Team Writing
First Edition   ©2010

Team Writing

A Guide to Working in Groups

Joanna Wolfe (University of Louisville)

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-56582-8; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-56582-4; Format: Paper Text, 160 pages

Part 1: Before You Start
Chapter 1: Planning Your Collaboration
        Why Teamwork?
        Understanding Collaboration Methods
        Alternating Collaboration Methods
        Works Cited
Chapter 2: Project Management
        Why Do You Need a Project Manager?
        Task Schedules: Publicize deadlines and responsibilities
        Meeting Minutes: Build accountability and consensus
        Meeting Agenda: Keep discussions on track
        Email Reminders & Notifications: Step in when problems occur
        Other Documents the Project Manager May Produce
        Starting the Process with a "Straw" Document
        Works Cited
Chapter 3: Getting Started with a Team Charter
        An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: The Team Charter
        Team Goals: What constitutes success?
        Measurable Goals: How can you measure success?
        Personal Goals: What do individuals want out of the project?
        Individual Commitment: How much effort will each individual invest?
        Other Information: What other individual factors might affect performance?
        Irreconcilable Differences: How will the team resolve impasses?
        Late Work: How will the team handle missed deadlines?
        Unacceptable Work: How will the team handle poor quality contributions?
        Putting It All Together
Chapter 4: Getting Started with the Task Schedule
        Identify Major Tasks
        Assign the Roles to Individuals: Motivation vs. experience
        Schedule the Tasks
        Balance the Workload
        Technology and Tools for Task Schedules
Part 2: Writing Together
Chapter 5: Constructive Conflict
        Creating a Constructive Infrastructure for Your Team: Five key strategies
        Works Cited
Chapter 6: Revising with Others
        Developing a Culture Where Constructive Feedback is Encouraged
        Two Types of Revision: Feedback vs. Direct Revision
        Before You Start: Ground Rules for Revision
        Providing Effective Feedback and Making Good Revisions
        Listening to Feedback and Negotiating Revision
        Technology for Collaborative Revising
Chapter 7: Communication Styles and Team Diversity
        The Benefits of Diverse Teams
        How Differences in Communication Norms Can Cause
        Interpersonal Conflict
        Understanding Norms
        Competitive and Considerate Conversational Norms
        Self-promoting vs. Self-deprecating Speech
        Action-oriented vs. Holistic Problem-Solving Styles
        Gender and Communication Norms
        Works Cited
Chapter 8: Trouble-shooting: What to do when there are problems in the team
        Problems with Showing Up and Turning in Work
            A teammate misses a meeting
            A teammate misses a deadline
            A teammate turns in incomplete work
            A teammate turns in poor quality work
            A teammate disappears completely
        Problems with Personal Interactions
            My team doesn’t trust me to do good work
            My team isn’t listening to me—or is taking a direction I disagree with
            Other team members are not committed to a high-quality product
            My teammates do and say things I find disturbing or demeaning
            My teammates criticize my work excessively
        Problems with Revision
            Team members are not open to revisions to their work—or team members ignore the suggestions I make for revision
            My team is destroying my work
            Team members are not giving adequate feedback
            I am unsure of how to give good feedback to team members

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