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What is the best way to keep teams together?

Whenever teams formed, they go through forming, storming, norming, and performing stages (Bruce Tuckman model).

If we keep the same team long time, they will be in performing stage. What is the best way to keep the team together for a long time to get excellent performance.
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Educate senior management on the multiple benefits of long lived teams and show the waste created by having to go through the early stages of Tuckman's ladder for every project.


I disagree, its not necessary that long live teams could be the high performing teams. It depends a lot on culture we maintained within the teams, embracing diversity with inclusiveness. All other PM areas play a role in managing Team starting with defining the scope to setting meaningful goals and executing the same. Teams could move from forming to performing within no time to years and years.

Agree with Krishna. Teams to be dispersed once project/purpose is completed. continuing the same team for further projects may be detrimental in terms of skillset

Knowledge Workers stay only as long as necessary and fulfilling for them. Some corporations also promote mandatory out-rotation to prevent complacency.

I fully agree with @Krishna here. In fact, long time teams will decrease performance and productivity.

I think it is untrue that a team that stays together for long WILL have decrease performance and/or productivity. They MIGHT if they are not looked after and I think that is the question. How to keep them performing.

While these are always important they become more so as time moves on:

a) Make sure that goals stay focused and are clear. We tend to set them and forget them.
b) Incentives are important. Often the extra mile during month 1 becomes the norm in month 6 and expected in month 12.
c) Keep up training and development. People feel wanted if an investment is made in them and their careers.
d) Keep up the feedback, positive and negative, always constructive.

I agree with @Krishna.
Change is something which is permanent. Shifting resources across teams can be tricky but helps to increase collaboration, understanding and support among bigger groups. Most importantly sharing of new thoughts and knowledge will help in better performance.

Results can be quick or may take some time depending on the company/team culture and individuals thought process and definitely on you as PM.

time is only one factor. it has to do with other factors. It doesn't mean that if you keep a team for a longer time, you are going to have an excellent team.

All projects are unique and temporary. Any team will be driven and motivated by the shared vision, culture, projects, budget or lack of and more.

You mention teams and duration. Are these operational teams, program teams, project teams or other? Also, if it is a project; waterfall, hybrid, agile, virtual or other? Also, what is a long time: 6 month, 3 years, or more?

Why do you assume that time in place as a team = high performance? Lots of things can happen when you lose a leader, hire a new team members, lose a critical team member and the list goes on....

Pench, I also agree with Krishna and Sergio long team is more seen in maintenance and production not projects and long time team is hardest to accept change management, oh we've been doing this for twenty years plus they lack new ideas for Kaizen
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