The team lifecycle

A team goes through various stages of development, according to Tuckman and Jensen (1977):

  • Forming: pre-team stage where people still work as individuals.
  • Storming: the team becomes more aggressive and challenges existing rules or constraints.
  • Norming: when the team works out how best to use its resources to carry out the task.
  • Performing: the team is working at its optimal best.
  • Adjourning (or mourning): the team disbands and individuals move on.
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