- Group projects:
- Task-oriented group projects
- Best practices for virtual worlds
When people work together on a task, they are likely to hold meetings. If meetings don't follow good practices, you hear:
- The meetings are just a waste of time.
- They just talk, go in circles, get nowhere.
- Lots of good ideas get ignored.
Oh, yes. I jumped to some assumptions:
- There is a project that the people at the meeting are collaborating on.
- The meeting is held to advance the project in some way.
Effective functioning in task-oriented groups: Overview
A few examples of training
A facilitator is someone who helps a group of people understand their common objectives and assists them to plan to achieve them without taking a particular position in the discussion.
So a person can work--get paid--as a group facilitator. Or people who will be working in groups can learn to do the things facilitators do.
Or people can come together in groups without anybody doing the facilitation work. That's how you get the results I mentioned at the top here.
What do facilitators do?
- Use/teach task management tools such as agenda, prioritization, and action items.
- Organize the activity into subtasks
- Provide group maintenance roles that are needed but omitted
- Act to keep the group on its current task
- Idea generation, brainstorming.
- Goal selection, decison-making.
- Planning, allocation and monitoring of sub-tasks.
- Troubleshooting, problem-solving.
- Small groups typically work best with distributed leadership
- There are multiple leadership roles.
- Task roles are done by people capable of the current task.
- Maintenance roles are done by the facilitator or others.
- Leadership roles are filled by several people in the same discussion
- Leadership shifts to the person(s) most capable of the current task.
- When the task shifts, the leadership will probably shift.
- Leader comments
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