Team

Teams are an essential part of engineering work, and team dynamics can be more complicated than interpersonal ones. This page provides resources and strategies for better understanding your team members and working within teams, whether they be physical or virtual.

  • In her internationally best-selling book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, advises women to “speak your truth” but to do so in an appropriate, yet non-threatening way—to be “not brutally honest but delicately honest.” As ...

  • In engineering teams, gender dynamics can disproportionately impact women, limiting or circumscribing their roles in those team environments.  At our last conference in Madison,  Joanna Wolfe – Director of the Global Communication Center, Teaching Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University – discusses how gender dynamics can create ...

  • Dr. Jon Leydens, co-author of Engineering Justice: Transforming Engineering Education and Practice, spoke to us at ProComm 2017 about the growing importance of intercultural communication and social justice in engineering practice, how current approaches fail to prepare our future engineers to confront these issues, and ...

  • Increasingly, engineering projects are crossing national boundaries.  Groups working together are having to work in virtual, physically dispersed teams, making communication practices both more challenging and more essential to the success of a project. While the field is still young, communication researchers have started to catalogue challenges and ...

  • We asked Greg Pogue of the IC² Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, who, with Clay Spinuzzi, hosted a session and panel on entrepreneurial communication at ProComm 2016 about the fundamentals of making a good “pitch.” Watch his response here:

  • Pam Estes Brewer, author of the IEEE-Wiley book International Virtual Teams: Engineering Global Success, will be giving an IEEE-USA sponsored webinar titled “Teaming at a Distance: Learn How to Make Remote Teams Work for You and Your Company” on September 8th, 2016, 2:00-3:00pm. Remote teams are probably ...

  • In Patricia Sheridan’s last post, she discussed some team process development strategies for teams that are coming together to create effective ways of working together. But: what can an individual engineer do to make group communication happen easily/better when they aren’t starting a new team? In this post, she ...

  • In my last post, I talked about some team process development strategies for teams that are coming together to create effective ways of working together. The focus of these posts has been on getting to see ‘who’ your team members are, and learning to understand ...

  • Most working engineers work in teams on a daily basis, making teams important to a company’s productivity. Teams skills can be essential for improving and optimizing team performance. In fact, we’ve published several articles on team communication strategies over the last year, and in its 28 February ...

  • Three key practices for getting to know and really communicating with your team members In my last post, I spoke about engineers’ and engineering students’ bias towards seeing ‘what’ their team members produce as opposed to ‘who’ their team members are and ‘how’ they can contribute ...

  • More and more, engineers are working in virtual teams, spanning the globe. What communication strategies does working in a virtual team necessitate, or what problems does it create? Yvonne Cleary and Darina Slattery of the University of Limerick present the findings of their research into communication ...

  • Yvonne Cleary and Darina Slattery of the University of Limerick present the finding of their research into communication strategies in virtual teams, identifying common problems, and strategies for improving group communication in virtual spaces. Their talk was delivered at the IEEE PCS Conference in Limerick, ...

  • For most engineers, teamwork is an important skill that is key to success in industry, but one that is not often taught or even explicitly addressed. Educators like Patricia Sheridan are trying to change that: her work focuses on engineering student design teams, but what she has found is ...

  • By Patricia Sheridan A three part series on a fundamental principle of effective group communication Too often I meet with engineers and engineering students whose teams are not functioning well. They will talk to me about the project, they will talk to me about the deliverables, and ...

  • Jon Scharer introduces us to Communities of Practice (CoP) in this podcast. Communities of Practice, both for management and practitioners, have, for a variety of reasons, become more valued of late in the workplace. Listen as Scharer highlights two key factors necessary for ensuring the ...

  • Are you interested in becoming a more competent manager? If so, then the IEEE Expert Now course, Thinking and Interacting Like a Leader, is for you. This course was developed by Dr. Kim Sydow Campbell, Professor of Management Communication and Derrell Thomas Teaching Excellence Faculty ...