony +energy). So far, let’s keep up the good great work!  :D

Love,

Warisra

There really is no team in Teemo.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwUXJe8lam4

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Strawberry Egg

Teamwork makes a dream work

I think the best way to introduce this weeks blog prompt is to start with a quote of Henry Ford, which describes the success of teamwork.

'Coming together is a beginning.

Keeping together is a progress.

Working together is success. ‘

In the previous 5 weeks we were ‘forced’ to work in several groups with randomly picked group members together. The start was never easy, because we didn’t knew each other well and on top of that was this big cultural difference between all of us. But after a while i started to understand what the idea behind these groupworks is. It is the best way to experience new, challenging situations and get to know each other better. I guess without these groupworks i wouldn’t have had the chance to talk to all of the colleagues i worked with. We experienced different kinds of teamwork and group sizes, from groups of 2 to groups of 12. It is about getting the best out of your group by pulling together.

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Especiallyin the groups formed for Project Community, cooperation and collaboration are main impacts. We are a rather big group of 7 people with 6 different nationalities and in addition the group consists of 6 girls and one boy. I couldn’t even imagine a better mixed up group than ours, but i really enjoy working together with them. Each of us is very enthusiastic and willing to work, and that motivates me. We can laugh and have fun together but in the same time also work intensively together. We are aware of each other and always helpful. We get along in spite of the size of our group. What is the theme of Week 5 - Group size.

Since we spend so much time together in meetings, we intensify our work and become more and more one strong chain instead of single pieces. What works really well in our team is that we listen to each other carefully and respond. Everyone brings his own ideas and insights and we try to gain the best result out of it. Though sometimes it’s just a mess, when we’re exhausted or hungry, but we still can pull ourselves together and motivate each other. 

Actually I never thought about the impact of culture in a group because totally forget about the nationality of my group members when we are together, because we talk in a universal language. I am an open-minded person and vey curious about other cultures and their habits, thats why I really appreciate these differences between us. 

Though I can see a good development from meeting to meeting, we still can improve as a team. In the future I will try to focus deeply on our project and prepare myself before we meet to get sure, we can quickly start working and reflecting. It’s not about finishing your individual given assignment, moreover it is about helping each other whenever and wherever we can, because…

'If you want to go fast, go alone.
 If you want to go far, go together.’

(-african proverb)

At the very end I want to share this advertise with you, which shows how teamwork can lead you to success. 

The Power of Teamwork

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Aureole

We are one

When we were collected as a team in the introduction week, we did not know this is a group that will working together through the whole term, but we shows our teamwork ability in the first week, I still remember we running to got or change ball to made our necklace, we were the first group that finished all the games in the afternoon. As a team leader, Anne keeping her organizing ability until now, and Miriam just like a second leader, she is very smart and she contribute a lot.

In the beginning we confused a little, sometimes we done some works but we don’t know what next step is, we communicated with our tutor Janneke, she point us a lot, for example, what are the other group process and how they work, she give us a lot of suggestions. Now we are better, we know what we should do now; we divided different tasks to 7 group member, when everyone finished their work, post on Facebook group. I have to say that our Facebook group is very useful; actually I did not know any others phone number but we connect with each other very well, in that group, we can exchange ideas, documents, and websites and discuss.

We came from different countries, The Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Russia and China, we respect our diversity cultural, and we often talk about our cultural, something is very different and new for other member. We get along very pleasant, I think that a reason we do our work more and more well. I believe that is a good environment to improve my English, some time I cannot organize my idea as languages, but I can write down and show to others, I really want to contribute our group.

In the upcoming weeks, I believe that we could more efficient because we understand what the most efficient way of teamwork is, clear division of work. Maybe 7 group members are not the most efficient size, but we have more idea, we sharing a same work that are easier than less members. My suggestion to our group is preview the next week syllabus before new week coming, then we know what we will do in advanced and we could prepare in advanced, I really want to start study video editing, but firstly we need to come up with creative idea and the content of the video.

 

I felt really luck to be a member of group 1, we are solidarity.

See you tomorrow.

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Jianyi Wang :)

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success” Henry Ford

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As I noted in my first week’s blog post, by the time I’ve started Project communities course I already had 2 years experience of working with around 10 people for a start up company. Right before I got here I’ve analyzed my experience and thought I’d love to start all over again. And one of my main insights was: how come we didn’t become a team so far.

To my surprise the whole introduction week was about team work and I thought THIS TIME it’s gonna be nice and smooth. And it didn’t work again ;).

Last week was rather chaotic and made me feel upset. The question was: why again? I didn’t really know what to do, was not sure if I should talk to other team members, will they understand what I mean, do I feel right myself. But finally decided to give it a try. At first, I talked to people from other teams and found out that our problems were not unique. So I asked my team what their thoughts were and realized they were similar to mine: we all felt kind of stuck. That encouraged me to look deeper into the problem. My final assumption was: we lost motivation because we couldn’t see the connection between our weekly assignments and our final project. In our spidergram some weeks before we evaluated “Project” as the most important part of our teamwork and it seemed that we didn’t move a step towards it. But after we dived deeper into it we found the connections we were missing and the dynamics of our group work started to change.

This Monday was a very productive one and we came up with a nice plan as well as got some significant insights. Here are my personal favorites:

1. it’s a good idea to divide a team into smaller ‘project groups’ of 2-3-4 so that everyone can stay focuced on the task 
2. Uneven number adds creativity while even helps to come up with final descisions
3. Aligning information keeps everyone in the same context
4. Visualizing it helps aligning a lot
5. Taking responsibility and understanding of interdependences makes all the things look different

And the most important one:           

"It takes some work to make it work" (Jason Mraz “Life is wonderful” my favorite song for this autumn) or never underestimate organizational part of the process :).

