Session 4: Growing and Managing Teams (June 2022 Cohort)

Hello, @june22-cohort! I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow for our session on Growing and Managing Teams. Here are the slides and handout. See you soon!

Thanks for another great session this week, @june22-cohort! I appreciated your participation and excellent questions. Here are the key links from the session:

This session discussed the importance of a solid project plan, good intentions, clearly articulated responsibilities, and a set of helpful strategies to form collaborative alliances. Different perspectives, talents, and efforts support your OER projects in unique ways, beyond just distributing the workload!

However, good teams don’t just create themselves; they need deliberate communication, cultivation and management (including problem-solving and conflict resolution) on the parts of all members, but particularly those in leading roles (e.g., project manager, technology lead, etc.). This also includes modeling being an active, engaged team member and promoting self-care throughout the project. We must all model what we want to see in our classrooms, work places, or communities!

You started to see the unique nature of your respective teams in last week’s “Share your personal story activity.” In this session, you leveraged this knowledge to identify particular roles and assign specific responsibilities to one another. Please make sure to come to an agreement around team roles at your next scheduled team meeting. To help guide and document your decision-making, refer to the session template: Roles and Responsibilities. These roles may shift over time, but it’s critical you begin your project work with clear expectations on roles and responsibilities

Instructions for next week’s 1:1 meetings.

Next week, each team will meet with me individually for 15 minutes. This will give us the opportunity to talk about your projects in more detail, and for me as your facilitator to more clearly understand what you are working towards. I will spend some time reviewing your project summary and homepage before we meet, so I can guide your teams in their next steps.

I would like one member of each team to book a time for you and your team to meet with me. Please fill out this sign-up sheet to book your 1:1 meeting, and be sure to answer all the questions to help me adequately prepare for our conversation! I look forward to these personalized 1:1 meetings next week, and to learn about how to better support your work.

August 16th Session

As I mentioned at the start of this week’s session, I have a bit of a schedule conflict with our normal session time on August 16. It seemed like those who were in attendance were open to adjusting the time of our session that day. Please fill out this Doodle poll by Friday 8/5 at noon so that we can find an alternate time that works for everyone. If it turns out that we’re not able to come to a general consensus, then we may just meet at the usual time with @joerdis covering the first part of our session that day until I’m able to join. Thank you for your flexibility! As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.