Group Collaboration Plan

Posted: Monday, Sept 12
Due: Tues, Sept 20, 11:59PM

Final Selections

Your team assignments are here and the peer evaluations of the project pitches are here.

The selected pitches are:
  1. Access Alert
  2. Air Art
  3. Camera-based Palette Selector and Drawing Tool
  4. Competitive Accelerometer Tracing Game
  5. Conquest: The Running Application for Gamers
  6. Find My Car
  7. Group Study Anywhere! A real time study group finder
  8. Group Travel Member Locator and Planning Application
  9. Hidden Gems: Finding Local Highlights Wherever You Are
  10. Inspiring People to Run by Employing the Psychology of Collecting
  11. Snackler! We Know Exactly How Much and When You Need to Snack
  12. Tracking Hydration Levels

Assignment Overview

In this assignment, you will collaboratively write a group collaboration plan for your semester project. The goals of this assignment are to:
  • Provoke a discussion about teamwork with your new team
  • Have you think about and share with your teammates what you feel your strengths and weaknesses will be on the project
  • Have you put together a brief collaboration plan (e.g., setup weekly meetings, share each others' emails)

Before writing the plan, I encourage you to read Alison Burke's article entitled Group Work: How to Use Groups Effectively, which outlines some of the advantages and pitfalls with group work in higher education.

The Report

The report should be no longer than 1.5 pages. You should use a 10- or 11-point serif font for the prose typeface. You should choose and be consistent with heading fonts. The document layout should be single column.

Section 1: Summary of Team Members

List team member along with primary contact information. Summarize each team member's previous team work experience, design experience, programming experience, and internship experience. Summarize self-professed strengths and weaknesses.

Section 2: Define an Effective Team

Collectively, I want you to define what makes for an effective team. What are some key attributes? This should be 3-4 sentences at most.

Section 3: Collaboration Plan

Compose a collaboration plan. Schedule at least one weekly meeting for status updates and progress reports. How will you work together as a team? How do you plan to divide up the labor? Will you elect/define a leader or organize in a more egalitarian fashion? Who will take responsibility for turning in the reports?

Section 4: Primary Goal This Semester

I want a one sentence primary goal for your team and the project. This is your overarching aim for the semester, which should be collaboratively written and agreed to by all.

Section 5: Commitment Statements & Consequences

Collaboratively write a group commitment statement along with clearly stated consequences for not meeting those commitments (e.g., bringing donuts to next team meeting, when to email the professor to intervene about a problem).

Section 6: Signatures

Finally, at the end of the document, each team member should print and sign their name agreeing to the report and their commitments.


Here are a few high-quality examples from previous semesters. Note that we change our assignments each year (from small changes to significant overhauls), so please follow the instructions in this assignment and the rubric closely.


You will submit your PDF report to Canvas. We will deduct 20% for each page over the limit (prorated for partial pages).


You can download the rubric as an Excel file below:

We've also taken a screenshot of the rubric for your convenience. You can click on the image below to enlarge: