Tuckman's Team Development Model

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For each stage of team development outlined in Tuckman’s model, suggest 2 strategies a team could adopt to move through each stage with minimum disruption to the team’s performance and effectiveness. Briefly justify the strategies you are suggesting, drawing on what you have learned in previous modules.

Below is the so information on Tuckman's 4 stages of team development:


In this stage, most team members are positive and polite. Some are anxious, as they haven't fully understood what work the team will do. Others are simply excited about the task ahead.

As leader, you play a dominant role at this stage, because team members' roles and responsibilities aren't clear.

This stage can last for some time, as people start to work together, and as they make an effort to get to know their new colleagues.


Next, the team moves into the storming phase, where people start to push against the boundaries established in the forming stage. This is the stage where many teams fail.

Storming often starts where there is a conflict between team members' natural working styles. People may work in different ways for all sorts of reasons but, if differing working styles cause unforeseen problems, they may become frustrated.

Storming can also happen in other situations. For example, team members may challenge your authority, or jockey for position as their roles are clarified. Or, if you haven't defined clearly how the team will work, people may feel overwhelmed by their workload, or they could be uncomfortable with the approach you're using.

Some may question the worth of the team's goal, and they may resist taking on tasks.

Team members who stick with the task at hand may experience stress, particularly as they don't have the support of established processes or strong relationships with their colleagues.


Gradually, the team moves into the norming stage. This is when people start to resolve their differences, appreciate colleagues' strengths, and respect your authority as a leader.

Now that your team members know one another better, they may socialize together, and they are able to ask one another for help and provide constructive feedback. People develop a stronger commitment to the team goal, and you start to see good progress towards it.

There is often a prolonged overlap between storming and norming, because, as new tasks come up, the team may lapse back into behavior from the storming stage.


The team reaches the performing stage, when hard work leads, without friction, to the achievement of the team's goal. The structures and processes that you have set up support this well.

As leader, you can delegate much of your work, and you can concentrate on developing team members.

It feels easy to be part of the team at this stage, and people who join or leave won't disrupt performance.

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Tuckman's Team Development Model

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Developing the capabilities of team members and improving the relationships between
them is one of the most important investments that a team leader can do. Strengths of team
members can only be brought out only if all the participants can argue, disagree, and integrate.
According to Tuckman, understanding the dynamics of team development is one of the biggest
challenges for a team leader or manager. Team development involves forming, storming,
norming and performing and none of these steps can be substituted at any point, and the order of
the processes must flow naturally

During the forming stage, it is essential to be able to establish the limits by which
individuals can interact. Since most members are new to each other and are not used to each
other, it is valuable to encourage members of the team to ask questions and understand th...

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