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Great Teams…The Way to Meet the AiS Supercomputing Challenge

AiS Challenge

2001 Kick-off Conference

Glorieta, NM

Paula Avery

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Why Teams? Challenge

  • Completing an AiS Challenge project is time consuming and intellectually challenging. When several people use their skills and knowledge together, the result should be a better project.

  • People working together can sustain the enthusiasm and lend support needed to complete the project.

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How do Teams Work Best? Challenge

Teams succeed when members have:

  • commitment to common objectives;

  • defined roles and responsibilities;

  • effective decision systems, communication and work procedures; and,

  • good personal relationships.

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Stages in Team Building Challenge





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Team Building Challenge

Define team

Determine individual roles

Develop trust and communication

Develop norms


Define problem and strategy

Identify information needed

Stage 1: FORMING

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Team Roles - Leader Challenge

  • Encourage and maintain open communication.

  • Help the team develop and follow team norms.

  • Help the team focus on the task.

  • Deal constructively with conflict.

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Team Roles - Recorder Challenge

  • Keep a record of team meetings.

  • Maintain a record of team assignments

  • Maintain a record of the team's work.

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Team Roles – PR Person Challenge

  • Contact resource people outside of the team.

  • Correspond with the team's mentor.

  • Work to maintain good communication among team members.

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Team Norms Challenge

  • How do we support each other?

  • What do we do when we have problems?

  • What are my responsibilities to the team?

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From Individuals A Group Challenge

  • Help members understand each other:

    • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

      • Extraverts ------------------ Introverts

      • Sensors --------------------- iNtuitive

      • Thinker --------------------- Feelers

      • Judger ---------------------- Perceiver

        By selecting one from each category, we define our personality type, ESTJ, ENTJ…INFP

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Extraverts Challenge

Need to think aloud

Great explainers

May overwhelm others


Need time to process

Great concentration

May not be heard

Relevance to Teams (E/I)

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iNtuitive Challenge

Great at big picture

See connections

May make mistakes in carrying out plans


Great executors

May miss big picture, relative importance

Relevance to Teams (N/S)

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Thinker Challenge

Skillful at understanding how anything works


Knows why something matters

Relevance to Teams (T/F)

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Judger Challenge

Good at schedules, plans, completion

Makes decisions easily (quickly)

May overlook vital issues


Always curious, wants more knowledge

May not get around to acting

Relevance to Teams (J/P)

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What Type are You? Challenge

Online Personality Tests

  • Jung types,6103,7119_127651,00.html

  • Keirsey types

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Stage 2: STORMING Challenge

During the Storming stage team members:

  • realize that the task is more difficult than they imagined;

  • have fluctuations in attitude about chances of success;

  • may be resistant to the task; and,

  • have poor collaboration.

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Storming Diagnosis Challenge

  • Do we have common goals and objectives?

  • Do we agree on roles and responsibilities?

  • Do our task, communication, and decision systems work?

  • Do we have adequate interpersonal skills?

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Negotiating Conflict Challenge

  • Separate problem issues from people issues.

  • Be soft on people, hard on problem.

  • Look for underlying needs, goals of each party rather than specific solutions.

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Addressing the Problem Challenge

  • State your views in clear non-judgmental language.

  • Clarify the core issues.

  • Listen carefully to each person’s point of view.

  • Check understanding by restating the core issues.

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Stage 3: Norming Challenge

  • During this stage members accept:

    • their team;

    • team rules and procedures;

    • their roles in the team; and,

    • the individuality of fellow members.

  • Team members realize that they are not going to crash-and-burn and start helping each other.

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Behaviors Challenge

  • Competitive relationships become more cooperative.

  • There is a willingness to confront issues

    and solve problems.

  • Teams develop the ability to express criticism constructively.

  • There is a sense of team spirit.

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Giving Constructive Feedback Challenge

  • Be descriptive.

  • Don't use labels.

  • Don’t exaggerate.

  • Don’t be judgmental.

  • Speak for yourself.

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Giving Constructive Feedback Challenge

  • Use “I” messages.

  • Restrict your feedback to things you know for certain.

  • Help people hear and accept your compliments when giving positive feedback.

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Receiving Feedback Challenge

  • Listen carefully.

  • Ask questions for clarity.

  • Acknowledge the feedback.

  • Acknowledge the valid points.

  • Take time to sort out what you heard.

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Stage 4: PERFORMING Challenge

Team members have:

  • gained insight into personal and team processes;

  • a better understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses;

  • gained the ability to prevent or work through group conflict and resolve differences; and,

  • developed a close attachment to the team.

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Recipe for Successful Team Challenge

  • Commitment to shared goals and objectives

  • Clearly define roles and responsibilities

    • Use best skills of each

    • Allows each to develop in all areas

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Recipe for Successful Team Challenge

  • Effective systems and processes

    • Clear communication

    • Beneficial team behaviors; well-defined decision procedures and ground rules

    • Balanced participation

    • Awareness of the group process

    • Good personal relationships

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Project Process – Important Dates Challenge

There are several milestones throughout the year designed to help you organize and evaluate your project development process. Please check them out on the AiS Challenge Web site.

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Resources Challenge

  • The Team Book by Peter R. Scholtes, Brian L. Joiner and Barbara Streibel

  • Web-based Text chapter 3 – Teaming

  • Bob Mendonsa and Associates’ web page http://www.

  • Jung types,6103,7119_127651,00.html

  • Keirsey types