Have a nice eve!

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Mairya's intercultural puzzle

We = Power

Frustration. That is definitely a word to describe some of the team work that we have been doing in Project Community. I have realized that I generally like working independently rather than in groups as you do not have to take other people’s opinion in mind. You can go through a much easier process without all the complicated organizing, selecting and collaborating. In groups you will most likely have contrasting ideas or a hard time accepting other people’s ideas.  Working in teams can therefore be very frustrating. 

HOWEVER, independent work might be easier, but in groups you will definitely have more fun, encouragement and support. Like I said in the last blog post about crowdsourcing is that a group of people will have greater amount of knowledge than one alone. You can work more efficiently by dividing the work up, use each other’s individual skills and come up with better ideas as we are a diverse group of people. 

So far in the project I feel that I work the best when I have someone that I can juggle my ideas with rather than with a whole group. I think that if the group is too big it can limit the creativity. This is something that I have felt specifically for this project. I think that I have sometimes been too focused on the overall good of the team and to fit in with the other members rather than pitching in with my individual ideas. This was especially happening in the beginning of the project when we didn’t know each other very well and were unsure of what we were actually doing. And so here the impact of GROUP SIZE comes in. I hadn’t really thought much about this subject before this week but it really did make sense what Chris Corrigan said in the video. That if working in a rather big group (9 people) it is much easier to break up in smaller groups and so create more “edges”. This way enabling more diversity and more solutions!  

Culture is another challenge. Each and every one of use come from very different cultures, speak different languages etc. Only three people in the group are native English speakers. This is something that we spoke about last week. As English is a universal language, the English native speakers have a huge advantage. For me this have always made me very envious as I can’t express myself exactly as I would do in Swedish. Although, the point is that we brought this topic up, we spoke about it and could come to a realization that many of us felt the same way, whereas the English native speakers had never thought of it that way before. This was definitely a part of breaking some of the culture and language barriers. So communication is KEY here.

One thing that I will do differently in the coming weeks to improve my experience and the group’s work is: to be more open with my concerns, approach someone straight away rather than go and feel frustrated about it. 

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Rebecka's Creations 2.0

Groups – week 5

This week on our Project Community class we learned about group sizes, not as interesting to me as the other subjects we’ve had in the the past weeks but I see where this came from. As we all know, it’s very hard to work in groups, specially if you don’t really know the people in the group very well, not only that but if you are working with friends it can be even harder to work along, as we in Projcomm work in groups of 6 or 7 people we can tell you by experience that it’s awesome but also very difficult sometimes as well.

As Chris Corrigan said in our class video, when working in big groups, our ideas may crash with ideas coming from other team mates, this applies to any circumstance, If you divide the group (1 edge) in smaller groups (more  edges) the main problem will be worked in a much more efficient way because it will be divided, maybe you don’t agree with EVERYONE but that someone that you don’t agree with may agree with someone else, since you only brainstorm with a small amount of people, the ideas flow much easier, and then at the end you match your small groups’ideas and work on the solved problem as a whole group again.

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Our Group does pretty much every thing together, yes 7 people work together, and it works very well, well not ALL the time but most of the times. When the group has problems you just have to discuss them, and since we assign tasks to everyone we don’t crash our ideas, each one does their own work and when it’s time to come together we see if it fits or if something needs to be changed, the final decisions are made as a whole just as Chris said, but yes, SOMEtimes we know it’s best to divide the groups and we do that and it works perfectly as well but we as a group get along just fine even being from different places, Russia, Brazil, Germany, China or The Netherlands and having different cultures, as Antonina from my group said in her blog post “we like to discuss in breaktime our differences. For example, yesterday we were talking about food in different countries. We talk on a universal language, which everybody knows.”.I totally agree with that our group may take a while to get somewhere but we get there and we do what we have to do and it works, being and whole group or separating us in smaller groups, we just need more communication and quick thinking, aside from that I don’t think our group needs major improvement, I think and the rest of my group will agree, we do some pretty good work together and we have fun with it.

A big thanks to my group

and see you next week

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: NoBeardMarcelo

WORKING GROUPS

WEEK 5


Today we coped with the topic GROUPWORK.

It is important that groups organize themselves, which includes the arrangement and distribution of roles and responsibilities. We went through some chaotic period which (as Nancy mentioned) did it’s good job, as we understood the importance of being organized. One of the most important ideas we got is that we should visualize and align all the information we have.

We were really inspired by the video of Chris Corrigan, who explained us that the number of members a group consists of has a huge impact on how creative and efficient a group can work.We want to apply this information to our group now, try out different kinds of components and arrangements.
Moreover, we want our group to serve as a “model “, so we can use this information and our personal impressions and insights to pass them to our NGO.

INDIVIDUAL WORK / GENERATING IDEAS

We have the opinion, that for now, it is of big importance to try and gather all our group internal insights, conclusions and ideas into something readable (something the whole gruop benefits of), so we decided to work with different folders on trello.
So, for our idea generation, everybody can individualy post hers/his ideas and afterwards we have the possibility to assemble and connect our thoughts.

TEAM WORK ( 3 people )


In our smaller groups, we arranged that, generally, two of us should be discussing and one of us should take notes, so we dont loose or overlook any thoughts or insights. Afterwards, we want to discuss this in the whole group. We plan to show interdependances so that every one realizes the importance of his/her role.

OUR WORKING PLAN :

That’s it for now.

Thanks and have a nice evening.

GROUP 4

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