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Based on the theory of Tuckman's team formation, we will see the team will having 5 stages of formation from forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. However the additional of fifth formation of adjourning only added in 1977. In this article I would like to share the idea of team building and this is part of technique for us to expedite the formation of the team.

When normally we can plan for the team building, which stages of the team formation is applicable for this activities? For me the team building can be done in any of Tuckman's Theory, however, the we should understanding the idea of having team building. The idea is to prosper the relationship between all team member of the team. This might be a challenge at the beginning of the project since the team member are new and not know each others among the team. Thus, this team building concept is to enhance the relationship as well as to create understanding between all of team member.

What the team building stand for? Referring to the wikipedia the team building is define as Team building is a collective term for various types of activities used to enhance social relations and define roles within teams, often involving collaborative tasks. It is distinct from team training, which is designed to improve the efficiency, rather than interpersonal relations.

I have handling many projects and participated in many team building, and I assure a part of the having off-day from routine office hours, we check in at remote area to have this team building program either at forest, beach area or any other location that remotely from office areas, this team building is great to know each other among the team.

Recently, I have participated one team building organised by my project at Ulsan, Korea. The team building activities just a day, by having hiking activities early in the morning and lunch together after the program. It is great to have this program even though it is only half day program but we have having a lot between the team especially create the bonding between the team. We start to recognise and knowing other people in the team. In the office we might not have the good time to chit chat since each of us having occupy with duty works or jobs to be done.

This off-work time we have spent together, can create the time for all the team member chit chat and to know each other. A part from that, we also can see the beautiful scenery of Ulsan, Korea especially in the eve of Cherry Blossom. Thus in summary for me the intention of the team building are;

1) To prosper the relationship between the team member

2) To know each other by having the time we spent together in the team building

3) To build the trust and ownership of the project that all team member handles

I hope my short article provide the simple introduction of team building, I hope any constructive comments on my article.

Thank You.

Sahir Ahmad, PMP

Posted on: April 22, 2016 03:04 AM | Permalink

Comments (4)

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Nice article Sahir !!

Here are my views in addition to above -

1. Ensures effective work environment within team by establishing and maintaining positive working relationships built on mutual respect and trust.
2. Ensures strong connections
3. Focuses on and recognizes the success of team
4. Ensures a constructive environment to resolve disagreements and accomplish team goals

Great insights. I have a question - How would you deal with someone who genuinely does not fit in with the team no matter what you try?

Thank you Sahir. Great insights.
I like that you have an equal focus on team members getting to know each other informally as well as as formal team members. That "off-time" bonding is so important.

Team building is of utmost importance. Thank you for sharing.

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