If you are working with a team on a class project, go through a learning cycle as a team. Write…
If you are working with a team on a class project, go through a learning cycle as a team.
Write down the problem or challenge assigned to your team as you originally understood it. What is MOV (i.e., performance-based goal) that your team is trying to achieve? Using the following table as a guide, write down what you know (facts), what you think you know (assumptions), and what you don't know (questions to be answered). Be sure to challenge any opinions or assumptions before concluding they are facts.
Once you and your team members finish brainstorming facts, assumptions, and questions, develop an action plan and assign responsibilities for each member of the team using the following table as a guide. Agree on a meeting day and time so that each member has a chance to complete his or her assignment and so that the team can meet to discuss these findings.
After everyone has had a chance to complete his or her action-learning assignments, the team should meet to share this information. Each member should take a turn presenting what he or she found. While a team member is presenting what they found, the other members must listen carefully and not challenge any of the information presented. Clarification questions are fine. After each member has had a chance to present her or his findings, the team should focus on the following questions:
a. Is there anything we know now that we didn't know before?
b. Were there any surprises? Have we gained any new insights? If so, what are they?
c. What assumptions have been supported and not supported?
d. How well is the team progressing?
e. The answers to these questions should be documented. Once documented, the team has completed one full learning cycle. The next step is to start over and reframe the project challenge as you did in Part a.