San Jos� State University - URBP 200
Professor Asha Weinstein - Fall 2004

Guidelines for Effective Teamwork


Here are some guidelines to help your group work together effectively.  I suggest that your group discuss them at its first meeting, or soon after.

Setting team goals and procedures: Although the following issues may seem awkward to discuss, a team can help to prevent serious problems later on if the members come to agreement on them right at the beginning.

1. Discuss members� goals and expectations, including:

2. Develop a plan to prevent the �free rider� problem (a team member who does not fully participate).

Getting (and staying) organized: One of the challenges of working with other people is organizing yourselves so that you neither duplicate work, not leave tasks undone.

3. Analyze requirements for the semester-long assignment, as well as for each interim assignment (Parts I, II, III).

4. Assign tasks.

5. Put together a schedule, with work assignments and due dates, as well as meeting times.

6. Assign someone to take notes during each meeting and distribute those minutes afterwards.

Working effectively as a team

7. Encourage each person�s best contributions.

8. Be tactful but honest about your views.

9. Plan a time and format at the end of the semester to discuss the team�s successes and areas for improvement (mandatory).