The Tuckman-Jensen analysis of the stages of team building has become a foundational piece in understanding how teams come together or pull apart, how they perform well or fail to meet desired results.
Tuckman and Jensen state that teams go through five stages of team development:
1. Forming—the search for commonalities
2. Storming-breaking away from false harmony into individual power displays, leading to rifts between team members. There is a tension in this stage between unity and individualism.
3. Norming-behavior in this stage is more about consensus between team members and more of a shift from “I” to “We.” Read more