When working on a project for your course or for a live client, it is important that you plan it out well. This planning becomes all the more important when you are working as part of a team.
In this section, you have seen how to take an initial idea or concept, and to make sense of this for yourself. As individuals, you each need to analyse the given material and then produce a Concept Study Report. This includes a summary in your own words, as well as your thoughts on how well written/presented the information was.
When your group get together for a formal meeting, this should be as the result of a Notice of Meeting (members of the group could take turns to produce the Notice so you each work on one as an individual). There should also be an Agenda produced for each meeting, so that all group members can plan their contribution to the discussion. Minutes should then be recorded for each meeting - in the workplace there would only ever be 1 set of Minutes per meeting; for your group project though, each member should experience the production of Minutes.
At your initial group meeting, decisions must be made as to how to divide up the overall project and who will do which task(s), when and perhaps even how. All of these decisions should be recorded in the Minutes, and a timescale for deadlines can be drawn up in the form of a Project Schedule during the meeting.
The Project Schedule can show a breakdown of tasks so that it is clear who is doing what and when. This breakdown is also likely to give you an idea as to what measures will determine the success of the project.
Recorded in a Project Quality Plan, you can note which factors will demonstrate that your project has been achieved successfully or otherwise. That is, early thoughts about how you can evaluate the project when it's complete. These points may include the overall project task and also how the team have interacted.
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