BUS372 Building Teams Assessment Item 1 Answer

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BUS372 - Work Integrated Learning 3
Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences
School of Management and Marketing

Assessment item 1 - Building Teams

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You are expected to use theory and academic references throughout your reflections.Project OpportunitiesWeek 1/2. Create your journal on Interact 2

You will need to reflect on and respond to this series of questions in your journal. This will require weekly postings and these will be marked according to the criteria provided below. You will be expected to use theory and academic references. These may come from any of your past subjects that are suitable. You will also be required to upload documents as instructed.

You need to build a team to complete one of the projects listed below. Your first task is to find suitable team members:
  • Complete the personality profile and the Belbin Team Roles ( see templates provided in module 1);
  • Review the material provided that explains both of these tests;
  • Consider what mix of personalities and roles you require in the team;
  • On the discussion board write about your personal experience (your background and skills) and your results and the type of team member you are looking for (no more than 400 words) Copy this information into your journal as your first post.
  • Based on Belbin's roles I will allocate you into teams of no more than 4.
 Week 3. Once you have established your team spend some time together and  
  • Using the template provided create a team charter. This is important as you will judge each member of the team by this charter. More information will be available on Interact2 to explain this. (Hint: Use performance management theory as well )
  • Select the project that you wish to work on by going to http://business-wpl.com/type/projects/ and selecting a Project ;
  • Develop a project plan that includes an ACI (Accountable and dates, Informed, Consulted). You should use Trello to complete this. 
  • Upload your team charter and a link to your project plan onto your journal with your list of team members, team roles. All members submit the same report.
 Week 5. Who am I and finding my team? (300-500 words) 
  • What did you learn about yourself from the personality profile and the team roles?
  • What implications does this have for you when working in a team?
  • What do you think the biggest strengths you will contribute to the team are? E.g. If you are a Choleric then you will have a ‘Big Picture’ view.
  • Where do you think you will need to work harder to make it work? E.g. If you are a Choleric you may miss the details or be too bossy.
 Week 6. Setting up team expectations (300-500 words) 
  • What negotiation approach did you use for your team charter? ( hint look up negotiation skills and influencing skills)
  • Did you get what you wanted in the charter? Why or why not?
  • What did you do well in the negotiation and where could you improve?
 Week 7. Stages of Team Development (300- 500 words) 
  • Each of your team members should complete the questionnaire (Team Development Stage) looking at what stage of team development you are currently in.
  • What stage did you determine and did your teammates come up with the same or a different answer?
  • What could you do differently to assist the team to move into the performance stage (if it is not already there) If it is in the performance stage what did you do to help this to come about? ( hint Used Tuckman’s theory here )
 Week 9. Leadership within the team (300- 400 words) 
  • What style of leadership have you exhibited in the team? ( Hint: Use leadership theories here )
  • What styles have the other team members exhibited?
  • How effective has this leadership been and what could you do to enhance your approach.
 Week 10. Managing Conflict (300-400 words) 
  • Complete the questionnaire about conflict resolution styles. What does this tell you about how you deal with conflict?
  • Has the team experienced any conflict? ( this might just be someone missing a deadline)
  • How has the team dealt with this conflict? ( Hint: look at conflict resolution theory )
  • Discuss your results with the team – what did you learn from this discussion and what actions might you take now you have this understanding?
 Week 11. Team Synergy (300-400 words) 
  • Redo the team stages questionnaire. Discuss as a team. Reflection on that discussion. Do you believe you have moved the team into the performance stage of Tuckman’s Model? Is the result different to the one you did earlier? Why or why not?
  • Complete the exercise ‘Lost at Sea’ with your team
  • Did the team get a higher score than all the individual scores? If so why? What process did you use to make this happen? If not – why not? What didn’t happen so that synergy could be achieved?
 Week 12. Final reflection (500- 700 words) 
  • Write a reflection that summarises your experience of working in this team. Look at the things that worked well and the things that did not work so well.
  • What would you have done differently if you could have improved the process?
  • What skills have you developed throughout this process? (Hint: think about things like active listening, negotiation, problem-solving, influence, accountability etc.)
  • How does this improve your employability skills and career prospects?
 Week 13. Present your project to the class using either the ‘So What Matrix’ or the ‘Five point Outline’ (Hint see interact presentations) This should be no more than 10 minutes and have a minimal number of PowerPoint slides but be focused on skills and ingenuity of the team to get the point across.
  • be able to critically reflect on and evaluate the application of theory in a workplace setting.
  • be able to evaluate personal development across a range of professional practice skills.
This task simulates a real-world experience of developing and managing a team to produce an output. The aim is for you to develop your self-awareness and an understanding of your effectiveness in working in teams. Many team assessments are done at University for this reason but generally the focus of the assessment is the outcome. I.e. the report or output of the project. Here we are assessing the process rather than the output. This is about your self-reflection and self-development as you work through the stages of team development. 
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