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PURPOSE:
1. To understand the interdependence between work teams.
2. To explore the perceptions that interdependent teams have about
one another.
GROUP SIZE:
Two or more work teams that have a high level of interdependence.
Works best with teams of 4 to 12 people.
TIME:
2 hours
PHYSICAL
SETTING:
A large room for the entire group and two smaller areas for groups to
work separately.
MATERIALS:
Easel, flipchart, markers, and tape or push pins.
PROCESS:
1. The facilitator explains the purpose and logistics of the meeting.
2. Each team meets separately for about 30 to 45 minutes to
generate data to answer the following questions:
a) What do we need from group X to achieve our goals?
b) What do we owe group X so that they can achieve their
goals?
The goal of the meetings is to achieve clarity around the level of
interdependence among the two teams.
3. The teams reassemble and each reports its work.
4. The groups meet again separately to prepare responses to the
data presented.
5. The teams reassemble for a third time and report the product of
their work. The discussion should lead to an understanding of the
requirements of interdependence. The final product is a contract
between the teams to follow after the meeting.
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VARIATIONS:
1. Teams can be asked to come prepared with a list of things
required from the other team.
2. Step 4 can be changed to form mixed teams to respond to the
data.

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