Work in Teams

With these tips you can be a successful member of your team by using leadership, communication, and conflict resolution skills.

Purpose

Become familiar with the following aspects of teamwork:

  • Team contracts
  • Timelines
  • Assigning roles
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Tools for teamwork

 

Team Contracts

Creating a team contract can be very useful for working in teams and maintaining a good working relationship in the team.  Things to include:

  • Roles of team members
  • Social expectations
  • Timeline of work
  • Frequency of communication and meetings
  • Conflict resolution guidelines

With the creation of a contract, each team member will agree to abide by the contract to become a member. The contract should be clear and understood by all members so that it can be referred to if conflict arises.

Team contract example: Learning Team Operating Agreement [Word document]

Teamwork review: Learning Team After-Action-Review [Word document]

Learn more about group contracts here: Team contracts at Harvard Business Review

 

Tools for Teamwork

When working in groups, schedules and geography can be a barrier to completing work in a timely manner.

The following is a list of tools found on the Academic Technology page of the library website. This list can help facilitate group collaboration:  Tools for Teaching and Learning

For creating presentations as a group consider these tools:

Google Drive

  • Free (with a gmail account)
  • Can be used to create presentations, spreadsheets, documents, etc.
  • Editing and comments can be added by all invited members

Prezi

  • Free
  • Innovative presentations
  • Editing and creating by all members simultaneously

 

More Information About Teams

General resources on teamwork:

 Researching teamwork (example in Business Source Complete):