What do I learn from the group working?
My group took four days of working on the presentation, it was the good learning experience especially on the decision making. Although, from my angle, in some points were not robust decision judging, I had learned to negotiate, brainstorm and critical analyzed through the case study.
The first day of group meeting, we have made a clear understanding of the objectives of this given case but we faced many unclear issues. We first assumed based on our own understanding for example, the date of possible staring production. Then, as the group we had consensus to go back and ask our module leader, Jeff. From this point, I am truly appreciated that we had ask to get the clear instruction. In the real life when we face the unclear situation and it is possible to ask. Then we are better to do so rather than just doubt and keep doing without the clear direction.
The second day, we had constructed the outline presentation and analyzed the techniques and tools that we could use. We had produced as many ideas as possible. All ideas are carefully listened since we are all come from different backgrounds. Besides, we had a deep discussion about the tools, for example SMART and decision tree. I found both techniques are powerful, particularly when we have various alternatives on hand. In SMART, I recognize the importance of interrelationship between the value and the cost. Furthermore, this tools also guided us to see the sensitivity which can confirm the level of our robust decision making. However, the challenge which I found was the consideration of criteria. For myself, in the future if I apply these tools I would more carefully about the chosen criteria as well as the weight graded.
The third day was finalized the presentation, we decided to apply tools as listed: Rich pictures, decision tree, AHP, SWOT, and PESTEL. Cleary, since we had been discussing all these tools and techniques I understand more and not be afraid if I have to use it again. Nevertheless, through this process it was not the challenge to use the tools but it was about the founded information and critical analyzed. We were not sure to what extent we should rely on the information, so the group consensus was very helpful to summarize the task and made it done. In brief, I have learned to evaluate the tools as well as the founded information.
The final day, we were going through the whole presentation together with the aim to analyzed and double checked the result once again. As the group working I have found that we gain more board perspective and made healthier judgment rather than individual. Nevertheless, we diagnose the group pitfalls were the limitation of risk taking and the minority of in depth information. To improve this areas, personally, I prefer to spend more time finding and justifying information.
All in all, the group assignment is obvious advantages since it is allowed us to practice the robust decision making through the simulation of real life situation.