Team Development

Talking team development: the voices of Forming, Storming, Norming & Performing

Introduction

I like to think that if he had not become an eminent educational psychologist, Bruce Tuckman would have been a successful lyricist in the world of pop music. It’s now more than fifty years since the seminal paper (1) in which he coined the phrase ‘Forming, Storming, Norming & Performing’ and gave us a catchy refrain or ‘hook’ on which to hang our understanding of the process through which small groups develop. The snag, as with so many songs, is that the chorus is the only bit that we remember clearly.

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