Forging new generations of engineers
“When you're part of a team, you stand
up for your teammates. Your loyalty is
to them. You protect them through good
and bad, because they'd do the same
for you.”
- Yogi Berra
What is a Team?
A team is a collection of individuals, each
with his/her own expertise, brought together
to benefit a common goal.
Teams are often comprised of people who
do not know each other and who must work
hard to develop productive working
relationships despite personal differences
and cultural practices.
Benefits of a Team
• Shared workloads
• Chances for leadership and personal
• Sense of belonging to a successful
• Ability to accomplish more than if
work done independently
Developing a Team
Step #1: Have team members come together to
identify the team’s mission.
• What does the team have to do?
• How will the team accomplish the task?
• What information is needed?
• What resources are available?
The Team’s Mission
Developing a Team
Step #2: Have team members establish group
• Develop guidelines, protocols, or rules.
• Establish them by the team through consensus.
• Regulate proper and acceptable behavior by and
between team members.
• Commit to agreement to follow these rules.
“No design decision will be acted on before discussion
with and consensus from all the team members.”
Establishing Group Norms
• Create a list of norms by brainstorming with
• Analyze each norm and discuss its impact on the
team and the overall goal.
• Identify key norms that everyone can come to
consensus on.
• Establish consequences if norms are broken.
Typical Group Norms
• Input from all team members
• Team meeting schedule and project timeline
• Communication protocols
• Conflict resolution protocols
Note: A copy of the established norms must be
provided to each team member.
Developing a Team
Step #3: Identify team members’ strengths and
• Have team members list their individual
talents, skills, and limitations.
• Identify job responsibilities.
• Remember: Each team member’s strengths
are a support mechanism for the other
team member’s/members’ weaknesses.
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