Team Evaluations: Methodology

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Team evaluations: Methodology While 'team-based learning' has become an all-important buzzword in today's business lexicon, to maximize the efficacy of work teams, it is essential that teams are evaluated in a comprehensive manner, so that their strengths can be emphasized and their weaknesses can be dealt with in a timely fashion. First and foremost, teams must be goal-focused. Evaluating teams based upon their deliverables and core functions is the first component of team evaluation: did the team deliver what it was supposed to deliver? Was the project executed on time? Was it on-budget? What unplanned circumstances, changes and roadblocks occurred? If these could not be prevented or predicted, the team's ability to respond to them should be evaluated. It is more difficult to evaluate a team based upon intangible aspects such as communication and leadership efficacy, but these measures are also required to ensure the team functions well in the future, or to inform the creation of a new team. A team should be evaluated both as a whole, as it functions as a structure in a holistic manner, and also individually. Even if leadership was disbursed amongst team members relatively equally, group feedback is required since a team is ultimately larger than the sum of its parts, but individual performance measures ensures better accountability as well as fairness. When assessing potential changes, the size, frequency of meetings, and levels of responsibility of members should all
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