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What happens during the storming stage of team development?

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I'm curious to know what are the things that happen during the storming stage of team development. The word "storming" signifies conflicts and disagreements, so is this stage full of conflicts/fights between team members? How can the team move from the storming stage to the next (norming) stage?
asked 7 years ago by anonymous

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The storming stage is the "wildest" stage in Tuckman's team development stages. In the storming stage, team members start to test each other, some try to impose their leadership/authority over others. As such, this stage is full of conflicts (sometimes the conflicts can be very disturbing to the project).

The storming stage is characterized by competition among team members, many conflicts (as stated above) most of them are personal in nature, isolation (some team members isolate themselves to avoid competition), and individualism (team members don't work in a team).

During the storming stage, team members start understanding other team members' personalities and work ethics. They start "selecting" which team members to work with and which ones to avoid.

Sometimes the team never moves beyond the storming stage, but when it does, it is because some key team members decided to give some concessions to others. It is impossible to move to the norming stage without concessions and conflict-avoidance strategies made by some (important) team members.

The storming stage is also explained here: http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/2382/what-are-the-tuckman-stages
answered 7 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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