REPORT 1: Project plan
The format of your Project Plan & Team Agreement is free. Pay special attention to the clarity and visual aspects of your plan. The Project Plan should (at least) cover the following topics:
- Short description of the project – who is the client, who is in your team
- Background of the project – based on your understanding so far, where does this project brief come from (motivations, etc.) ? What are the key issues you will be tackling?
- Primary and secondary stakeholders, stakeholder groups, and their roles (how do you communicate and manage collaboration with different groups?)
- Goals, objectives, and deliverables of the project – you can highlight both, course deliverables and assignments, as well as any team-specific deliverables you have chosen
- Measures of success – how do you know if the project is successful? What is the client really looking for from this project? What are you as a team looking for?
- Risks and constraints – what could potentially delay the project, possible causes of frictions, and anything you think you should “keep an eye out for” – more importantly, rather than just highlighting the risks, you should also highlight how you plan to mitigate or manage these risks.
- Roles and responsibilities of your team members – who will be doing what, and how will you ensure that everyone has a chance to equally contribute to the team, how will your team support any peer-learning capabilities?
- Tentative timeline and Milestones – how will you know that the team is moving in the right direction, how will you keep each other and the client informed, what should be done and when, any internal vs. external deadlines
- Team agreement
Use the TEAM AGREEMENT CANVAS for discussing relevant issues related to teamwork.
Do remember to also discuss the project plan (before the final submission) as a team, with your mentors, and the clients – that way you can ensure that you’ve discussed all the critical aspects with each other and the relevant stakeholders. After submission, it would also be a good idea to quickly go through the plan (and more importantly how the plan will be implemented) with the mentors and clients.
Academic ethics: Personal contribution to team deliverables
In a separate, independent document, please indicate your team workload on the deliverable. How did each of you contribute to the deliverable? Who did what and why? Not everyone needs to do the same tasks. You can divide the tasks among the team members. For example, one team member can be responsible for writing one chapter, and one another. Alternatively, one team member can be responsible for creating the content, and one can be responsible for putting it in a written format. YOU CHOOSE. Discuss and divide the workload as equally as possible. Make also sure as a team that everyone feels comfortable with their workload. A few sentences for each team member is enough.
Note! If you prefer so, your contribution can be stated as “equal contribution”. This means that every one contributed equally.
It is enough that only one team member in your team submits the assignment. Remember to write your team members names in the report.