Models of group development

There are many models which attempt to explain the details of group development. The one presented here is by Tuckman (1965), which in certain circumstances can give an understandable explanation of what may otherwise be bewildering behaviour. But this model, it must be said, is not always relevant, particularly on short trips or where the group members know each other well. Tuckman’s model describes five stages, to which he applied catchy labels: forming, norming, storming, performing and adjourning. The popularity of his model may well have something to do with these labels.