The 14 Types Of People In Every Group Project

The question isn’t if you’ll have a group assignment… it’s when. At least Office and SkyDrive will keep your team work and documents synced and organized, so you can focus on the important things. Like finishing. And, you know, not strangling your teammates.

1. Team Perfect


“Assigned randomly” your foot. Their synergy of skills is downright unfair. Their team name is so clever it makes you cringe. Their collective laughter cuts through study rooms. Yes, you hate them, but you also want to be them.

2. Titanic: The Group

Jake / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / Flickr: whateva


3. The Boundless Ball Of Infinite Energy

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He is a tornado of typing, two weeks ahead of the reading, and a likely source of perpetual energy. Aside from the massive output of work this one produces, you can get a caffeine high simply by standing nearby.

4. The No Show


Does not show up for meetings. Does not care that this project is worth 35%. May not even be a real person.

5. The Snack-Bringer

Glenn Batuyong / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: glennbatuyong

If this project kills you, it won’t be be from starvation.

6. Already Besties

sagriffin305 / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: passion_in_action

Two BFFs are in the same group and are really good at letting everyone know that. What luck.

7. The Morale Booster

Mo Riza / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: moriza

Strengths: finding funny things.
Weaknesses: most everything else.

8. “I’m So Tired Guy”

MC Quinn / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: mcquinn

This person is amazing at letting others know how many hours of sleep he’s gotten over the past few days.

9. “Back of Phone Girl”

BuzzFarmers / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: buzzfarmers

You all assume that she has a face, but the only one who knows is her screen.

10. Cracker of Whips

Do. Not. Cross. (Sense of power may also be imagined)

11. Member of a Thousand E-mails

Lars Plougmann / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / Flickr: criminalintent

“I can only meet this Thursday.”
“Yeah! Tuesday is perfect.”
“Wait, that e-mail was meant for another group. I’m actually cool with Thursday.”
“Never mind. Something came up.”

12. Your Equal

CollegeDegrees360 / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / Flickr: 83633410@N07

Oh, finally. Someone who’s not crazy.

13. Master of Making Shiny Objects

Simon Fraser University / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: sfupamr

With a glue stick and Photoshop, she can transform a pile of fluffy research into a dazzling of distraction that will leave any T.A. dumbfounded.

14. Pile of Mess

Ben W / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / Flickr: wlscience

It isn’t an actual person, but this aftermath of notes and papers is always substantial enough to be considered the final group member.

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