Essay Analysis of Group Work

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Analysis of Group Work

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
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Then I understood it was extremely difficult to get my task finished without any clear target. Therefore, I chose "9/11"event as my topic and I found it was easier for me to do the research again. Secondly, I had also read newspapers and try to find some more information relevant.

3. Difficulties and weaknesses ==============================

During the process, we also had many problems and difficulties. For example it was difficult to gather all the group members, the whole team lacked the ability to sit down and plan together efficiently. Especially, it was very difficult to set up the meeting time, because some people in the group did not always show up in the regular meetings. 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
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