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Teamwork & communication in teams

MBFI - Instructions for doing team reports

Work in the groups in which you worked during the workshop.

If you were part of more than one group, then you need to work with each of your groups.
If you were absent for a session, then you need to mark "absent" in the session(s) in which you were absent.

The grade for the teamwork workshops will be given for the group, with individual variations (see below).

Each group must prepare a cover sheet and a document as follows.  It may be in English or in French or a mixture of both languages.

If some instructions below are not possible to follow, then make a responsible decision to do it differently (and explain why very briefly).

You may look at work done by other students.  You may also look at various documents about teamwork.  If you wish to find others on the web, use the search term "teamwork" (one word) or "team building" (single search term).  To find documents about communication and teamwork, use those two terms.  However, do not copy web pages - this is plagiarism, and very severely punished.  All quotes from web-based documents must be referenced, using the URL.

Keep the length of your document to a minimum (do not write a book!), but make sure that it contains all the items in sufficient detail.  Say the least possible.  Quality is more important than quantity.  If you have a photos, you may include them too.

Writing your report is still part pf your teamwork.  Your team needs to meet from time to time in order to write the report.

Present your work in 3 parts as indicated below:

1. Cover sheet

A.  Name of your group company number and name).

B.. List of members, with email addresses.

C.  Meetings.  Make a list of dates and times of your meetings, with attending members.  For example:

Meeting 1:  2 Feb 06, 10-11h.
Present: Joe Bloggs, Joe Smith.
Absent: John Brown.
Topics: Decide on work load. Decision =
Spirit of meeting: Efficient, but with some tensions.

Meeting 2:  Etc.

D.  Summary of attendance.  Indicate individual participation in the class activities (concentration, maturity, behaviour, attitude, etc), and in writing the report.

  CAPSULE Level of
class participation
Report Level of
report participation


23 Jan 06   29 Jan to
6 Feb 06
Joe Bloggs  Yes 3/5 No 0 3/10
Jim SMITH  No 0 Yes 4/5 4/10
Gordon BROWN Yes 2/5 Yes 3/5 5/10
et al          

E.  Relative contribution.  Names of each member of the group (alpha order), with the %age contribution for each member.  The %age score represents the relative contribution made by each member of the group to the final document.  For example:

  %Main tasks accomplished
John SMITH20 Attended meetings, etc.
Joe BLOGS24 Attended meetings, Coordination of work.
Jane BROWN 26Wrote some of the text, etc.
Jim WHITE30 Wrote this document and the web page.

At least 1% difference between each of the percentage scores must be given.  Thus for a group of 6 members, there will be at least 5 points difference between the lowest and the highest %ages.  No member can get the same score here.

NB.  You will need some good teamwork skills to work out these percentages.

2. Results

This section contains the results of your activities.


  • Notes for the group:  Summarize the notes that the group made for your presentation.  For example:
    • Name & number of your company.  Logo.
    • Group members participating in the exercise.  Indicate roles.
    • The capsule (company name & logo, build, contents, rationale, budget, etc.).
    • Group procedure (how you did the task).
    • Results of debriefing (summary et points forts of your discussions after the activity, including after the class).
    • Summary of what you learned (main concepts & ideas about teamwork).

3. Discussion

Thoughts & actions, about teamwork & about your future

  • Discuss the following in your group, and write group notes to summarize your thinking about the following aspects and actions related to teamwork.  Illustrate your points with concrete examples drawn from your experience in the workshop (atelier) and from your professional work.
    • Group members participating in this part of the report.
    • Causes of negative and positive attitudes and behaviours.
    • Characteristics of a good team member (what must individual team members do for the team to function well).
    • Differences between groups and teams.
    • The elements of an effective team.
    • Communication for effective teamwork.
    • Roles that members can/should play to improve teamwork.
    • What things should you (as an individual and as a team) do to improve your teamwork skills and your team efficiency.  Think about the next time that you might work in a team.
    • The most important aspects of being an effective leader.
    • A few notes on gender differences in teamwork and leadership styles.
    • An outline of aspects of teamwork that are relevant to the type of job that you hope to do later.

Workshop feedback

  • Discuss the workshop, using the questionnaire below as a guide.

a. Quels étaient les 2 meilleurs aspects de l'atelier et pourquoi ?

            Aspect 1.

                    Pourquoi ?

            Aspect 2.

                    Pourquoi ?

b. Quels étaient les 2 plus grands problèmes et que suggérez-vous comme solutions ?

    Problème 1

            Pourquoi ?


    Problème 2

            Pourquoi ?


 c. Que ferriez-vous, vous-même, de différent si vous aviez à refaire cet atelier ?

            Chose différente 1.

            Chose différente 2.

d. En plus des commentaires ci-dessus, quelles suggestions faites-vous pour que, l’année prochaine, l'atelier soit plus efficace ?

            Suggestion 1.

            Suggestion 2.

e. D’autres commentaires ou suggestions ?




Each group must prepare 2 versions - according to the following instructions:

  • One paper copy - Single line spacing.  12pt, Times and/or Arial, except for special effects.
  • Cover sheet, then the main document (cover, results, discussion) starting on a new page.
  • Attach the members' individual hand notes taken during the workshop, along with the group hand notes.
  • Make photocopies of your notes for yourself if you wish to keep copies.
  • Staple in the top left-hand corner (no other binding).
  • Put the whole document in a simple folder.
  • One electronic copy, in Word format (one single file for the whole document, including cover sheet), or as an html file.  The file must not contain any viruses.  The group will get 0 if there is a virus.  (No need to include scans of hand-written notes.)  The filename must of the following format:
    • mbfi_NN-NN_teams_groupname_a.htm   (or ... .doc) - where NN-NN is the year (e.g., 04-05 = 2004-2005), and groupname is the name of your company.
  • All files must be put on one single diskette or CD - one disk or CD for all groups (the whole class).

General aspects

  • Make sure that the document is clearly presented.  For example, use plenty of short headings, use small characters and indenting for personal examples, use tables and graphics.  Use simple language.
  • Make sure that you provide complete references for all citations, including quotes from web sites.

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