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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Strategic Planning by Lin Grensing-Pophal

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Stages of Team Development

Skilled facilitators know that dynamics change over time as the group becomes more comfortable with its mission and with each other. Understanding the stages of team development can help facilitators anticipate challenges and manage the expectations of the group. The stages are predictable and require different types of facilitation skills. All groups go through these changes, so facilitators, leaders, and team members should not be frustrated or disheartened when they find themselves engaging in significant disagreement or conflict over issues. It’s to be expected!
Bruce Tuckman, a psychologist, developed the most commonly used framework for team development in the 1960s—forming, storming, norming, and performing. ...

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