Oh I most definitely feel your pain coke123.
a) Learn some fucking spelling and punctuation. It's a forum, not twitter or a text message, it's not like you have to keep to 144 characters or something. It just looks unprofessional, and we're all training to be engineers.
Now as someone who abhors the use of most text or chat speak, aka word shortening, I can understand doing this in inter-group communication.
Yes you want to be professional in your work, and in your presentation. But between team members you should also practice being less professional when no one else is really watching. I've found more often than not it tends to hold up some work; but thats just me.
b) Show some goddamn initiative. Everyone else had been checking this forum regularly and we'd all divided up the work weeks ago. In fact, I'd stated what we needed him to do only a few posts above this.
Yeah, couldn't agree with this more. I know I stepped up when my group was dragging its heels at first. I was most assuredly not the one who got the ball rolling but you can bet your ass I was not left standing there like an idiot when we needed to start divvying up tasks and getting things done.
c) Even after he had found out what he needed to do, he didn't do it... ...and he couldn't even manage that.
I totally know your pain in this one. The guy informed us he would do the executive summary, which we were told must contain as little fluff and bullshit as possible. First, and only, copy the guy produces is made up entirely of just that.
In no way acceptable, and nothing else to show after nearly a month of work.
Hell, in order to keep him involved and to at least try and credit him, the guy was tasked with working on one of the procedures and made aware that it is a priority assignment over the summary. Yeah I ended up doing that one, and the test that needed to follow it.
d) Once this report had been done and dusted, and we had started construction, his work was incredibly poor. I have never seen anyone so incredibly inept at woodwork, and that includes people who I regularly had to perform tasks for in high school woodwork. I don't know, but when I put a certain amount of effort into my work (which was the circuitry), I expect others to do the same.
All I can say is this is a form of some people trying to work smart and not hard. They know you will do the work and do it well, so they put in the minimum, if that, and ride on your efforts. They do little, but get an equal share. And a sad truth is this works, in the end you may find yourselves wanting to kick him out of the group or not attach his name for credit but find that you have no choice. You wind up having to drag him across the finish line and let him take credit he does not deserve.
In the end, one of the best, and only, options left to you is grin and bear and then in the future make sure to warn others of him. When someone becomes a pariah like that, thats when justice gets met.
I'm just thankful that we do wildly different disciplines of engineering, and so I'll almost certainly never have to work with him again. I can only hope that you have the same luxury as well.
What kind of engineering?
Right, so update time for me:
Today my four man group was supposed to meet, in order to put as much of our report together as possible, get shit done, bang out a rough draft, and see where we stand. Well low and behold, member four doesn't show up. Me, I was there working on this thing for close to nine hours, my two other team mates each have about eight under their own belts from today alone. What'd we get done? About 35 of our 60ish page report and the bulk of that come from appendix now reaching part I and will likely see a part J.
More than half our fucking report has been written up to the point that we would consider submitting those parts in the complete report. More than half, and this one guy has contributed next to nothing! I can't actually say nothing anymore, he did the grinding and polishing (though not the acid etching) for our second metallography test. Yeah, for those who know what that entails, thats his contribution so far.
Today though, we got nothing from him. No message saying he would be there, no apology for not showing up, no work, no indication that he is even doing anything; not a fucking thing. So today we made it clear, we are meeting up to continue work on the report tomorrow night, he is expected to be there with work (we have even gone so far to tell him what we want in fair detail) or consequences be damned his name is not going on the report and he will be taking a zero on 25% of his course grade, assuming that would make any difference as is.
Some people though, fucking assholes.