Team Development

At the completion of this brief training module the trainee will be able to identify and describe the five stages of team development

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.


Question #1

  • Forming
  • Storming
  • Norming
  • Performing
  • Adjouring
Rank the steps of Team Development in order

Question #2

  • Storming
  • Norming
  • Adjourning
  • Forming
Joe is feeling frustrated because he feels Jen is trying to emerge as the group leader. There is a lot of internal conflict within the group, and the team members are feeling uncomfortable with the development of the team. The team is most likely in which phase?

Question #3

  • Forming
  • Norming
  • Performing
  • Storming
Joe gets home and tells his wife: "things with the team are going great! we have never worked better. I feel like we are at our peak productivity!" Joe's team is in which stage?


You should now be able to identify and explain the 5 stages of Team Development!