Teaching Resources: Understanding a Design Team

The more that team members are aware of each team members' strengths and weaknesses the more likely they are able to work together, sharing ideas and communicating effectively. The 'Icebreaker: Personal Context Exercise' exercise encourages students to share personal information, whereas 'Developing a Team Philosophy' and 'Collaborative Enquiry Metaphors' are tools to help students understand how they can work together as a team and create a productive working environment.

Icebreaker: Personal Context Exercise

Icebreaker: Personal Context Exercise

This tool encourages a newly formed design team to get to know each other through understanding the influences in each other’s lives.

Developing a Team Philosophy

Developing a Team Philosophy

This tool enables students to have a conversation about how they are going to work together and to use this information to form a team philosophy.

Collaborative Enquiry Metaphors

Collaborative Enquiry Metaphors

This tool helps students understand how design teams work together using three ‘Collaborative Enquiry Metaphors'.