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Developing & Conducting Out-Bound Training for team building in IT industry

For managers and above category.

-by Nithin Prasad R S

Aim:
To develop and conduct Out Bound Training for team building in IT industry, for managers and above category.

Objectives:
Study the concept; IT industry, its work domain and the designations of people involved. Analyze the importance of team, its structure, challenges to teams and the necessary team culture to work together. Design, develop and conduct the outbound training for better coagulation between team members.
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IT Industry

This industry is everything from computer systems; study, design, implement and develop Information Technology and Management Systems. Robust industry and key driver of global economic growth. Has an increased productivity, particularly in the developed world. Huge economies and insatiable demand, characterize this rapidly growing sector.
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IT Industrys Work Domain


Systems architecture. Database design and development. Networking. Application development. Testing. Documentation. Maintenance and hosting. Operational support. Security services.

These are domains where a single person cannot perform alone till completion. Hence a Team is needed. A team can prove effective under situations. Efficient to successfully complete work on time every time.
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List of Designations in IT industry


Programmer Software Developer System Analyst Group Leader Team Leader Project Leader Project Manager Project Owner

People of different combinations form the project team. The theme is to work in team. Team dynamics is needed. Culture is necessary.
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Formal Project Team Structure


Project manager

Project owner Project leader

Team leader

Group leader

Group leader

Group leader

Programmers
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Software developers
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System analysts
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Challenges to form a Team


A team consists of Individual Personalities. Effectiveness depends extremely on how to overcome all the individual differences and develop them into team players. Organizations have always valued individual achievement and have employees with a highly individualistic culture. This is when the organizations seek for outbound training activities which imbibes team characteristics within the employees.

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Desired Team Culture


Have an inspiring vision Have shared values Set stretch goals Develop team leaders Synergize complementary skills Celebrate diversity Encourage team activities Empower teams Provide coaching Reward collective achievements

It is important to develop these values within the members of the team. Thus it is necessary to train the employees to imbibe these cultural values.
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Team bonding focuses - group interaction, familiarity among members, and providing an opportunity for focused networking. A Generic team building program - apart from above, provides a positive environment for process improvement within the team. Experiential learning- best form of learning. The lessons learnt are deeply embedded. The challenge of Outbound training, is the ability to debrief and bring out the learning's from seemingly unrelated activities.
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Objectives of Training

Mutual Trust. Team spirit and Team behavior. Creating comfort zone to perform better. Understand stages of team formation.
Bruce Tuckman's stages - Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing

Imbibe Discipline, Ethics, Initiative, Responsibility through self-empowerment. Stress relieve at the work place.

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Different phases
The teams mission, planning, and goal setting.
Team organization.

Pre program Phase

The operating processes of the team. The quality of interpersonal relationships. Relationships with other work groups

Customization Phase

Post Program Phase

Positive Employee Attitudes Improved Communication Highly Effective Teams Relationship Development

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Benefits of Phases

Reinforce importance of team unity and commitment. Enable members to be fully aligned with team goals. Develop awareness into interpersonal styles and their impact on others. Allows participants to see one another in new ways and focus on right things. Build higher levels of trust, and enhance interactions between team members as they meet broad range of challenges

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Training Design

Duration of training.

Two to three days for managers and above category. At least 3 to 4 activities per day. The purpose of the activity.

Activity chart for each day.

Objective behind the activity.

Conducting activity and Learning process in activity.

Define the learning outcomes clearly & transparently.


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Activity chart

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Activity Chart

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Activity Chart

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Limitations

It is a money spinner for the training providers which means it is an expensive proposition. Learning is not fully retained if it is looked at as a fun activity by the audience. Most of the training providers usually conduct activities which merely sell and not meet the need. There are activities which are based on the similar model that can be rendered within the 4 walls of any organization

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Conclusion

From OBT all people will know how to have vision, work together in order to be productive and successful. Ability to raise and resolve issues that are standing in the way of accomplishing a goal . The training includes the instruction on how to communicate better, manage conflict, understand and appreciate the skills and talents that everyone brings to the table. A full assessment of the teams need before the training.
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