Week 3: Group Work and Teams

This week’s readings concentrated on group and team work and the benefits and problems associated with both. I found that the text-book gave me the best grounding in both the advantages and pitfalls of working in a group.  The amount of group work that we have been given as a part of this programme was extremely daunting and I am glad that I now have a greater idea of the concepts involved in group work as I feel it will serve me well in my various projects this semester.

I found the concept of groupthink particularly interesting as I had been worried about a situation where everyone would be struggling to be heard and that this would result in conflicts within the various groups. Now that I know that there is an equally dangerous extreme I feel a I have a greater understanding of what we, as a group, need to avoid.

I am glad that all of our readings clarified a difference between teams and groups. I have had to work as part of a team in several of my old jobs where being a part of a team was a means of indoctrinating you into the company mindset. As a result of this I am not hugely fond of the term and everything that goes with it.

Both the text-book and moon focused heavily on the individual within the group. I felt that both had some interesting and worthwhile points to consider. I found myself increasingly preoccupied with what type of group member I am as I progressed in the reading. I think that maybe that means that I may be one of the self obsessed ones. This combined with our VARK test means that I have spent a substantial amount of time contemplating my personality this week. According to the test I fall very firmly into the aural category. I have come to the conclusion that working in a group would be excellent for me if I find myself struggling with my course work as I will have people to discuss it with. I will however need to figure out my strengths so that I can add to the group without feeling the need to be in control.

I have not really touched on the main ideas in the other articles. That is because they deal mainly with teamwork and I am more largely concerned with group work at the moment. I will, however, say that Vandeveer makes some interesting observations which I intend to keep in mind as I work within my various project groups. Although I have zero intention of encouraging us to make t-shirts or the like. I find that far too cheesy and too similar to the company indoctrination which I have already mentioned.

In conclusion, this weeks reading has given me a lot to think about in relation to group and team work, most of which was extremely helpful. In the weeks to come I can imagine myself returning to these articles as I try to figure out where I am going right and wrong within my projects.