Problematic Behavior on Project Teams
The goals of this section are to explore various types of problematic behaviors on project teams, and give you advice on how you can anticipate and manage these behaviors.
For a brief overview of this section, read the introduction to the Group Project Survival Guide, select Key Topics (2), and then hover over the rightmost icon. Click the icon to find a link with General Advice for Dealing with Team Problems, and a portal to presentations on nine types of problematic behaviors.
Alternatively, here are descriptions and links to each of the ten presentations (time duration in parentheses):
- General Advice for Dealing with Team Problems (3:02) – describes an overall strategy to anticipate, avoid, and manage any type of problematic individual behavior.
- The Free Rider (4:11) – how to manage team members who don’t contribute their “fair share” to the project
- The Dictator (4:15) – how to manage team members who try to overtly control the entire project through aggression and intimidation
- The Closet Dictator (2:27) – how to manage team members who secretly try to control the entire process
- The Do-It-All (4:12) – how to manage team members who try to complete the entire project themselves instead of sharing work with the entire team
- The Procrastinator (3:37) – how to manage team members who wait until the last minute to complete their part of the project
- The Socializer (3:05) – how to manage team members who would rather chat in meetings than work on the project
- The Poor Student (4:48) – how to manage team members who might not be as strong academically as other team members
- The Quiet Student (4:24) – how to manage team members who through personality or language difficulties contribute less than they could in team meetings
- The Complainer (4:08) – how to manage team members who spend more time complaining about the project (and course) than working on it.
In each presentation (created in Macromedia Breeze), you can use the “Outline” tab to navigate to a specific part of the presentation, or the “Notes” tab to see a text transcript of each slide. At the end of each presentation there is a brief quiz to test your understanding.