The Group Project Survival Guide

A resource for anyone working on student project teams, the Guide was created to help teams have a more productive, satisfying group experience.

The Guide is an integrated series of 4-6 minute “Talking PowerPoint” presentations that cover topics like group effectiveness, managing group conflict, and dealing with problematic behaviors on teams such as free-riders and dictators.

Group Project Survival Guide

View an​ introduction to the Group Project Survival Guide, and a portal to the entire resource.

The survival guide is organized into three sections. Click on each link below to get information about specific presentations:

  1. Effective Teamwork in Student Groups – a series of presentations exploring eight secrets of highly productive, satisfied student groups, including clarifying expectations, defining roles, holding effective meetings, and successfully managing a “divide and conquer” strategy.
  2. Managing Conflict in Project Teams – a series of presentations discussing how to understand and manage emergent conflict on teams, including task versus interpersonal conflict, conflict-handling styles, and six strategies to effectively manage conflict.
  3. Problematic Behavior on Project Teams – a series of presentations discussing how to deal with free-riders, dictators, “do-it-alls,” procrastinators, socializers, complainers, quiet students, and other challenging behaviors.

In each presentation (created in Macromedia Breeze), you can use the “Outline” tab to navigate to a specific part of the presentation, or the “Notes” tab to see a text transcript of each slide. At the end of each presentation there is a brief quiz to test your understanding.

Note to Instructors:  This survival guide is ideally used as a complementary resource to your own guidance and advice for student group projects. You could provide a link to this starting page or the introduction portal presentation, or provide links to specific “Talking PowerPoint” presentations. Use the section links above to navigate to descriptions and URLs of specific presentations. Please email Professor Keith Rollag for specific questions or comments about the Survival Guide.

​Group Project Survival Guide