Describe one skill you have developed that will be useful for your future
The most valuable skill I have learnt so far in our project is that of
working in a team. This mainly involved learning about how others worked
well together and understanding the extent of my own and others abilities.
Through achieving this I was able to convey to the other team members my
capabilities and abilities and was hence able to apply my self to the tasks
assigned to me. However, throughout the course of the semester I became
more confident at certain aspects that our project required and I found
it important to tell my team members of these extended capabilities. This
involved becoming more self sufficient in programming with java.
Describe one problem you have had that was caused by working in a team
The one problem that I have encountered during this semester of project
relates to the skill that I have developed mentioned in the previous
paragraph. This involved having difficulties relating to how other members
in my team worked together and how I fit into the team. For example each
individual has different work habits that may not agree with the other team
members. This problem resulted in difficulties in holding group meetings
and general problems regarding group organization.
How did you overcome the problem?
This problem was overcome about a third way through the semester by quickly
holding well structured and routine group meetings. This provided us with
consistency in our meetings, which allowed us to work better together and
make better decisions regarding our project. Through doing this we soon
became accustomed to the work habits of other individuals in our team and
were soon able to work more efficiently.
Provide constructive advice for future students about forming a team or about choosing a project
The first thought before the start of the semester regarding team formation
for me was to be in a group with my friends and those whose abilities I know
well. However in retrospect this does not seem to be the best way in which to
form a team. As it happened I ended up forming a team with four others whom I
knew little about. This proved to be a benefit for a few reasons. Firstly I
was involved with people whose knowledge bases differed from that of my other
friends, allowing me to learn new things from them. Secondly it also allowed
me to get to know some new people.
Choosing a project for us proved to be quite simple as we all were content
with doing the Voice Over IP project and the group roles we each had preferred
suited the other team members. However the project proved to be quite a lot
more challenging than we expected. simple advice would be to choose a project
that is definitely within your skill range but still provides a challenge.
The unit provided a good learning experience because...
it allowed us to work with a real client, on a real project, in a real
world situation. Basically this unit has allowed us to be immersed in
an environment that simulated that of a real world industry situation.