Working in Teams and Project Management Frameworks

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1. As a small group of people with complementary skills, it was our purpose to define roles, share talent and leadership for the achievement of our tasks. Defining the roles and understanding each role responsibility is an essential first step, vital to the project efficiency and success. Following Tuckman, who theorizes the 5 phases of team development – forming, storming, norming and performing, necessary for the team to grow, we faced up challenges. In the first stage of team building the forming took place. According to the short duration of the project– only four weeks, and inexperienced members, the roles were hardly defined. In this phase team members still behaved independently and it was most important for us to get to know each other, exchange some personal information and make friends. In the next stage – Storming, we were involved in discussion meeting the tasks we need to solve and define roles. In our case Storming phase was resolved quickly. The team decided who the team leader to be. Typically, there is an obvious “leader”, person who is most outgoing and knowledgeable. Usually this role is maintained for the whole duration of the project, but we found educationally beneficial for leader role to rotate weekly. We found it helpful ensuring balanced participation and allowing team members to learn new leadership skills and to sharpen their team skills. The other defined key role was the Recorder, because capturing information helps the team to stay focused and
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