What did I learn during the project? Though that appears to be a simple question, it is actually extremely difficult to answer. During this project I learned plenty about the value of teamwork, how to be a team, and a little about The Crucible.
The importance of teamwork is a concept that can not be underestimated. This project couldn’t have gone well unless our teamwork was perfect. I’m pleased to report that it was. Almost. However, the teamwork that went well made the project turn out fabulous. Our trailer was the best movie I have ever seen produced by students in the Class of 2016. This trailer looked fabulous because all the different skills each person has were collected together to form a great team.
The main thing I gained out of this project was an understanding of how to make a team function together efficiently. Overall, I think the organization of our project went well. However, there were several things that went wrong. The first thing that went wrong was our lack of strong leadership. We elected directors, but they were lacking the authority they needed. However, this may not be a correctable problem. This problem stems from our classmates all being equal, so it is very difficult to declare a group of classmates to be "in charge" due to our social structure. This lack of authority permeated other areas in the project too. There were several incidents where a lack of authority led to a total breakdown in organization. This occurred when different groups of people had differing ideas of what was supposed to be happening at that point in time, and acted according to their perception of what they were supposed to be doing. When these incidents played out, our leaders were seriously struggling to maintain control of the class, and it was all for naught. Our leaders didn't have contingency plans for anything, and when they needed a plan and didn't have one, things went downhill quickly. Many a time the directors were spinning their wheels hopelessly trying to get the group moving in the right direction. In conclusion, the leaders of our project needed better leadership skills and more contingency planning in order for our group to stay organized constantly.
Our next issue was our class' collective tardiness. This seriously hindered our ability to function efficiently. There were days when some class members wouldn't arrive until ten minutes of class had expired, and this limited our ability to stay on schedule. Again, due to a lack of planning, we were unprepared to reprimand our classmates for their lack of punctuality, and were unable to deal with it. This meant that our classmates were repeat offenders, and continuously showed up...