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PURPOSE:
1. To explore the past accomplishments and activities of a team.
2. To graph the successes and failures of a team.
3. To use the charts to plot a team’s future.
GROUP SIZE:
Unlimited. This activity is designed for use only with an intact work
group.
TIME:
At least 2 hours of meeting time and at least 1 to 2 hours of pre-work.
PHYSICAL
SETTING:
A space large enough to allow each team member to post his or her
graphs so they may be viewed by all team members.
MATERIALS:
1. Chart paper and pens for each participant.
2. Masking tape or push pins to mount charts.
3. Flipchart paper and marking pens.
4. Copy of Team Success Chart for each person.
PROCESS:
1. The facilitator discusses with the group the Mapping Team
Success process. By identifying the success a team has achieved
over a defined period of time, a team is able to reach a consensus
on the activities that lead to success and to ensure future
success.
2. Each team member completes a Team Success Chart; this
analysis is a reflection of each team member’s personal
perceptions of how successful the team has been and why. The
Team Success Chart is composed of a time axis and a success
axis. The time axis should be divided into time periods appropriate
for the group. Success can be measured by months or quarters,
for example, depending upon the success cycle of the group. The
success axis is the individual team member’s perceptions of the
team’s overall success. A score of “0” indicates no success, a
score of “7” indicates 100% achievement.
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3. Team members should post and display their Team Success
Charts. After the team members have inspected each other’s
charts, the group should reassemble and discuss each other’s
scores and perceptions.
4. The facilitator should lead a problem-solving session to identify
the methods for achieving success and the reasons for high or low
success.
5. The team develops an action plan to increase the success of the
team.
6. At a later date, the team reconvenes to follow up on their action
plan and evaluate the changes that were implemented.
VARIATIONS:
1. Team leader only completes the Team Success Chart as pre-
work.
2. Task groups are assigned to work on specific problems to be
solved.
3. Another team assessment activity is Activity 15, Characteristics of
an Effective Work Team: An Assessment Activity.
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