Everest Simulation

The most serious problem in our simulation is ineffective information sharing. The simulation lasts 6 rounds and members should analyze information and determine how much information to communicate in each round. Failure to adequately analyze information as a team has negative consequences on our team performance.
1. Personal bias    
One key barrier to information sharing is personal bias which stems from the recognizable and meaningful role distinction. The basic need for self-esteem encourages members to set themselves apart from others in ways that enhance their image and success. For example, in the simulation, team members were assigned different roles with different tasks to accomplish. When members seek better outcomes for themselves, they will only deliver and accept information that fits with their individual need.
2. Lack of trust
Another barrier to information sharing is the lack of trust. In the simulation, all team members identified and circumscribed the territory which includes physical space as well as other intangible objects like ideas and information. For example, nobody was willing to provide the information that he possessed.     Team members could not share information freely and openly without trust.
3. Information complexity
In the simulation, over loaded interweaving information reduces our ability to concentrate effectively on the most important messages. In each round, we need to discuss whether to attempt to reach the next camp en route to the summit based on the information of supplies, oxygen bottles, hiking speed, health and weather. The allocation of oxygen bottles requires calculations.
In a team work, communication is the process by which meanings are perceived and understandings are reached among team members. In the simulation, several barriers prevented the sender and the receiver from perceiving the message in the same sense.
1. Language Barriers
Different languages, vocabulary, accent, dialect often represent a...