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Should you avoid groupthink within projects? How to spot groupthink?  

Should you avoid groupthink within projects? How to spot groupthink?


What is groupthink? There's a groupthink definition that describes how a team or a group of people can be motivated or directed to reaching one or another objective. Have you ever noticed that on a project meeting or some other type of group setting some participants didn't agree with major statements, but they didn't express their disagreement because they didn't want to appear unsupportive of the group's efforts? Or you've seen that most team members were reluctant to express their own opinions? If so, then you've probably faced the phenomenon of groupthink of the groupthink theory. Groupthink examples occur when the striving for group consensus dominates over people's common desire to find alternatives, criticize a stated position, or express an unpopular opinion. Here're some signs that take place in case of group think:

  • There's a persuasive and confident team leader
  • A high level of group cohesion
  • There's an intense pressure from the outside on decision making

Groupthink has positive impact on projects as group members can join their efforts to the direction of the project goal. At the same time, projects can fail as group members won't be active in discussing problems and offering alternatives. So as project manager you should always keep track of project goals and arising problems and try to find solutions with help of group think. You shouldn't also forget about possible negative influences of groupthink like group inactivity and lack of new ideas and try to avoid them.

And VIP Task Manager will help you with this. The teamware is designed for project group management providing you with task management and group collaboration solutions. By using VIP Task Manager, you can put the groupthink theory into practice and personally examine its positive and negative aspects to finally find a balance between your team's efforts and established goals.

Action list:

  1. Use Resource List view to add new team members. Each new team member gets appropriate permissions level and role.
  2. Use Task Tree view to manage tasks and task groups.
  3. Let your team use Comments Panel to leave feedback
  4. Use Task List view to appoint meetings and schedule events. All tasks can be shared among team members
  5. Use Watch List to assign team leaders and group supervisors

See also:

 When you are delegated a task, think if you are able to accomplish it

CentriQS Tracking Tasks Solution

Task Time Tracking in CentriQS is very flexible. Users can track time they spend on tasks both manually by entering actual/remaining task duration or adding time logs and automatically by using task timer that adds time logs when you pause or stop it. Task property "Deviation" informs users whether they are "On Schedule", "Ahead of Schedule" or "Behind Schedule" by calculating the difference between "Estimate" and "Actual+Remain".

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