Teamwork Skills Introduction to Mechanical Engineering The University of Texas-Pan American College of Science and Engineering
Objective • Explain the need for engineering teams. • Explain the characteristics of a successful team. Assignment: Final Project Team Members Contact List
Engineering Teams • There are many reasons why engineers chose to work in teams. Here are some of those reasons: • Engineers are asked to solve extremely complex problems. • More factors must be considered than ever before. • Team collaboration provides greater understanding.
Engineering Teams • More corporations are international. • Rapid product development is the requirement today for success. • Concurrent engineering demands teamwork. • Corporations increasingly are using project management principles.
What Makes a Successful Team? • Common goal. • Leadership. • Individual involvement. • Effective communication. • Creative spark. • Harmonious relationships among members. • Effective planning and use of resources.
Team Member Attributes • Attendance. • Responsibility. • Ability. • Creativity. • Energy. • Personality.
Team Leadership Structures • Traditional. • Participative. • Flat. • Consultant.
Modes of Team Action • Consensus. • Majority. • Minority. • Averaging. • Expert. • Authority Rule without Discussion. • Authority Rule with Discussion.
Leader Attributes • Focus on the purpose. • Team builder. • Plan well and effectively utilize resources. • Run effective meetings. • Communicate effectively. • Promote team harmony. • Foster high levels of performance.
Leadership Styles • Task-oriented leaders. • People-oriented leaders.
Search for Creative Ideas –Group Brainstorming Process • Pick a facilitator. • Define the problem. • Select a small group. • Explain the process. • Record ideas. • Involve everyone. • No evaluating. • Eliminate duplicates. • Pick three.
Problem to Practice Group Brainstorming • Provide a method for controlling the populations or access of pigeons or grackles to UTPA campus. There are excessive bird droppings! Must be low maintenance, low cost, and socially acceptable! It must not interfere with the normal flow of foot traffic.