Collaboration and Team Dynamics
Team communication is important for teams, and communication is needed if the team wants to be successful. For effective dynamics, a team must communicate because this process is crucial for a healthy and effective team. There are several frustrations, misunderstandings, and questions that are addressed with the proper team communication. Team communication has been defined as the information shared in such a way that it shares more than team communication; it shares the significance of a healthy and thriving team (Papa, 2013). Overall, the significance, the function, the effects, and the considerations of team communication should be understood among the team to understand how effective communication operates, and this also helps the team have effective communication. This paper will address how the team collaboration will add value to achieving success in the development of academic projects.
Collaboration as a team is important to have team assignments completed correctly in an orderly fashion and on time. Next, the paper will discuss key communication skills that foster effective learning teams. Key communication skills that foster effective learning teams include tasking, organization, time management, and team member roles. The fact that teams are to stay organized and on-time, it is important that the team layout key communication skills and roles to help the team be successful in their projects. With these communication skills the paper will examine major pitfalls or risks that could affect the success of learning teams. This includes the problems the team could or may face as a whole. In the end, the paper will explain how the learning team charter can serve as a tool to formalize team activities and protocols while contributing to team success.
Team Collaboration in Team Projects
Team collaboration consists of students working together as a team to complete a project. When working with a team it is a must to have communication between the team members. By communicating everyone should be on the same page. Completing the task at hand and everyone on the same page adds value to achieving success for the project. Understanding the team does not consist of one person completing all the work, it is unfair and unethical for one person to complete the task, while the other team members sit back and not contribute, yet receive a good grade for doing nothing. Collaboration within a team help to create an environments in which students can learn, share, and provide their experience based on their practical knowledge that comes from their life and work experience (Dunn, 2012). As a team we all bring different assets to the group. That makes the team powerful; if one team member does not understand or is stumped with a topic, another team member can assist and provide help with the topic.
That also adds success to the team, teamwork is a must. There may be conflict with the team but wanting to succeed on the project, as a team we will need to deal with the conflict and continue on with the task at hand. Dealing with conflict in a professional manner shows growth with will also show success within the project. Key Communication Skills that Foster Effective Learning Teams Team communication skills that foster effective learning teams are important. The team should identify the team communication because it is one of the most important elements of a successful team (Wakeling, 2013). Key communication skills that will help build an effective learning team includes honest communication, idea sharing, team objectives, regular team meetings, all team members contact information, listening to all thoughts and opinions, and leading by example are all important to team communication. When the team breaks this information down, it can be understood why these team skills are important (Wakeling, 2013). Honest communication helps develop an open line of communication among the team members, and it will allow everyone within the team to build trust among each other.
Next, sharing ideas is important as well. The team should allow everyone to provide input before, during, and after team assignments. This helps understand and show the skills that each member brings to the table. Understanding each member and how they learn is important for a team to be successful and in learning the skills of each member helps provide a higher collaboration rate. Next, team objectives are important because it builds efficiency, better ideas, morale, and talent collaboration among the team members (Kokemuller, 2013). The objectives of the team help to build the team, because the efficiency of the team is the first concern of teams. According to Kokemuller (2013), efficiency is often contrary to other objectives that are related to results. Better ideas help the team improve on knowledge, and they show what they know. Morale is the social interaction among the members in the team, and the team should have an objective to know why each person is there, and to give each member a sense of where they belong within the team. Lastly, team communication needs collaboration, and each member has a talent that they can bring to the team.
Examples of talent collaboration includes; writing well, reading well, understanding, listening, and sharing. These examples help to show how well the team can put together different projects. In the end, to effectively foster team communication it is important for the team to include team objectives. Major Pitfalls or Risks that Foster Effective Learning Teams A major risk that can affect the success of a learning team is, trusting the team members to do their individual share in putting together an assignment. When everyone does not do their part, it affects the entire team, adding more work for the other team members. On top of that, usually the one who has slacked off will receive the same grade as the other members who have worked hard to receive that grade. This does not seem quite fair in my personal opinion. There are also risks of there being a conflict between two or more of the team members when it comes to how a project is to be completed. The problem lies in how those members handle that conflict. There may be a lack of communication or anger issues throughout the communication that does exist. Everything we do needs to be done in a constructive manner instead of in a destructive manner.
When you see that the situation is leaning more in a destructive manner, you should just walk away from the situation, collect your thoughts, and then calmly return to the problem at hand. There is always a risk that things cannot be resolved. When this happens we have to simply compromise. According to Porter (2003), “Generally, when people compromise it is to accept a middle ground position, i.e., one in which each person gives up something for the sake of agreement” (p. 4). Another pitfall or risk could be that a team member could become ill or have a family emergency (i.e., a death in the family) which could prevent them from completing their part of the assignment. We, as a team, would need to be prepared to step up to the plate and do more work than we were initially planning on. This is a big reason for not procrastinating. The sooner a member gets their project completed, the easier it will be to take on more responsibility if needed. Team members need to be able to rely on each other should there be a crisis. In this case, the team probably wouldn’t mind sharing a “good” grade, whereas they would mind if the member who needs help has just been riding on everyone else’s coat tails.
Learning Team Charter Serving as a Tool for Team Success
The Learning team charter can serve as a tool to formalize team activities, protocols, while contributing to team success. To achieve this success each member must provide their general expectations, expectations for time management and conflict resolution. First, the work of the team needs to be clearly defined. Setting expectations requires planning. It is important that all team members clarify her role and how she will support the team’s work. The more time each member invests on the front end, the more effective the team will be. Another component of setting expectations requires effective communication skills and goals. Once goals support key initiatives and are aligned with the team members strategic goals, they have a lot of control to direct work almost effortlessly. Time management within the team is important because it helps with answering questions within the team and guiding each member on when everyone will be online or offline. With time being part of a learning team charter, the team members have to modify and adjust to a time schedule, because not all individuals are on the same time schedule.
Team collaboration is effective if the team has a time management plan set in place, this information needs to be set so that team members can easily communicate throughout their time in the team. For effective team time management, communication means that there should be exchange of information. Conflict within a team can be a problem because of the assumption given by all the members of the team. When something like this takes place, conflict can give the wrong impression on the team and each individual differently. The members of the team will start making assumptions, and now the team will have to call a meeting because they have to settle the issue and reach an agreement. Learning teams will have conflict on and off, and some teams never have a problem. But, for the each earning team, the learning team charter is a way for the team to communicate differences, disagreements, settling disputes, and how to accomplish all tasks set by the instructor. The Learning Team Charter is a lifeline for the team, and this lifeline saves the team during hardship and disagreements.
This paper has discussed the importance of learning team collaboration and team dynamics. The paper explains how team collaboration adds value to achieving success in the development of academic projects. Collaboration adds value, and brings a significant amount of success to the projects the team addresses. Team communication such as regular meetings, team ideas, and other team collaboration helps to bring a team project together. Communication can be the difference in success and failure, and most teams would like to succeed compared to failing. The next topic discussed is the major pitfall the team can take if collaboration is not successful. Finally, the paper ends in explaining how the Learning Team Charter serves as a tool to formalize the team with activities and protocols. This information helps the team become successful from start to finish. In the end, the paper has explained how important team collaboration and team dynamics are important to team success.