Introduction to 5 stages
There are 5 stages of team development that are necessary to go through in order for teams to fully function properly
Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing deal with the growth of the group and all are associated with different levels of productivity within the group. The last stage, Adjourning, deals with the wrap-up activities of the group
Stage I: Forming
Stage I: Forming - characterized by awkwardness and ambiguity. Lots of uncertainty about the teams purpose, structure and leadership. This stage ends when members of the group begin to feel as part of the team
Stage II: Storming
The Stroming stage of group development is characterized by intragroup conflict. Members of the group accept the existence of the team but struggle with leadership and individuality. This is the most difficult stage for groups to advance from and it only occurs once a true hierarchy is established
Stage III: Norming
During the Norming stage teams begin to demonstrate cohesiveness and developing team relationships and an identity. The Norming stage is over when the team develops a common set of expectations and appropriate behavior
Stage IV: Performing
The point at which the team is fully functional and at its most productive is known as the Performing stage. This is the pinnacle stage of team development.
Stage V: Adjourning
Adjourning only applies to temporary groups or teams. Adjourning is the process of the team disbanding and wrapping up the end of activities.
The Stages of Team Development
Below is a mash up of segments from cult classic Remember the Titans demonstrating the stages of Team Development.