[opensource] Group Dynamics

Michael Haig haig.1 at osu.edu
Mon May 22 23:26:18 EDT 2006

I have had very bad and very good group experience here at Ohio State.
 Personally, I guess I'm kind of like the Rambo/leader.  I don't
always want to be leader, but I generally end up with really passive
people and I end up stepping up as leader.  I generally go into all my
classes/group projects with the mindset of "I want an A" and that
usually ends up with me doing the brunt of th work.

The one thing I have found that defines group dynamics, at least at
the undergrad level, is how dedicated/interested the team members are.
 For example, in 560 all of us were really interested in the class and
into the project and we all worked well together and put in a lot of
hard work.  Now in some of my introductory engineering classes, I
ended up with people who were not interested at all and were just in
the class because they had to take it.  That was the worst group I've
ever been in and I ended up doing the entire project myself which was
not enjoyable.

The one thing I'm really looking forward to when I graduate is working
in "real" teams.  I really enjoy team work when you're in a good and
balanced team and I think that in the corporate world (at least in the
engineering side) I will be able to experience this more than at the
undergraduate level.

Michael Haig

On 5/22/06, Drew Yates <yates at cse.ohio-state.edu> wrote:
> This "560 group" talk brings to mind a mystery that I've never quite been
> able to puzzle a decent heuristic for...
>  What are all of your experiences with group projects with strangers and how
> do you, by default, treat your teammates and what do you expect from them?
>  What are the best methods to participate in a group where everyone is
> "equal" and has a equal stake in the reward, but may have unequal capacities
> or expectations?
>  How do you maximize project quality, minimize aggregate work, minimize
> personal work, minimize risk, or achieve any combination of these goals?
>  To Start (just a couple of scenarios I've come across...)
>  The Rambo: (++)Simplicity (*)Risk (*)Quality (--)Personal Work (+)Aggregate
> Work
>  You do the entire project yourself without contribution. The Risk and
> Quality is equal to exactly your personal capacity. Total project work is
> usually less than normal because there is no overhead, but, of course, total
> work is equal to personal work.
>  Dueling Rambos:
>  In my experience, there can only be one Rambo. If two people are of the
> Rambo mindset in a group, while there may be some initial cooperation, one
> of the two (usually the more competent one) will eventually grow impatient
> and take over and/or one will defer to the other and instead claim ownership
> of a small piece of the project.
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