Applications of a Warwick Model in a Team and the Improvements to be Made

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Applications of a Warwick Model in a Team and the Improvements to be Made

April 4, 2017

The final project in this course will be based on a team (or leadership of a team) experience from your career, from either a present or previous position. The intent of this project is to use your experience (from one team, event or focus relative to teamwork) and add the Warrick model to examine each of the aspects in the model, analyze what could have been more effective, and provide recommendations based on expert literature.  The focus will be how to make improvements to create a high-performance team. As you work on this project keep in mind how this proposal will support the organization in meeting its mission and goals – this means aligning your project with the mission and goals of the organization.
The executive summary summarizes the project, this means it summarizes the contents of the paper. This includes an introduction, background information, a purpose statement, analysis tools, analysis results, resulting recommendations, and conclusions. This should be based on key points and no more than 2 pages.
You will create several items as part of this project and address each one of the Warrick modules, presenting the key concepts and explaining how you as a leader will use the models and examples from the reading, information from the text and your own experience if applicable, to demonstrate and document that you have a plan on how you will improve the situation from your experience to create high performers that support project/organizational goals. You will not be asked to implement any of the changes; instead, your goal is to provide a plan based on analysis and resulting recommendations based on expert (literature) advice on what needs improving to include the rationale behind that advice.  All parts of the Warrick model must be addressed in the project, even if not used, with an explanation of why this item is not addressed as part of the analysis.  Your project will also include two separate measures to determine if team performance was meeting expectations (the TEQ), and if the goal for which the team was created was achieved.  For the second measure you may use something that has been used in your organization previously or you may choose to develop your own based on similar examples you may find on the Internet. Both measures must reflect and support the mission and the goals of the organization.  Show the linkage between performance and goal attainment and organizational mission and goals. For both measures, strengths and areas of development will need to be discussed.
The general categories of your project will include an executive summary (instructions on how to write an executive summary are provided in the course site), a title page with all pertinent information including your name, the name of the class, the title, etc., a table of contents, a gap analysis between the reality of your experience and the key items you provide (from your situation) based on the Warrick modules (6, according to the graphic representation), and a discussion on recommendations you would make which will be supported by literature. A list of references and any appendices necessary to support your document. The estimated size for this project is 12-14 pages of content plus the references, items listed above and appendices. (around 16-20 pages). I will not read anything that is longer than 25 pages. More is not necessarily better; learn to be succinct.
•    Title page
•    Executive summary
•    Table of Contents (I recommend you use the Microsoft Word feature, this makes it easy)
•    An introduction, approximately one but no more than two pages.
•    Background information (set the stage so the situation is clear).  Include the mission and goals of the organization.
•    SWOT analysis (can include the TEQ, check with the instructor FIRST)
•    Gap analysis using Warrick article and include each component – the gap analysis identifies the issues, and the issues will show you what recommendations are necessary
•    A recommendations section based on the gap analysis (which identified the issues) you performed using the Warrick model and the SWOT analysis, including literature to support the recommendations you make. Your opinion cannot be the only rationale; it must be supported by expert opinion (literature). Use the literature as needed to support your recommendations.  Recommendations must also be in alignment with the mission and goals of the organization.
•    Conclusions (this is a section where you discuss why this is important, what may happen if performance and goals are not met, etc.)
•    A minimum of two measures are required for this project, one must be the TEQ from the Warrick article.  This is the measure of team performance. The other measure must be related to goal attainment of the task or the project (this is the business goal).  Explain how you will use these two measures to improve team performance and goal attainment. Whether you choose a survey interview questions, or whatever you choose from the literature or your personal experience, this must measure task or goal accomplishment.  None of these will be implemented, remember this is a proposal. However, you should expect to see both strengths and developmental areas as part of your overall assessment if you can implement this proposal.
•    Conclusions and plans for future team development (1 page or less)
•    References – the same reference cannot be used for more than three times unless you have approval from the instructor; a minimum of 10 academic articles is required.  The remaining references may be URLs of your choice. If used use a textbook, you are limited to three citations per textbook.  Please note 10 academic articles means articles from academic journals, this does not mean URLs from the Internet or random Internet sites –  if these are used in these are above and beyond the 10-article requirement. In addition, anything from Wikipedia, the Huffington Post, or any other opinion based publication is not allowable. If any of these (or anything like these) are included on your reference list, this will be returned to you ungraded. Also, keep in mind that anything used as a reference must be cited at least once in your project – instructions are in APA, learn them and use them.
•    Appendices are for any figures, charts, graphs, tables that you use (SWOT, Warrick, and anything else you include to support your recommendations/plan). Normally these are placed following the References; they are placed here instead of in the body of the paper because they disrupt the writing and the flow of information. Feel free to use any from class that may be appropriate; search the Internet; search articles.  Any time surveys, inventories, questionnaires, and especially models are used it is important that you explain why these fit your particular case and why they are appropriate.  It is also necessary to provide the source to avoid plagiarism. If you use a survey, provide a copy of it and explain why it fits your proposal/recommendations. In other words, make your business case. Providing your rationale is as important as what you select. APA has instructions on how to format appendices, as well as how to cite and reference. Use this information.

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