Asee peer logo

Evaluating Effect Of First Year Engineering Teams’ Performance Using The Strength Deployment Inventory (Sdi) Assessment Tool

Download Paper |


2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008



Conference Session

FPD5 - Teaming and Peer Performance

Tagged Division

First-Year Programs

Page Count


Page Numbers

13.576.1 - 13.576.9



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors

author page

Claribel Bonilla University of San Diego


Leonard Perry University of San Diego

visit author page

Leonard Perry is an Associate Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of San Diego. He has research interests in the area of system improvement via quality improvement methods especially in the area of applied statistics, statistical process control, and design of experiments. Dr. Perry consults, instructs, and collaborates on quality improvement projects with representatives from biotech, health care, defense, and traditional manufacturing institutions. He has been an instructor for the Six Sigma Black belt training at the Six Sigma Institute for three years. He is a UCSD Certified Six-Sigma Master Black-Belt and an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer.

Ph.D. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
M.S.I.E. Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
B.S.I.E. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

visit author page

Download Paper |

NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

Evaluating effect of first year engineering teams’ performance using the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) assessment tool


The Engineering Department at the University of San Diego with the support of Personal Strength Partners (PSP) is currently using Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI), an assessment tool based on the Relationship Awareness Theory of Dr. Elias Porter. The assessment tool is used to educate the team members about each other. The theory behind the tool is that all behavior is based on motivation and that motivation changes in conflict. The tool is intended to provide an effective means for understanding one-self and for understanding others so that interpersonal relationships can be mutually productive. The tool has proven to be essential in enhancing communication and preventing conflict in different types of environments. While Myers Briggs and other assessment tools have previously been used in teaming to understand personality types and preferences, the SDI goes further by identifying the conflict sequence an individual goes through when things are not going well. In addition, SDI provides insight on how peers will potentially respond during the conflict and opposition.

The well known Tuckman model provides stages for team transformation (forming, storming, norming, performing, adjourning). However during short projects such as a semester long course, the model may not be adequate. We need a tool or model to assist teams to become effective and perform in a relative short period of time. Our focus in this study is on the performance evaluation of teams in a classroom environment with a comparison of teams exposed to the SDI tool versus teams with no knowledge of the assessment tool. The SDI team members are expected to learn how to communicate better with their peers through acceptance and appreciation while avoiding conflict which will may deteriorate or delay the success of the team. If conflict is prevented the team is able to reduce the amount of time at the “storming” stage, therefore becoming more effective in a shorter time period.

In this paper, we provide an analysis of the preliminary results based on observation and statistical analysis. The pilot group is comprised of freshman engineering students utilizing the assessment tool to study their effectiveness and hopefully aid in the success of a team assignment. We show examples of the assessment tool as well as activities to assist in the interpretation of results and recommendations.

Bonilla, C., & Perry, L. (2008, June), Evaluating Effect Of First Year Engineering Teams’ Performance Using The Strength Deployment Inventory (Sdi) Assessment Tool Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3662

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2008 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015