Wow. Time flies quite fast, we’re now already in our third week! This week, the students are asked to dive into a “closer to the ground” practices group size and its impact on open and innovative design. Personally, I think that this topic speaks more to me rather than the other topics since it’s related to my group’s theme: Work Team.
So, this is my reflection about this week.
What is working well for you in your group?
The first thing that works well, for me, in the group 3 will be our division of labour. After having read our weekly team activity together, we equally divide the task and also decide the deadline for the final group assignment between us. Usually, we first make some research personally and then share and stabilize our idea with someone who does this research in the same area and finally give the end result of the research to our co-ordinator. (similar to what Chris shared in the week 3 video! :p) Up until now, I think that this method operates well.
Then, the communication is the second thing that makes the functioning of this group runs smoothly. I’m always up-to-date about the task, about other members’ questions, about new tasks, etc. Personally, I think that Facebook is a great tool for communicating between group members BUT not necessarily a good platform since it also provides personal communication between the user, their friends, their family… We slowly believe that this could become more and more distracting and… we finally decided to opt for a new platform called Basecamp! *finger crossing*
The last significant aspect from this group is our group size. In my opinion, this size of group of 5 is the best, every member is reachable and can easily speak up.
As Christopher said in his website:
“In my opinion it is at 5 that the feeling of “team” really starts. At 5 to 8 people, you can have a meeting where everyone can speak out about what the entire group is doing, and everyone feels highly empowered. However, at 9 to 12 people this begins to break down — not enough “attention” is given to everyone and meetings risk becoming either too noisy, too boring, too long, or some combination thereof. Although I’ve been unable to find the source, I’ve heard of some references to a study from the 1950s that says that the optimum size for a committee is 7. Likewise, it’s fairly easy for us to see and agree that a dinner party starts to break down somewhere above 7 or 8 people, as do also tabletop games of both the strategic (I prefer 5) and role-playing varieties (I prefer 7). These size limits can be overcome, but require increased amounts of “grooming”.
What is challenging you?
What is challenging about group work, for me, is the idea of collecting ideas from other people and how to bring those ideas all together to finally come up with single idea that will embody every member’s idea, not merely one’s idea.
What is one thing you might do differently in the coming weeks?
If I have to think about one thing that I may do differently in the coming weeks to improve my experience and group’s work is trying to perfectionize my personal research and to maximize the use of tools that might be helpful to the group work such as Basecamp.
Have a nice week end, Bloggers!