Who are we

Identifying Team Skill Levels 

Okay, we’ve got our Constitution and we’ve got our agenda, let's start building a scale model.  Patience, my Padawan learner.  Whether your teammates are BFFs or people that you just met when school began, you should go through this next step.  We call it the "who are we" worksheet.  In corporations, it would be called a skills assessment.  We have a worksheet that you can download and use for this exercise.  (We don't have apps for that, but we do have worksheets)./p>

Who Are We worksheet

Instructions for using the worksheet are contained with the worksheet.  Basically, you are going to rank the important skills needed to complete the project successfully and how good you are at each one of the skills.  When you've completed the worksheet, you will have a great idea of the strengths and weaknesses of the team.  Remember, when you are aware of weaknesses they can be overcome (we'll talk more about this when we work on planning and task assignments).  When you have completed the worksheet, put it in the Worksheets folder in the archive.

Understanding Our Team 

Are we there yet?  You will be soon ready to move on to the planning phase.  We assure you that if you prepare well, the rest of the project will be much easier.  The next step, using a worksheet again, is to do a SWAC (strength, weakness, advantage, and constraint) analysis.  Don't worry, it's only another list.  This is a simplified version of a tool that CEOs use to create strategic plans.

SWAC worksheet

  • On the worksheet, you're going to transfer your strengths and weaknesses from the "Who Are We?"worksheet to the appropriate columns. 
  • Make a list of your advantages.  For instance, a parent or relative may be an engineer, a team member's grandparents may have a great junk drawer, a parent or relative may have a crafts hobby, a team member may have 3 way calling on his or her cell phone (useful for telephone meetings), a team member may have SimCity experience, etc.  Just think of all the things that you can access that will help you succeed. 
  • Make a list of all of the constraints on the team's ability to perform.  Constraints might include a team member might not be able to meet on Saturday or Sunday because of religious beliefs, a team member may be leaving town during fall break, team members live far apart, no one has a PC or laptop, not every team member has a cell phone, etc. 

When you're done, you now have a great picture on a single sheet of paper of all that you are and you will use it to drive your plans.  Put the completed worksheet in the Worksheets folder in the archive. 

Before we start making plans, let's figure what we will need.