DD14HW4

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Individual Collaboration Report

Team/Project Proposal
Universal Assistance


To:                  UA CEO
From:              Jeff Sniegowski
                        William Chan
                        Michelle Moran T.
                        Chris Zhang
Subject:          To promote teamwork and collaboration
Date:               June 25, 2017


The purpose of this memo is to express how our teams intends to improve the teamwork and communication within the manufacturing section of an engineering company.

Summary:
When manufacturing teams begin to experience tension with other members of the team, it can result in time delays and increased costs. Teamwork and cooperation are key to a smoothly operating facility; our team will research the best ways to improve teamwork among engineers. In our team, Jeff Sniegowski and Chris Zhang are Management Engineer, William Chan is a Mechanical Engineer and Michelle Moran T is a Mechanic with Anthropology knowledge background.

Discussion:
A local manufacturing plant has been experience conflict within their floor team. If these conflicts aren’t resolved in an orderly fashion more employees of the company may become involved. The larger these type of conflicts become, the more the company will be affected by them. The floor team is having problems with their communication and teamwork skills. They aren’t communicating well with the other teams in the company, which is leading to missed deadlines and low productivity.

My team will work hard to research the main reasons for a lack of communication and teamwork in manufacturing and engineering fields. We will look into scholarly journals, as well as other outside sources that may be insightful.

To make sure our team produces a solution for this manufacturing team in a timely order, we will multitask various steps of the process. Our research efforts will be split amongst the team to reduce the time it takes to complete our research. We will also collaborate on many different sections of our work to maintain the same level of understanding. We will use this chart to stay on track and also to spread out the work load.



Task
Teamwork
Deadline
Annotated Bibliography
Collaboration
June 25
Tips Sheet Audience Profile
Collaboration
June 25
Annotated Bibliography (2)
Collaboration
June 27
Individual Research
Individual
June 27

Media
Collaboration
June 27
Draft
Collaboration
June 27
Review
Collaboration
June 29
Peer review
Collaboration
June 29

Reference:
The link above is our Annotated Bibliography document

This link above is our Audience Analysis sheet


Team Update #1
Date:   June 27, 2017
To:       Christopher Sloman
            ENGL 308 Professor
From:   Jeff Sniegowski
William Chan
Michelle Moran Thompson
Chris Zhang
Subject: Progress report of team collaboration on Project #3

Introduction:
This memo is to discuss the current status of the group’s progress on Project #3, with our focus being on communication and collaboration in the engineering industry.

Main:
On the 23rd of June is when the team started brainstorming ideas for the project and decided that the focus should be on engineering fields within corporations. Companies we favored were Raytheon, Texas Instruments, Boeing, Sergeant, and Caterpillar, but we decided to focus document on the company Texas Instruments.  

Since deciding our focus, we researching various articles relating to communication and collaboration within engineering teams. We have successfully found fourteen articles relating to our topic. We have conducted individual resource evaluation of some of the articles, and have found that the articles to be reliable sources.

We have already submitted a proposal of our project and conducted an audience profile. We found multiple images that each team member felt was a visual depicting communications and collaboration.

To help figure out the specifics we conducted multiple research syntheses and decided where to place emphasis and define within the document.

On the 28th of June we are submitting a rough draft of our project.  

Team Update #2
Date:   June 28, 2017
To:       Christopher Sloman
            ENGL 308 Professor
From:   Jeff Sniegowski
            William Chan
            Michelle Moran Thompson
            Chris Zhang
Subject: 2nd progress report of the collaboration on Project#3

Introduction:
This memo is to discuss the current status of the group’s progress on Project #3, with our focus being on communication and collaboration in the engineering industry.

Main:
Project #3 was initiated on 23rd of June 2017. Our team has been focusing on communication and collaboration within the engineering field of industry with Texas Instruments as our company of choice. We have been able to complete most of the homework for Due Date #13.

We have reviewed our sentence structure and our organization for the document, as well as focusing on our sentence structure and document design. We decided that a simple design was sufficient and some parts of our document needed to be reworked.

Our sentences structures ranged from simple to complex, but the structures were either simple or complex with a heavy use of infinitives.   

Major revisions and rewrites were made to the Introduction, Background, Main Section, and Conclusion. All the quotes that will be used in the Main Section have been found and organized. The main section and conclusion still needs to be rewritten in order to cover all document requirements. The main section needs to be written before the conclusion can be written. The executive summary will be rewritten once the main section is completed, in order to correctly summarize our report. Our reference sheet and annotated bibliography still needs to be formatted to include all necessary citations and spacing. The tip sheet could use some design improvement to make it more visually appealing. As of now, the Acknowledgements, Introduction, Background, Problem Statement, and Methods of Research are 99% complete. We will have to complete the Executive summary, Main section, Conclusion, References, Tip Sheet, and Annotated Bibliography in the next few days

On the 2nd of July, we are submitting the final version of project 3.

Individual Collaboration Memo
Workload Distribution
William: Annotated Bibliography, Main Section, Background

Jeff: Annotated Bibliography, Tip Sheet, Main Section

Daocheng: Annotated Bibliography, Executive Summary , Introduction

Michelle: Annotated Bibliography, Executive Summary , Introduction, Tip Sheet

I felt most proud of the structure of our document. I felt like the transition was smooth and the topics explained in the main sections hit the major issues in teamwork and how to go about fixing them. If we had more time on this project, there were a couple of more issues that I had thought about but didn’t get the enough time to thoroughly go into depth with them. With the week spent on writing this document and the help from peers with their editing, I am proud of this document. In the engineering field, you will be given individual projects, but most of them will be in teams. Usually it will consist of a couple of other types of engineers such as mechanical, chemical, electrical and Biosystems. The reason for that is because the group needs a broader set of expertise to accomplish a task. With these teams, I will need to be able to work/communicate in a team. With what I learned about the basis of teamwork and communication, this will help me out in the future when I go into the engineering field.






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