Group Work – Using the Tuckman Theory
There are most likely hundreds of group management coaches; and with so many; there will be many theories of group work dynamics. Most likely all the theories out there, however, will indeed be based on the Tuckman theory inasmuch as his defined stages are indeed a “human” progression.
Project leaders need to explore these stages while also keeping in mind the importance of group dynamics and, for small teams, understanding how group dynamics are achieved.
The human element of any group is a key factor when looking at managing and directing teams in any project. To master any theory of group work dynamics, you must let the appropriate stages evolve, handle conflict, and not only monitor teams, but learn to judge how well a team works as a unit and know when to pull team members out or introduce new members if the need arises.
In keeping with our Tea Party theme, if your group members have much dissension and convey breaking into subgroups would be beneficial, the personality types within your teams may be not evenly balanced. It will take some time to be a winning leader when it comes to implementing theories of group work dynamics--but with a little practice, you can build strong teams.