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We can't expect our new teams to perform well when team members first come together. It takes time to get people working together effectively, and team members often go through recognizable stages as they change from being collections of strangers to united groups with common goals.
Psychologist Bruce Tuckman's Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing model describes these stages. When you understand it, you can help your new team become effective more quickly. He first came up with the memorable phrase "forming, storming, norming, and performing" in his 1965 article, "Developmental Sequence in Small Groups." He used it to describe the path that most teams follow on their way to high performance. Later, he added a fifth stage, "adjourning" (which is sometimes known as "mourning").
We look at how you can use this model to build a highly-productive team, in the video.