Working in Groups/Teams

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Groups/Teams Implication Paper

When it comes to working in groups, I wouldn’t say that would be my first choice. In my past experiences in working in groups there haven’t been very many pros to doing so. I will say however that working in groups gives you the opportunity to learn a person’s work habits and behavior (whether good or bad). It also gives you the opportunity to learn more about that person(s) as an individual.

From my experiences there have been several cons to come out of working in a group. Although we ended up with a good grade on the project, the waiting on other’s material, trying to get everyone to meet at the same time, etc. was very nerve racking. It’s very difficult to work in a group where the mindset of each individual is different. The care and concern for the course and/or project is not the same for each individual. Not to mention if there are negative personal feelings among some or all of the group members. These are some of the issues I’ve found myself to be faced with in the past when working in a group. All it takes is that “one” person to affect the outcome of the entire group.

I believe that smaller groups work better than larger groups. I’ve had the opportunity to work in both and things were much smoother and easier with the small group. Small groups of two or three are easier to have meetings with whether it be face to face, telephone or virtual (i.e. Skype). The work load may be heavier however with a smaller group it’s easier for everyone to pull together to assist one another. With larger groups, four or more, time becomes a factor of when everyone can meet. Information may not be communicated correctly or completely if given to a few of the members here or there. The review time before submitting the final project may be affected because you have to wait for everyone to submit their part and depending on what other things they may have going on it might prevent them from doing so in a timely fashion (or as fast as...
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