All to often, students project teams go through times when team members are upset with each other. Small issues tend to fester until there is a major blow up.
The best way to avoid the team from deteriorating, you should conduct periodic team reviews. These are like the players-only meetings that athletic teams will have to get everyone back on the same track.
Here’s how to conduct team reviews:
- Set aside 15 – 30 minutes every few meetings to conduct a team review.
- Place the following display on a board.
- Ask each team member to give you one plus (+) and one delta (Δ). Pluses represent something that the team does well. Deltas represent things that the team needs to improve upon. Alternate between pluses and deltas.
- Select one or two deltas that the team can improve upon before the next meeting. Discuss these as a team and add these to the list of assignments for the next meeting.
- At the next meeting, review the improvements that have been made.
This is a very simple process that can save a lot of anguish in your project team. It’s also a very good practice to get into for your future career..