Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Chapter 22—Managing Team Projects


For each of the following questions, select the best answer according to this chapter of Power Tools for Technical Communication, and then press Check answers.

  1. Which of the following best explains why teams are emphasized in college courses—in particular, in technical writing courses?
    Because the academic world is leading business and industry toward a more humanistic, more democratic model of workplace organization and process.
    Because the experience of working in teams in colleges and universities is fun and a change of pace; it also enables students to get to know each other and thus creates a more community-oriented spirit.
    Because in business and industry, people work in teams; new hires fresh out of college need experience with working in a team, and employers look for evidence of team experience.

  2. Which of the following best explains the role played by style guides in writing projects done by teams?
    They specify guidelines for capitalization, hyphenation, punctuation, terminology, highlighting, abbreviations, acronyms, symbols, and other such.
    They show how the document will look using "greeked" text and examples of each component (such as title pages, body pages, and indexes); style and format for headings, lists, tables, notices; as well as page size, margins, fonts, headers, and footers.
    They specify dates at which various parts of the project should be completed and by whom.
    They enable members of the team to record their work in the project: what type of work they performed, on what date, between what times of the day, along with any additional comments — which enables the project manager to spot imbalances.

  3. Which of the following best describes the prototype as it is used by writing teams and explains how it is used?
    They specify guidelines for capitalization, hyphenation, punctuation, terminology, highlighting, abbreviations, acronyms, symbols, and other such.
    They show how the document will look using "greeked" text and examples of each component (such as title pages, body pages, and indexes); style and format for headings, lists, tables, notices; as well as page size, margins, fonts, headers, and footers.
    They specify dates at which various parts of the project should be completed and whom.
    They enable members of the team to record their work in the project: what type of work they performed, on what date, between what times of the day, along with any additional comments — which enables the project manager to spot imbalances.

  4. In team-based technical writing projects, which of the following best explains how documents’ technical accuracy and completeness can be ensured?
    Have editors and lead writers review the document
    Have product specialists, developers, and engineers review the document.
    Test the document using people who are representative of the target audience of the product and its document.

  5. Which of the following best explains a good way to resolve a situation in which one team member simply does not do her or his agreed-upon share of the work?
    Just ignore that team member: her or his grade will suffer, but the grades of the other team members won't.
    Get the instructor to make a decision.
    Refer to team rules and proceed as they dictate.

  6. Which of the following best describes the methods that Chapter 22 suggests for avoiding problems in which certain team members end up doing too much or too little work?
    Make sure everyone follows a style guide that lists guidelines for these issues.
    Make sure everybody uses the prototype and related templates and style.
    Make sure everyone keeps a time sheet and that the project manager reviews them for problems.

  7. Which of the following best describes what Chapter 22 recommends to ensure that team members’ initial drafts use similar wording, capitalization, punctuation, highlighting, abbreviations, acronyms, spelling, and other such mechanics?
    Make sure everyone follows a style guide that lists guidelines for these issues.
    Make sure everybody uses the prototype and related templates and style.
    Make sure everyone keeps a time sheet and that the project manager reviews them for problems

  8. Which of the following best describes the method that Chapter 22 recommends for ensuring that the overall format of team members’ initial drafts is as similar as possible—for example, page size, margins, tables, bulleted and numbered lists, and so on?
    Make sure everyone follows a style guide that lists guidelines for these issues.
    Make sure everybody uses the prototype and related templates and style.
    Make sure everyone keeps a time sheet and that the project manager reviews them for problems.

  9. Which of the following best explains the most important reason for getting the team together after the project is over?
    To discuss what went wrong, what went right, how the project could have been planned better.
    To get over the pressure and irritations of the project, have some laughs, to unwind and lighten up.
    To evaluate each team member's performance in the project and recommend grades based on those evaluations to the instructor.

  10. Which of the following is not a good explanation of why teamwork is necessary in the modern workplace?
    It is essential in completing large-scale projects which no one individual could complete within a reasonable amount of time.
    Large-scale projects typically require many different types of expertise: technical, marketing, graphics, documentation, distribution management, etc.
    That is the way graduates are used to working as a result of their studies in colleges and universities.


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