Let’s face it, group projects suck. But sometimes so does collaborating in the workplace.
Play to people's strengths
First things first, take a few minutes to get to know your project partners – their interests, strengths and weaknesses. Once everyone’s acquainted, that need to be completed and assign them to each member based on what they’re naturally into.
Set up one communication channel
It’s important to have one place where all the talking happens, so that everyone’s eyes see all the information. , , Facebook , and even trusty ol’ email are all good options. Your uni may even offer a communications program or app that’s unique to your institution.
Set milestones and celebrate deadlines as you go
and (importantly) stick to it. By portioning out the work, it can be done in chunks at an achievable pace – key to avoiding a last-minute push to the finish line. If others aren’t hitting their marks, it’s instantly visible.
Meet often, shame openly
Even if it's just a group call on or , make sure you’re all checking-in on a regular basis – no excuses. Use these chats to ensure everyone is doing what they’re supposed to, when they’re supposed to. , this is the place to do so.
It may feel like unnecessary torture right now, but keeping your cool in group work situations is a superpower in most workplaces. Implement these communications tips and your grades – and future career – will thank you later.