Five or six years ago I was fascinated by the amazing difference in the performance of project teams that were working on similar challenges. I had the chance to attend a workshop for 4 teams all starting out on new projects. they were of similar size and makeup and all reported to the same director. Within a month I could detect the different rates of progress and realised that I was seeing Tudor Rickard's theory of team performance unfold as I watched! In his book Handbook for Creative Team Leaders he and co-author, Susan Moger, talk of Teams from Hell, Standard Teams and Dream Teams.
I had been to his lecture at a Design Symposium earlier in the year where he explored the extremes which he called Teams from Hell and Heaven, which I have summarised on this slide:
Rickards builds on Tuckmans 4 (5)-stages of growth theory which he called The title picture summarises Peter Senge's work on Learning Organisations in his book The Fifth Discipline which says that for optimal learning one needs 5 key tools: