Pattern of Team Building

Remember your first college class? You sat in a room with a bunch of strangers and wondered what you were doing there. The temperature of the room was unbearable and no one spoke more than a muffled, “hi,” to those who accidentally made eye contact with them for a split second. Only one or two people knew each other from high school. They sat together and nervously discussed Frisbee golf, the weather, or the prospects of the local football squad while you all waited for class to start. No one was comfortable.

The professor insisted upon reading every single word of the verbose syl-labus as if none of you could read it on your own. When the hour was over, you shuffled out and may have mumbled a few words to the person beside you before seamlessly disappearing into the crowd on the sidewalk again.

At some point in the semester, all of that changed. People in the room started talking to each other before the class began. They started talking to each other after the class was over. Occasionally, they even talked to each other during class — not just contributing to the class discussion, but making snide comments and jokes.

The strangers in the room became a team— a temporary group brought together for a short time (a semester) for the purpose of passing the class. Some members of the team valued being in that class more than others and some still wished they were anywhere else but there. Some contributed more — possibly because they grasped the content or were fascinated or stimulated by it, or simply because their personalities made them more gregarious than those around them. Some were not right for the class and left, while others transferred in a little late.

The professor was delighted to have some of those students. Others were more of a challenge, and the professor wondered why they were there. Some pesky folks may have needed more individual attention or additional resources to supplement what they already had, and one or two could not grasp the material at all.

This pattern of team building continually repeats itself.  It plays out in every project team assembled in school, in business, and in life.  Members start out being quiet and uncomfortable — eventually we all move away from that.

(Taken from Software Project Management for Dummies page 229-230)

About what i’m gonna say is….. (to be continued, haha i’m so tired, hopefully can write soon :))