Team-based projects are common in college and industry, but they require deliberate management to function well. This relates both to practical issues (like time management) and interpersonal issues (expectations about how, when, and by whom work will be done). This assignment scaffolds the collaboration required to complete your term-long project (immediate benefit) and provides a flexible model for collaborative work that can be adapted to other academic and professional contexts (longterm benefit).
Map out the mission and working arrangements of your group (group charter), and create a schedule for your work together (project timeline), adapting Joanna Wolfe's models. These documents will guide your work together and be subject to revision throughout the quarter as your project and collaboration develop.
Review comments on last quarter's assignments to incorporate those into your planning documents, scheduling time for revision of documents, changing research plans; incorporating group members' learning goals into project charter; etc.
What does the group want to accomplish? (Specific to your project; beyond getting a good grade.) What concrete "deliverables" will be required to accomplish these group goals? What skills do individual group members want to learn/develop throughout the project? How will the group communicate, share work-in-progress and completed work, and track progress on the task schedule? Where will project documents and other files be stored so that they're accessible to everyone? How will disagreement be handled? How will you manage your schedule, and what will you do if deadlines are missed or if work does not meet quality expectations?
Write a detailed timeline for your work on this project that fits into into the course assignment schedule:
When and how will you gain access to your research site and recruit participants? When, where, and how often will you conduct fieldwork? Who will do what, when? What check-ins or accountability measures will you build into your schedule to ensure that work stays on track (for example, a standing meeting, regular checks on # of survey responses, etc)? When will you begin analyzing the field data you collect (in preparation for Exhibit Analysis assignment)? How will you ensure that both partners contribute to building the project website as you begin to compile and combine your primary and secondary research? Etc...