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June 19, 2007

New Second Life Training Simulation

How many times have you seen a project hit a brick wall of teams’ inability to work together: from mild cases of overblown ego and tug-of-war to vicious in-fighting?  Some folks think these problems can be fixed with just a little bit of extra of communication and explanation. I beg to differ. Building a team from people who like working with each other is obviously the best scenario.  If it is unavailable, serious teamwork training is in order.  These ideas were the foundation of Delta L designing Teamwork Tester. We used Second Life platform and Education Island (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Education%20Island) to create a simulation based on the following concepts:

  • Observing a group of people performing a simple task that requires group effort, provides data allowing to draw conclusions on their teamwork abilities and attitudes (that is you will find if it’s a group of quarreling individuals or a team).
  • Observations are important, but metrics is what validates conclusions. While subjects are working on the team task, each step is recorded and processed.
  • At the end of the session you receive measurable results of the performance of the team as a whole, as well as metrics of a variety of characteristics of individual members. The results are saved in the database and are accessible via the web for review, analysis and comparison of different teams / team compositions.

Along with the team characteristics, Teamwork Tester allows you to assess individual characteristics of the team members, such as:

  • speed
  • effectiveness
  • participation in the task
  • ability to finish assigned part of the work
  • helping others if needed

Important! I am writing all of this not to plug our latest and greatest product (although that as well), but to invite you to test and comment on the work and features. We are considering developing Teamwork Tester further and would like to “compare notes” with you. You can see the demo of Teamwork Tester on Education Island (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Education%20Island) and get more information at http://www.ahg.com/Second_Life/training_simulations/teamwork_tester_1.htm


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