Assignment Sample- MIS100 – Foundations of Information Systems
a. Your Area of reflection
My area of reflection includes communication skills and competencies, which are very important for sustaining and securing my position in the organizational context. I have also targeted and included the opportunities that can be synthesized through various organizational requirements. My communication skills and competencies will surely address and meet organizational need.
b. Key concepts in the reflective report
The concepts of the reflective report include the area, which is my prior strength for sustaining within the organizational context. At the same time frame, different concepts of ethical practices that provide different themes of group collaboration will be also presented in this group assignment.
c. What the reader can expect to find in the body of the report
In the body of the report, the reader will expect different descriptions of the ethical practices that include within the context of group collaboration. A brief discussion of the communication channels and improvements will be also presented in the study.
a. How did the group take responsibility for their contributions to the project and what likely consequences did the group identify should a group member not deliver an equitable contribution to the project?
My group has taken responsibility for the individual contributions by asking the project manager in the organization. There are some steps for taking permission for taking responsibility for the project. However, I believe that all the members should take the same responsibility if they become part of any group.
The likely consequences include less productivity and a low range of communication standard visible in between the group members. It is understood that if one member is not responsible for his duties then the pressure automatically converts to another member because every project has a scheduled delivery time (Moorhouse & Jung, 2017). Within that time, each of the project, whose responsibility the whole group has taken need to be accomplished in the best possible manner. These are the possible aspects that group experience if one of the members do not equitably contribute to the group. I think, this kind of member should be given appropriate training for his misdeeds. However in the second stage, if he does not rectify the mistakes, he needs to be excluded from the group.
b. How did the group manage accountability for work done in this assignment? How did they determine who was responsible for each activity and how did they ensure that the activity was done on time and with the right level of quality?
According to my core measurement and administrative systems, the group managed accountability for work in this assignment with the help of Kolb's learning cycle. There are different modes for experimental learning, where the experiences of working are taken under consideration. This measurement or the methods evaluates different success and challenges. I believe that there are many experienced employees in the group, where the members have showcased their prior communication skills as well as deep thinking capabilities for assessing the outcome of a project, which has been undertaken (Abrahams & Singh, 2019). In this manner, outcomes can be achieved within a restricted period. In this manner, a group has managed different responsibilities and accountabilities of the project.
The leader of the group has also assigned different members for diverse activities. It was being assigned according to the skills and competencies of each member in the group. I have observed like my enhanced communication skills, every member of the group has some separate competencies that include decision-making skills, logical skills and analytical skills. Therefore according to their subject of confidence, a project has been segregated and the whole team was directed to their responsibilities (Cathro, O'Kane & Gilbertson, 2017). Moreover, the mindset of the members is also very important in this core phenomenon, where they have earned the confidence of the group leader.
The group members have earned the confidence of the leader that they will deliver the project liabilities on time with the help of their past experiences. It is noted that group leader also assessed and investigated through their past experiences, strengths as well as failures, by which he has appointed some intellectual and capable members for the completion of the project task within the scheduled period.
c. What communications channels and regular meetings were set up for the group? Did this work well? On reflection, are there any improvements which would have made this more effective for achieving group goals?
The direct communication channel, as well as virtual communication mediums, have been set for the group members and regular meetings were being actualized. Meetings were very helpful for the members because they got the opportunity to know their exact strength and weaknesses while working in a particular project scope (Allsop, 2016). On the other hand, virtual meetings were being done through telecommunication and video conferencing, which was very successful for the team.
I think that the communication channel, that was being selected by the group was successful because all the members were attentive and they wanted to learn more about the exact project with the help of Kolb’s learning cycle.
It can be noted that there would have been more improvements in the project team if they would have followed active experimentation procedures. It is one of the most important procedures of Kolb's learning cycle, by which the quality of the task can be enhanced. In the same process, the project task can also be passed to the next team members in the fastest manner for achieving good outcomes (Kamis & Khan, 2019). The active experimentation also helps in maintaining the work-life balance of the employees working in the same team.
d. How did the group ensure the accuracy of the information they gathered from research for your group work? Were there any steps to validate references and sources that were included by individuals in the group final report for which they are mutually responsible?
Group has ensured the accuracy with the help of detailed research and information, which they have gathered from the data collection process. Apart from the physical evidence, the group has actualized reflective observations and they have the capability of their own mistakes in the later stage of project delivery. However, it can be summarized that the group has also ensured accuracy through reflective observation and abstract conceptualization. It can be noted that assignment experiences are also measured with the help of two techniques that was directed by the group leader. This involves the enhancement in the quality of the report and client satisfaction at the same time frame (Cahyarini, Rahayu & Yahmin, 2016). I have observed that reflective practice is one of the most valuable parts for the self-mechanism that also develops through an intense experience. It enhances the process of thinking and also describes the new experiences and validations those are much needed for the future course of actions. It is also much important for the group to cope up with the new experiences, situations and information (Smith, 2016). It was the key developmental areas for the project members as well as for the team leader, who has taken the responsibility for completing the project within the scheduled period.
As per my concern, there were no opportunities for validating references and sources that were included by individuals in the group final report. It is because the group which has been selected are much efficient in processing the best ideas according to the feelings of a particular situation.
e. What have you learned about the process of group planning, group goal setting and managing expectations of team members from the process of delivering your group assessment?
I have learnt about the significant measurements and applications of Kolb’s learning cycle those have helped me in group learning, managing expectations of the team and goal setting for the group. This has also made the process of delivering the group assignment smoother than the previous projects. I have followed all the four steps of Kolb’s learning cycle, those are concrete experiences, reflective observation, abstract conceptualization and active experimentation. It can be noted that this stages of the learning cycle have helped me to become more advanced and superior in my professional career, which is much adjacent to specific organizational context (Wu et al., 2016). My ethical behaviour also developed due to the learning cycle and I have also tried to enhance my skills for showing regular and commendable behaviour to the employees and the team members working in an organization. It develops the mutual trust between the two entities and expectation also increases simultaneously.
I have learnt the three most important elements from the group assignment, those are abstract conceptualization, active experimentations, reflective observation as well as the concrete experience at the same time frame. However, apart from concrete experience, I have learnt about three aspects of Kolb’s learning cycle that will surely help me in developing ethical behaviour, maintaining communication standard within the group and also delivering the project before scheduled deadlines. I would like to express my self-reliance that I have been much grateful to the team members, as I have also leant much learning from them.
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