Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 2000


Dragan Milosevic

Course Title

Communications and Team Building

Course Number

EMGT 522/622



In summarizing the experiences of our EMGT 522/622 team for this term, we have chosen to use the paradigm of Forming, Storming, Norming Performing, and finally, Adjourning, as described in chapter 6 of [1]. Although some aspects of team formation are artificial in a class setting, this nonetheless provides a convenient framework around which to organize our thoughts and observations. For example, the forming and storming stages were greatly compressed because of the class schedule and assignments. There was thus no need for any long and drawn-out process of trying to come up with an appropriate goal. This, of course, is the most difficult part of real teamwork; many teams fail before they even start. Nevertheless, the Team Handbook and other ‘procedural’ class references [2, 3] provided useful tools for both conducting team meetings, and analyzing the team’s performance. Examples of some of these tools are given in the Appendices, where we have reproduced our Team Meeting Protocol, Team Charter, Team Gantt Chart, and a schematic summary of the Team Success Surveys averaged over the team members’ individual judgments of the successful aspects of the Team Meetings during the course of the term. The question in the title of this report refers to our own questioning of whether or not we have actually formed a team, as defined by Katzenbach and Smith in chapter three of [4]: A team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they hold themselves mutually responsible. We believe that we can answer ‘yes’ to this question; but in order to understand why and to see how the team actually formed, we will now consider the five stages of team development in sequence. Forming


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