Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 2010


Robert Dryden

Course Title

Communication and Team Building

Course Number

EMGT 522


Concurrent engineering, Project management -- Methodology, Engineering design -- Management -- Case studies


This report was completed as a Graduate Class Exercise in the EMGT 522 “Communication and Team Building” class at Portland State University during the Fall 2010 term. This intent of this report is to apply concepts and techniques learned in class to a real life application in order to demonstrate a working knowledge of the information learned in class. The class generally consisted of weekly lectures along with case study readings and written case study analysis.

This report describes a case study style report on how the effectiveness of Engineering Design Teams (EDT’s) might be increased by focusing on techniques researched and developed to turn working groups and so-called “Teams” into truly Extra-Ordinary Teams. It is further hypothesized that the Extra-Ordinary Teams will be better able to meet established deign project critical success criteria as well as providing a better design project as an outcome. Of the four authors of this paper, three of them are working professionals within the engineering design community and collectively bring with them over forty years of engineering design experience. This experience allowed the authors to inform the content of the paper as well as constructively conduct research on this topic.

The paper initially attempts to describe the general time-dependent project management methodology used by most design teams, capture the unique characteristics of these teams and finally describe some common critical success factors of these projects. Then the paper describes two generally accepted time-dependent models of team formation to compare and contrast how these models might be overlapped with the project management timeline in order to see areas of typical project and determine how these dilemmas might be addressed. Finally the paper concludes with recommendations to be considered by engineering design teams in order to improve team performance and project deliverables.


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