After participating to the residential workshop, we have learnt a few management knowledge and skills throughout the engineering management practice. These knowledge and skills are useful for our future life as they are training up our confidence and attitude. Other than the knowledge and skills for individual, for the whole team operation, cooperation and communication of each of us were trained in the workshop as well. We needed to suggest, discuss and improve the solutions for each activity. For each activity, we needed to make the decision and complete the task in a limited time. We needed to do the job allocation and organization ourselves. In addition, there were two aspects we had newly learnt in the workshop. They were to read the instruction carefully and respect the rules. These two skills really need in the workplace. Finally, the most important is the workshop provides a chance for us to know each of our teammates.
Overall group performance analysis
After playing all activities through the residential workshop, we found that our team did not have a real leader. To manage our team, we tried to choose different leader in different task. Although we had many discussions, we were still unfamiliar with each other because the workshop was just two days long. Since each of us had different abilities and different tasks needed to be solved by different abilities, we tried to select the most suitable members to be the leader of different tasks. This method helped us to handle the challenges.
For playing each activity, firstly, we discussed the instruction and a “volunteer” suggested his or her own ideas and these ideas would be approved by others. If the idea got approval, the “volunteer” would be the leader of that game. Otherwise, the other members would suggest another better idea and did the same approach. If there were two ideas come out, we used the voting method to decide that which idea would be...
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