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Failing to plan is planning to fail. - Benjamin Franklin

Assignments provide your team with an opportunity to showcase what you have learned while demonstrating your ability to organize, sort, and make sense of that information. This is also true for team assignments. Team assignments help your instructor see how you process information and what you have learned through that process. 

LAUNCHING your team assignment: 

  • Make sure you have a Team Agreement that includes clear expectations, agreed behaviours and consequences for missed expectations/deadlines  
  • Confirm that everyone on the team has a shared understanding of the team assignment. That is, you know what you are supposed to do to meet the  deliverables. If you are not sure, ask the Instructor. 
  • Identify the specific information you need and the research requirements
  • Define the roles and responsibilities of each person on your team

For effective teamwork it is essential to create and follow a clear plan. You will need to meet as a team to discuss assignment deliverables, timing of work, scheduling of meetings, tasks, roles and project milestones. What you create together is your team's roadmap to success - a Team Planning Process (TPP) document. 

A valuable tool for team assignment planning 

Team Planning Process template

To give you an idea of what a good TPP looks like, take a look at this example of a Team Planning Process document. 

Tip #1: Start your teamwork early in the term. Team assignments takes time, often more time than individual assignments.

Consider using the assignment calculator tool on the RRU Library website.

Tip #2: Success lies in referring to your TPP often. Review it, revise it and update it as work gets completed. A TPP is an iterative document - it evolves as your work evolves.

Tip #3: When you write up your TPP, create a work plan as a shared document such as a Google Doc, one that all members can access, refer to and revise.

VIDEO TUTORIAL: Google Docs Beginners Tutorial 2020