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Team Formation In The Ece Capstone Course and Studying Impact

Teamwork is one of the essential learning outcomes of a capstone design program. As no two teams are the same, each will go through fundamentally different experiences throughout the various phases of their capstone design projects. The most successful capstone teams will have a balance of technical and non-technical competencies and may also have complementary personalities. Without such a balance, it is difficult for the teams to navigate the various challenges of the team project successfully. Based on various studies, several intangible properties, such as trust and security, also affect a team's success. Thus, it is vital to have solid team formation & establishment techniques as well as rigorous teamwork assessment rubrics and methods to set the teams up with their best chance for success. This paper describes a team formation technique used for an electrical and computer engineering capstone design class. This method takes technical and non-technical skills as well as individualized personality profiles & other intangible details into consideration. Tools for assessing technical and non-technical competencies before team formation are introduced. The paper explains each parameter in detail and its impact on the capstone team formation process and its potential impact on team success or failure. Rubrics used for team assessment, individual member assessment, and project success are shared as well. The team formation technique described in this paper has demonstrated a marked improvement in the team's final assessments and feedback collected over the dataset.

Rachana Gupta
North Carolina State University
United States

Greg Dunko
United States


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