STARR (Situation, tasks, actions, result, reflection).
Our group is 7 man strong, we all have opinions, thoughts, jokes and personalities, but how well do we work together?
I don’t know my group members that long so calling them friends is a big word for me, but that doesn’t take away the fact that I like them a lot.
At the beginning of this module we were randomly put in groups, and our group became BAM. We were all a little bit shy at the beginning, Scanning everyone, what are they wearing, how are they acting, what do they say, at least I was doing that.
We are 5 weeks along right now and the hesitation and shyness has almost completely disappeared, and I like it. We can work together, laugh together and meet each other for drinks. That’s what works for me, getting to know one and other outside of school, knowing their likes and dislikes. That way you know what their strengths are, and which tasks should be assigned to them.
The first lesson we assigned tasks amongst ourselves, and that was before we got to know each other. I must say that we choose very well. Eszter became the group leader, our mother, and she lives up to the task, even baked us cookies last meeting! Christian is the communicator because we all know right know, he likes to talk. Claire and Stefan are the technical guys in the group, they are going to make the final video. Lina is the time manager and Derisa is the secretary. But where do I fit in? I do the dutch communication, and help everyone out where ever I can.
Well the tasks are divided and we know the assignment from our NGO. The class is about online communities and how to use them to our advantage. So you would say we use those communities for creating awareness about morphological design as well. The only problem is our NGO is already using every online network that I know of. Facebook, LinkedIn, twitter, etc. So where do we start?
My task was researching architectural communities, and believe there are a lot. But we had an advantage, Laura is an architect and used to be on the board of such a community. Awesome!
So at the moment I’m also writing an email to a community Laura recommended, and hopefully they respond enthusiastically, and are willing to meet us for a discussion about morphological design.
We also made a survey to pass around the architect student at school, and perhaps some teachers.
Results… Well I think it is a little bit early for results for out NGO. But the results in the dealings in our group are great. We know what to do, and we are worth separately from each other. And the most important thing, we like each other, at least I hope so.
When I look back on what I just wrote, I notice that I didn’t talk about the impact of the size of the group, or our different cultures. That’s because I think that that doesn’t really matter to us. I don’t notice a difference in interacting with different cultures and our size is just right.
If I have to pick one thing I would do differently coming weeks, I would like to not put everything of until the last minute anymore. That is a flaw I have, and I know I have to work on it. But realising it is the first step.