Developing a successful Web project requires participants with
different strengths, talents and backgrounds. If your Web project includes participants
from other schools, there is also a good chance you will be part of a new type of team, a
"virtual team" that is linked only by technology and a common goal.
creative people I know always expose themselves to a wide range of perspectives- cultural,
organizational, and personal."
Professor of Business Administration,
Harvard Business School
If your project team is "virtual" (i.e., includes team members from
other schools... in other states or other countries) you won't have the advantage of
shared past experiences or a common background. Your success will depend on intangibles
like commitment, communication, and a willingness to follow through. That's why students
should take extra care in getting to know their fellow students during the early phases of
But, the benefits of working with people from different backgrounds can far
outweigh the disadvantages. Exposing a student to a wide range of perspectives, cultural,
intellectual and philosophical can often lead to new creative insights that in turn fuels
the creative process in project development.