Group and Team Development Discussion

We have all worked in a group or team at some point in our careers. A team is brought together to achieve a common goal. The team needs to have members who have complementary skills and who are committed to a common purpose to achieve performance goals. However, teams don’t move immediately toward performing, but instead evolve over time. There are five stages of group and team development.

  • Forming – Getting oriented and getting acquainted. High degree of uncertainty as members as they try to figure out who is in charge.
  • Storming – Personalities start to emerge, along with roles and conflicts within the group.
  • Norming – In the third stage conflicts are resolved, relationships developed, harmony and unity surfaces.
  • Performing – The members concentrate on solving problems and completing the assigned task.
  • Adjourning – Members prepare to disband. Some members may be reassigned, terminated from the group or the group is resolved.

Think about a time when you joined a new group . . . it could be at work, in a family setting or with a social group.

  • Which of the five stages was the most challenging for the group to work through, and why?
  • How might you have helped the group work through that stage differently based upon what you know now about the five stages of group and team development?

PLEASE RESPOND TO CLASSMATE DISCUSSION WHETHER YOU AGREE OR NOT & A DETAILED WHY: Which of the five stages was the most challenging for the group to work through, and why? –Storming was the most challenging because the people in my group disagree on roles for each team person, especially if more than one person want to be the leader or another sought-after position. Disagreements would arise when a person can’t agree on an approach or process to complete the assignment.

How you have helped the group work through that stage differently based upon what you know now about the five stages of group and team development? – I would always suggest everyone brainstorm about the project. Not to put their name on the paper and submit it to the leader of the group. The leader they would write down all suggestions and as a whole all combine ideas are pick through leaving the most valuable.