I don't believe there is a right or wrong answer, because like you said during that alone time "your brain flow". Sometimes team can be distracting, but then there are time a team bring out the best in you and are needed to accomplish certain task.
I am a firm believer that working in a team environment is essential to developmental growth within the workplace. I enjoy sharing ideas and collaborating with others. It is also eye opening when you hear about other experiences unlike your own. I think it is natural in first interactions to judge and draw our own conclusions; and it is surprising to find out things we did not assume. People excel in areas we may still need to improve upon. Ultimately, I think teams are beneficial and rewarding.
Julian, I agree that group projects aid in eliminating bias. In this environment people are able to voice their opinions and give a different perspective. I think that people who can work together get more from their jobs. My experience has shown that groups can be beneficial if I had any questions regarding an assignment. Sometimes other members can clarify without having to reach out to a supervisor. There are instances when working alone is needed. There can be outside factors that would prohibit us from completing assignments and we just need to work on that alone. I think we can all agree that being in a group setting is beneficial.
I also agree with the notion of not dismissing solo work professor Jones. Even in working with a group you have to spend individual time alone in your on mind to contemplate an idea before it is presented to the group. However i feel that there are certain road blocks that can be avoided by taking yourself off the playing field as an individual and I also know that this method will come with its own set backs as well.