B. W. Tuckman discovered that teams go through development stages beginning with the forming stage and ending with the adjourning stage. Just after a new team is formed it usually migrates into the “storming” stage where conflict develops over how it is going to reach its team goal, how its members are going to work together efficiently, and how it is going to make team decisions, to name a few. In my eight-year study of over 300 teams I have found that over half of these teams were stuck in the storming stage. What advice would you give to a team leader who wants a successful team but it remains stuck in the storming stage?
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MICHAEL D. TAYLOR, M.S., MPM, FAAPM, has more than 30 years of project, outsourcing, and engineering experience. He is principal of Systems Management Services, and has conducted project management training for companies such as Sun Microsystems, GTE, Siemens, TRW, Loral, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and Inprise. He also taught courses in the UCSC Extension Leadership and Management Program (LAMP), and was a guest speaker at the 2001 Santa Cruz Technology Symposium. He is a member of the Project Management Institute and has been teaching at UCSC Extension since 1995. In addition to teaching project management courses at UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley, he regularly contributes relevant articles to the International Community for Project Managers (ICPM), and the Project Manager's HUT, considered to be the largest database of categorized Project Management articles. Website: www.projectmgt.com firstname.lastname@example.org