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I'm having a meeting in two hours and need lots of references and points. Basically, my university has a module for software development with a real client.

Some of my team members work in the computer lab all the time, which is an extremely noisy environment with lots of interruptions and distractions. There are about 30 people always talking. People always go on Facebook, Youtube, or tell jokes to each other in addition to doing "work". Some of my team members work 3 hours every day in this environment.

I attend our weekly team meetings and use our online project management system extensively. I address all email and have a chat client on busy, but I do get messages. I use online resources a lot and Google all my problems. However, outside the team meeting and pair programming sessions, I do most of my work in a quite environment where I can focus and concentrate and I block out all external as well as internal interruptions. I focus on my task 100%. I find that I'm about 10 times more productive this way than in the lab and I can get a lot of work done.

The problem is that our tutors or the "management" don't see me doing work in the lab. Thus, I do not appear to be working to them with the team. Thus they think I do no team work.

How can I convince them that I do team work because I have lots of communication with my team, but at the same time I like to work on my own?

What I'm looking for is how to prove that just because I work alone a lot, and I don't do all my work in the lab with the team, I'm still a productive member of the team and I still do team work.

Because they don't see me working I am about to fail a module worth half of all my credits in university in final year, and I am about the fail to get my Master of Computer Science degree.

I'm compiling a list of references at the moment.

I will be adding new ones as I find them. I need a very comprehensive answer.

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closed as off topic by Adam Wuerl Mar 10 '12 at 15:51

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interesting - can you be a bit more specific about "management" and why you have to prove this? I'm a bit confused by the set-up here? (I may also be able to help, as I taught/managed a very similar course a little while ago...) – Joe Mar 7 '12 at 13:48
Have your team members vouch for you. Show management transcripts of IM sessions/emails you've had with your team to prove team work – Atif Mar 7 '12 at 16:12
For those interested in the answers go see the question on programmers :… BTW, try not to cross post on the different websites ;) – Jonathan Merlet Mar 8 '12 at 10:32
Closed as a duplicate to an existing question on Programmers that has 27 upvotes and multiple answers with 10+ votes. I see that the same question has been closed on that site as being off-topic. Perhaps you can ask the moderators to migrate the question to this site. – Adam Wuerl Mar 10 '12 at 15:53