We are a group of Rafflesians from Singapore.
Although a team comprising members from different backgrounds, the team had one thing in common - the vision of setting up an excellent website to raise awareness on the issue of digital copyright infringement. This common vision aided us in overcoming difficulties and achieving success.
Expecting the process of creating our website to be a highly complicated one, our team decided to allocate roles based on the strengths and skills of each individual team member. By doing so, we capitalized on the niche areas which each member could perform best in.
Given his exceptional leadership talent, Shu Li was the natural candidate for the position of team leader. He oversaw and coordinated the efforts of each team member, chaired discussion meetings and delegated tasks based on the strengths of each member. Wei Zhong, being highly methodological and meticulous in his work, was assigned the role of key researcher. He pored through countless websites and books on copyright infringement, and extracted relevant material for incorporation into our website.
Shu De, with his flair for writing, was the team writer. He analyzed the information provided by Wei Zhong and wrote the content for our website. Kah Hou, being an exceptional programmer, was assigned the role of coding our website while Jared, with his artistic talent, was in charge of designing our website template.
Our team also bonded through the process of our project, as we faced many difficulties and overcame them together. The first was the lack of time; due to other commitments such as schoolwork, it was impractical to meet up frequently. To overcome this problem, most of our meetings were conducted online using Windows Live Messenger, which also allowed us to share our work with each other online.
Secondly, it was inevitable that we would have differing opinions on issues. To preserve team harmony, we would hold discussions amiably, allowing each member to give his opinion, and then reach a decision based on consensus. This was the case in deciding the focus of our website.
As Kah Hou did not have a computer at home due to his financial status, he would often visit Jared, who lived nearby, to use the computer, not just for Thinkquest but for schoolwork as well. This allowed him to fulfill his potential and churn out an excellent website.
Lastly, Shu De, being the youngest, often faced difficulties in coping with both schoolwork and Thinkquest. Hence, the rest of the team rallied around him and helped him with his studies, hence allowing him to focus on Thinkquest.