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5 Things That Happen in Every Group Project

Oct 18, 2017 14:38 IST
5 Things That Happen in Every Group Project
5 Things That Happen in Every Group Project

College Projects are one big challenge that when accomplished calls for a party! Sometimes these group projects are real fun and at other times they even might take a toll on you. After all, the group projects are provided to test your team-management skills and prepare you for a bright career.

If you have already been a part of your college group projects or are working on the same then you will definitely associate with these 5 types of people. It is a thrilling experience to complete the task of group projects with them.

Let’s see five weird and fun aspects that you will relate with if you were a part of a group project in college days!

We are supposed to Work as a TEAM

So, we are a team! By the way do I know you? It usually happens in the college that the subject teacher makes random group with the people you didn’t even know before getting on to this project. This is the way they aim to teach you corporate etiquettes. And when you try to gather some idea about the topic of the project and its objectives, you find all of you are sailing in the same boat. No one seems to have a single idea regarding how to commence the work and when to execute it.

There will be a few introverts who would be reluctant to speak up and a few extroverts who will show their superiority among the others. But, moving out of your comfort zone, it is expected from you to work as a TEAM and make sure that everyone gets equal share of work to do. All the team members as a result leave the work for the last day and get back to their normal lives waiting for the teacher to announce the deadline of submission.

Group Leader is the God.. He will do everything!

In every team, there is one person who takes the onus of initiating the tasks and makes sure that everyone is on the board and working on the project. He/she coordinates with the faculty and gathers information and then it is only his duty to share with the other team members. No one bother to contact that leader for he/she is considered as the god and is responsible for disseminating all the important pieces of information to complete the project work!

The leader is the saviour of the project work and is expected to make sure that the project is submitted well in time. If anything goes wrong, it is his/her duty to make it right and stand for everyone in the group. But now that it is time to get rewarded for the hardwork put in the project, then no one recognises the efforts put in by the ‘so-called leader’. 

Time Slips out of hand..Deadlines is here

We were busy with the class assignments, drama club, resolving fight with a friend, lecture takes all the time; become common excuses when it’s time to complete the project. For each one of the group members, their excuses will differ and priority to complete the project will vary. Amid so much work, time will fly by especially if it is fest season and there is lot more to do other than studies. You might even forget about the day when the project was allotted get alarmed after the faculty reminds you of the submission date.

It is this reason that the faculty links the grades of the project work in the grades of the final exam. There is no other way in which she/he can convince you to work on the project. The deadline seems so close and you get all the jitters that you might fail this time. Bank upon all the team members and play your part to work out things. This will motivate others to work seriously and fetch good grades in exam as well.

Anger Management...Breathe in and Out

While you will try to make your way with the various clues that you accumulated from library books and faculty help, there will be members in the group who will neither contribute and will even nullify your ideas. In this situation, do not loose you calm! Do not shout or fight with them.

Rather, as for their brilliant ideas and take the opinion of other team members on the same. Reaffirm the same from your faculty if the same ideas can be implemented and then with the common understanding of all the team members execute the plan and follow the same till the end religiously.

Anger is no solution to bully other or to prove that you are right! If the situation seems out of control then deep breathe in and out to keep calm. It is better not to argue than to focus on the work being assigned.

Did this meeting have a purpose?

A meeting often ends with cold drink and yummilicous snacking. You will have friends who are good at ordering food and sharing the latest gossip of the tinsel town. At the end, you will have no idea why the meeting was called for and what was the real issue. It is only when you sit back to work on the project that you realise the purpose of the meeting and the unaccomplished tasks at hand.

So make a point to not to keep meeting in the canteen or any garden. Carry a notepad of checklist and list the points of discussions that are of strategic importance and must be solved at any cost. The meetings are a good time to chit chat about various rumours taking round in the college premises and share the info of the latest and upcoming events. The real talk gets lost somewhere in the middle and you end up getting diverted.

These were a few ‘fun to deal with’ and ‘giving hard time’ people whom you must have met in your group projects. They are often unavoidable members of the group that can help you submit one of the best and worst projects of your life. We recommend that keeping a positive attitude can work wonders when group projects when it is the need of the hour.

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