Module 2: Week 1: Team Formation Coordination

I am excited to embark on the Co-creative Design and Development Practice Module. My preference would always be to work collaboratively as part of a team. I am also looking forward to being part of a multidisciplinary team and having the opportunity to learn from my peers and impart my knowledge

As part of the course content this week I had to complete a Personality Test.

The test you took and your results.

I I took the TypeFinder Personality Test. My results were ENFP – The Champion “ENFPs are people-centred creators with a focus on possibilities and contagious enthusiasm for new ideas, people and activities. Energetic, warm, and passionate, ENFPs love to help other people explore their creative potential.” (The TypeFinder® Personality Test, 2021)

Your thoughts and follow-up reflection.

I think that this describes me quite accurately.

  • A few words about yourself.
    As this is the ‘ice breaker’ activity for this module, you should use this as an opportunity to introduce yourself to the rest of the cohort. Here are some suggestions for what to include in your response
    • Chosen pathway (UXD or IGD): UXD
    • Your specialist interests (depth): I am interested in psychology, the use of AI and UI design
    • Your broader skillset (breadth): Prototyping, illustration, Project Management and Certified Scrum Master.
    • What you would like to achieve during this module: I am looking forward to getting to know members of the cohort. I am excited to see what creative output can be achieved working with a team.
    • What skills you would like to hone:  UI Design, design thinking, teamwork, time management and presentation skills.

The course content

One of the things that I was asked to contemplate was how I would describe a team. My definition of a Team is working with other people to reach a common goal.

Viewing the course content and reading Wisdom of Teams and Team Roles at work I think that my definition is lacking in detail.

As a team you require more than just a goal, the goal should be linked to performance. Katzenback identifies that teamwork is not the same thing as a team, you need common performance goals to work as a team. No matter what type of team focusing on performance will deliver better results than individuals or non-teams. When become a team individuals takes several risks including conflict and mutual accountability. If you claim you are a team but take no risks he would describe the set-up as a pseudo-team. ( Katzenback , 2006)

Belbin states “The essence of a team is a set of players who have a reciprocal part to play, and who are dynamically engaged with one another”((Belbin, 2010) He places importance on the creation of a balanced team with a hybrid culture of Sharper Leadership and Teamwork Culture.

Belbin outlines the steps to establishing a successful team:

Belbin outlines the steps to esablishing a sucessfull team:

Step one: Set a goal

Step two: Find a genius or subject matter expert

Step three: Appoint a Project Manager who can inspire the genius

Step four: Identify the other skills gaps and team member requirements

Step five: Agree on a style by which the team will conduct themselves by, asking all the team members how they like to work to find the best approach for the team.

Belbin also identified 9 team roles, each team member may hold two or three of these roles detailed below (Belbin, 2010):

(The 9 Team Roles, 2021)

Once I am a member of a team I think it would be good to work through the formation steps. In addition to the steps, I think we should consider tools, communication channels and our sprint backlog and retrospectives.

The key priority this week is to form a team, to this end, I have contacted one of the cohort who is looking for team members..

I considered joining a team that comprised solely of students from IGD course but I was hesitant as they will be developing in a programme that I have no experience of and I was not sure how I could make a meaningful contribution.
Sources:

KATZENBACK, Jon R. and Douglas K. SMITH. 2006. The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization. Harvard Business School Press.

Belbin, R., 2010. Team Roles at Work. 2nd ed. Butterworth-Heinemann.

Truity. 2021. The TypeFinder® Personality Test. [online] Available at: <https://www.truity.com/test-results/typefinder/17782/16620123&gt; [Accessed 1 June 2021].

Belbingetset.com. 2021. The 9 Team Roles. [online] Available at: <https://www.belbingetset.com/the-9-team-roles/&gt; [Accessed 1 June 2021].

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