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Managing Team Projects

Managing Team Projects

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  1. Managing Team Projects

  2. Chapter Goals • Be able to explain why team skills are important to the modern workplace. • Know the structure of a workplace writing team and the roles commonly played in those teams. • Be familiar with some of the common problems experienced by teams—and writing teams in particular—and be able to anticipate ways of resolving them. • Understand the role of the style guide in a team-writing project and know how to develop one. • Understand the role of the prototype in a team-writing project and know how to develop one. • Know how to review a writing-team member’s draft and write a review summary memo.

  3. 1. Why Team Work? • Modern Workplace • Leadership

  4. 2. Structure of Workplace Writing Teams • Managers • Planners • Document Designers • Writers • Technical Reviewers • Graphic Artists • Editors • Information Testers • Productions Specialists • Distribution Specialists

  5. 3. Structure of Technical-Writing Classroom Teams • Writing • Reviewing • Editing • Revising • Developing Graphics • Researching • Designing the Document • Producing the Document • Overseeing the Project

  6. 4. Anticipating Problems in the Team Project • Workload • Shirking • Lack of consensus/Groupthink • Aggressiveness

  7. 5. Effective Management of Technical Writing Teams • Informal meeting • General procedures and by-laws • Research • Outline • Team roles and Tasks • Detailed schedule (p. 454) • Document prototype and style guide • Multiple drafts • Reviewing • Revising • Final draft • Postmortem

  8. Conclusion