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Exercises

1: In the following scene, Benjamin (project team member), Frederick (project team member), and Rita (project team member) are seated in the conference room.

Benjamin: Well, the plan is to meet with contractors on the 10th of February. I’ve reserved that date with our conference call bridging service, so they can both structure and monitor our call.

Frederick: Is there any way we can videoconference that call? Since the contractors are in London, I’d feel better if they could see us instead of just hear us.

Rita: Yeah, I’ve never met them face-to-face, and I don’t want to be uncomfortable when we’re trying to work out the terms of our agreement.

Benjamin: Why, I don’t know if that will be possible though because I don’t know if our videoconferencing equipment is compatible with what they have to offer.

Frederick: Well, if the two systems aren’t compatible, could we rent a system that would work on our system?

Benjamin: It’s possible. We’ll just have to see if it’s within our budget. Now, Rita, why don’t you go ahead and call our contractor and see if our equipment will be compatible with what they have to offer. If that’s not the case, call London and see how much renting equipment there will cost.

Considering the drawbacks of each technology, how will choosing the right technology that fits into the team’s budget increase the understanding of the team’s communication needs? Explain by giving examples.

2: Watch the movie clip and then discuss the following:

Why should the team leader underestimate the team’s competency with technology? Explain by giving examples.




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