The five stages of group development are: forming, storming, norming,
performing and adjourning.
Forming is the first stage of group development. This stage involves
members getting to know each other, getting to know how the group operates,
and getting to know what is suitable behavior within the group. This is
generally a stage where people are wary of the new group, but also on good
behavior as most people desire to be accepted by the group.
The next stage of group development is storming, which is a stage
defined by conflict and disagreement. At this stage, people have often
stopped being in good behavior as a means of fitting in. Instead, people
begin to question the group. The actual sources of conflict vary for each
person, but can include disagreeing with their own role in the group,
disagreeing with the roles of others, feeling resentment at other group
members, disagreeing with the purpose of the group, or developing conflict
with other group members about an aspect of their behavior.
Norming is the next stage of group development. This stage occurs
after the conflicts of the previous stage have been managed. In this stage,
there is general agreement between group members. It is also at this stage
that group members have accepted each other, accepted the purpose of the
group, and accepted their own role in the group.
The next stage of group development is known as performing and is
defined as the stage of group development in which "members focus on
problem solving and accomplishing the team's assigned tasks" (Daft 603). As
the definition shows, it is at this stage that the group really begins
functioning. This is also a stage where group members generally work well
together and where the group is normally focused on the task of the group,
rather than focused on the conflicts of the group.
The final stage of development is adjourning, which is the stage that