Personal and Shared Experiential Concepts [chapter]

Louise Møller Nielsen, Christian Tollestrup
2012 Creating Shared Understanding in Product Development Teams  
Preface It is the first meeting in a new promising project. Everyone around the table is enthusiastic about the project and excited to get going. There is a good atmosphere and the discussion travels back and forth. Everyone tries to present their point of view, which results in a broad discussion on very different aspects of the project. It is discussed how the project should be understood, approached and developed. At the end of the meeting, some decisions are made in relation to the project.
more » ... ion to the project. many decisions are related to the different deliverables for the next meeting. At some point someone asks if they have reached an agreement and everyone nods their approval. Everyone leaves the meeting, confident that they know what to do. A few weeks after, it is time for the second meeting. The team spirit is still high and there is a nice buzz in the meeting room, before the meeting starts. The introduction proceeds without problems, and it is time to recap what has been done in the project since the last meeting. The different participants start presenting their promised deliverables. In the beginning everything seems fine; however after a few presentations it is clear that there are very different understandings of the project as well as the assignments for the meeting. In fact it seems as if the participants have been working in different directions and with different aims. more and more questions are asked and soon the presentations turn into a discussion about understanding of the deliverables, the project and its aim. The positive and enthusiastic atmosphere is soon taken over by mild frustration and a slight disappointment. What happened? A few weeks ago everyone nodded their approval, and seemed confident that they knew what to do. Now, it seems as if everyone is pursuing different goals and that nobody really understood each other.
doi:10.1007/978-1-4471-4180-8_6 fatcat:neg3g3lqrjao3fmpmgopjnofze