Stages of Group Development: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing & Adjourning


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Jennifer, Eric, Gabriel and Maria are working together to develop a marketing plan for one of their company's newest product lines. After some initial conflict, the group started to really come together. Now, the group is highly unified and very productive. The marketing plan is practically writing itself! Which stage of development is this group in?

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1. Which of these stages represents the time when the group becomes a cohesive unit, morale is high and members actively acknowledge the talents, skills and experience that each member brings to the group?

2. Which of these stages represent the time characterized with anxiety and uncertainty when the group is just starting to come together?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What's the difference between a group getting to know each other and a group performing at its fullest capability? Use this interactive, printable quiz and worksheet to review the five stages of group development.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet and quiz will assess your knowledge of these five stages in group development:

  • Forming
  • Storming
  • Norming
  • Performing
  • Adjourning

Skills Practiced

Use these skills when working with the worksheet and quiz:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of group dynamics
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the behavior of group members during each of the five stages
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the storming and performing stages of group development

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson titled Stages in Group Development: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing & Adjourning will prepare you to:

  • Describe the changes that take place in a group during the storming stage
  • List the purposes of the forming stage of group development
  • Explain why some groups may not continue after the storming phase