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March 05, 2013

Social bias on practice

To my mind, working on a project with the team is the perfect research field for exploring and analyzing social biases on practice. Actually, I even can’t say that this specific task is difficult but the way in which we work together, constant debates and different perceptions of how we can go about this task – are the main issues that we dealing with.

So, what does affect our progress in team working? Considering lectures’ materials, I have an assumption that the root is in the set of personal biases. It’s for sure that each individual have there own biases in decision-making. Now imagine group of individuals, each with their own perceptions, judgments and attitude to work, - now teamwork is becoming a mess and chaos, that is difficult to control.

Solution has to be find in order to learn how to work together effectively and have only constructive discussions which aim is not to argue but came to one optimal decision. Before providing solution, I have to admit, I was very skeptical to standards and regulations that companies usually apply to team meetings, but now, I see them as very useful tools that can improve discussion process and minimize the time of decision making. I found some examples of these procedures:

  • PepsiCo. Doing it in a SMART way. Firstly, the Specific topic should be chosen before the meeting. Secondly, group tries to identify the Measurements of this problem. They then, decide if this measurements are Attainable or not, other words, if it possible and real to collect data on these measurements. After, team go back to the problem and see if their work is Relevant and check if they still on the right track. Finally, team puts boundaries, such as Time to decision to be made.
  • Philip Morris has its own formula for meetings. Defining Agenda => Sending brief to all participants.=> Monitoring the meeting and forming the report by using RASCI (responsibility, accountability, support, advice and information)

What our group stops from setting an agenda before the meeting, then exchange the found information and in the meeting put it all together? Seems to be logical and right but in reality sometimes we forget about formal prosidures even if they are extrimly useful.


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