Team Alpha Team Report

Team Alpha established itself early in the assignment process. Team members brought different perspectives and styles to the team. This was recognized and the contributions of all team members were treated with consideration and respect. It was a great group in terms of inclusion and good manners.

Team Alpha produced the assignment through the use of online collaboration platforms and weekly team meetings. Roles and tasks were established early and through team collaboration in the team meetings. All decisions were made collaboratively, mostly in the weekly team meetings or via discussion points in the online collaboration systems. The team Journal documents the thoughts of group members through this assignment, while the Responsibilities page outlines the breakdown of roles within the team.

Not all members were present initially with some late comers to the group in terms of contribution and presence in meetings. Other members dropped off in their participation in the collaboration platforms and team meetings later on. Efforts to contact those members were made through multiple means by other team members. These varying levels of contribution caused some concern to those who were more fully engaged as there was a theme of achievement within the team from the outset.

The majority of team members in team Alpha showed a level of enthusiasm and there were not any outright conflicts between team members in any communications posted in any of the team collaboration platforms. The team journal and minutes of team meetings also reflect the strong level of willingness to participate in co-operation within the team. Even through disagreement on the thesis, resulting in a late change of assigned producer of key sections of the assignment, the group re-organised itself to meet the deadline and criteria, while the disagreeing member took on other tasks to continue to contribute equally. Some members provided consistent contribution which formed a backbone to the process for those who were less consistent.

A common point of consternation and concern for the team was how to get things done with members in diverse locations (all over Australia plus one member in Italy), different time zones and without meeting face to face. Several technology platforms were ultimately used, including Facebook, Wiggio and Wikidot. Attempting to produce a collaborative piece of work in a virtual space was a new experience for many of the team members. Frustration was felt at a lack of cohesion and there was a sense of confusion about how we were going to get things done.

The collaboration platforms caused some issues for the team, particularly when Wiggio was affected by natural disaster and went offline for a period of two to three days. Communication was dispersed across the three sites plus Skype, which in later weeks became the venue for team meetings following Wiggio’s issues. The journal demonstrates that many found it difficult to catch up with what decisions had been made and group progress across these platforms as fragments of information existed in all of them.

The group thesis was not defined until week seven, which meant that the headings and discussions were generalised around eBay up until this point. Despite this, the initiative within the team and the desire to achieve a good result saw another organic process form as members clarified these points based on feedback from the Tutor. Once started, the group came together well to produce the required elements individually but posting on Wikidot once clear tasks and deadlines were set in week 7.

The collaboration platforms partially served the function of decision making, but a clear way to make final decisions was not identified. An informal practice of decision making occurring in team meetings evolved organically and while not a written rule, this is how things were done within the team. This process worked for the completion of the assignment however as the informal approach was adopted by the whole team.

Team Alpha processes evolved organically with some members providing more consistent contribution than others. The team came together during the critical phase and the work was produced as agreed with the contribution of the majority of team members. Those non-contributing members were reasonably consistently absent, therefore the other members of the group picked up the slack. Overall the team’s willingness to participate and desire to achieve a good result underpinned a successful collaboration, despite the discomfort with the virtual collaboration process, demonstrated by the lack of conflict within the group. The final product from Team Alpha was a fully collaborative work with contributions from all members, bar the identified non-participants.

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