Ithaqua group blogg

In our group we are working on a game called Aetherial. This game is basically moby dick in the sky with floating/flying enemies. You play as a ship that has to travel from the beginning to the end through a side scrolling environment that doesn’t stop until you get to the boss. I am managing an interesting group of people, who compared to some other groups actually works together very well. To start this blogg off i would like to start talking about the group contract that I have been working on. The group contract that we have for the group is important for the group itself but not as much for the teachers. It allows us to have some ground rules within the group that we can always come back to if something goes wrong or people have problems with each other. Other than putting down the ground rules for every one in the group and their responsibilities, it also explains what is allowed and that is not allowed in the group. Some of the things in the group contract are of course common sense to some people but it is still good to have them there if problems arise. The reason why I wanted to do this contract, is because we do have some problems within the group which is tardiness. It has not affected us in a very negative way yet but if it is a persistent thing, it could lead to more people thinking it is ok to be late. This can potentially lead to bigger problems down the road, including but not limited to missing the deadline for alpha and beta deadlines in the class. The group contract does include some rules for when people are late, which makes it more serious for a person that always ends up showing up late. I, as the manager am ultimately responsible for what happens to that person and will have to make sure it doesn’t happen again. One rule that we thought about, but have not implemented, is that that a tardy person has to give the group something. This could be anything from money or maybe a cinnamon bun or even a drink at a bar. Anything to discourage the person from being late or at least change the reason why they are late in the first place. Thank you for reading my first blogg.

 

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6 thoughts on “Ithaqua group blogg

  1. Hey Alex,
    you have picked an interesting topic to write about. A group contract. Something that not all groups did in this course. You have written some basics about it and that is pretty clear. However, had you put some definition of a group contract and add some of those ground rules that you have mentioned (give some concrete examples) it would be more close to the readers. The readers which are not that much in familiar to the topic. I really liked your suggestion about penalties for the ones that come late at meetings and I hope you will implement it successfully. Something that I would have to do as well.
    About the form of this article; I fell like you started to talk about the concept of the game in the first few sentences, then touched a little bit group dynamics and after that started with the actual topic of this article – group contract. Something to pay attention to in your future articles. You have covered all the questions and the article could introduce the basics to someone unfamiliar to the topic. It was interesting to read it. Good luck in your future blogging.

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  2. Hi Alex’,
    Thank you for the insights into the creation process of your group contract.
    The reason why it is necessary and how you plan on implementing it are made fairly clear.

    The formatting of your blog post, however, makes it extremely hard to read it. It would help a lot if you broke it down into paragraphs and added relevant headings to them next time. This way we can directly grasp what each section is about.
    It would also have been interesting to know more about how you decided to implement and enforce the group contract clauses – especially this being an issue for many of us.

    Tim

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  3. The start of the post should act as an introduction to the rest of the post, right now it introduces the game your group is making instead of what the actual post is about. I can understand that you would like to introduce the group and the game that you are making but maybe that is for another post.
    Disregarding the introduction, the rest of the post is very clear what it is about although it is not super clear on how the procedure of actually writing the group contract went. How much influence each group member had on the contract would be interesting to know. It would also be interesting to know what the current “punishment” is for being late since the only example given is a theoretical one.
    It would have been nice to read about the structure and content of the group contract and how you decided what to write in it rather than that you did write a group contract and the general reason for why you did it.

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  4. // Updated Comment //

    Hi Alex’,
    Thank you for the insights into the creation process of your group contract.
    The reason why it is necessary and how you plan on implementing it are made fairly clear. I would have like to some more details as to the motivations behind the rules your group decided to implement.
    It would have been also great to know how you went about creating the contract’s clauses. Did you discuss them beforehand and decide them on in a democratic fashion (i.e. voted on them); or did you take it upon yourself as manager to take the lead on the matter? I would furthermore have liked to read how you decided to implement and enforce the group contract clauses – especially this being an issue for many of us.
    The formatting of your blog post makes it extremely hard to read it. It would be helpful if you broke it down into paragraphs and added relevant headings to them next time. This way we can directly grasp what each section is about.
    Tim

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