Questions to Ask Before Starting a Team Project

My daughter is in high school, and every time her class has a group project, I am sure to hear about it. Why? Because sometimes her archrival happens to be in her group, and other times her best friend is (happy days ahead). No matter what, I’ll hear about the group slacker, and definitely about that controlling person ordering everyone around.

Do these roles sound familiar to you? Many of us can relate, which is unfortunate because teamwork is such an essential soft skill. Some jobs require more teamwork than others, but there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself as part of a team at some point during your life.

Many advice articles about teamwork focus on communication (which is another essential soft skill – check it out in this blog post). These skills are connected, but before you can have success in communication, you need to ensure you’re organizing a team in the best way possible by asking a few questions. You’d be surprised how many people DON’T ask these three essential questions before embarking on a team project.

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