Forming stage

There is usually some excitement about being part of the team and getting the project started. Members often have both positive expectations for the team experience and some apprehension around how they will contribute and the project itself.

A photo of a group of students meeting.


Common behaviors include lots of questions from team members, reflecting both their excitement and the apprehension of working together.

Team tasks

It is important to set a clear structure, goals, direction, and roles.

Team members should:

  • Discuss the project and set clear deadlines, objectives, and communication plans.
  • Assign roles to each team member that build upon individual strengths and interests.