Project Planning Research Paper

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Fredrick L. Harris
Professor Greg Wilson
Project Planning BBA 4126
21 May 2009



The purpose of this paper is to discuss the life cycle of team development. How the stages of a project team works towards an end conclusion. The benefits of a project team and the risks of allowing the project team to exist beyond its original goals.
The five stage team development consists of five stages; forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. This is the Tuckman Model introduced in 1965, by Bruce Tuckman. This model explains the basic progress and growth of a team. The first stage, forming, is the members coming
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Their team of experts failed.
“When a team is formed it focuses on the future and once it succeeds it focuses on the past” by Edwin Lee. AT&T is a successful company and the largest long distance carrier in the United States. But by focusing on their past successes, they failed to look towards the future. On the contrast, Black & Decker looked for solutions that would transform their company to succeed in the future. Comparing these two companies show how the management teams of an organization can guide a company’s destiny.
Can success breed failure? That is the opinion of Edwin Lee. He cited the success of IBM with their introduction of the IBM PC, followed with a failure, the PC Jr. Apple Inc. was successful with its Apple II and followed with a failure, Lisa. He is of the opinion that success of a product by a management team can lead to the failure of the next product.

Can failure breed success? In Edwin Lee’s article he examined generals Norman Schwartzkopf and Colin Powell, whom both served during the Vietnam War. He suggests that experience earned from the failures of Vietnam, both men the wisdom and knowledge to lead to the success of Desert Storm. But even with their record success he would not want them to lead another battle. His conclusion is that they would rely on their past success and would not be good at changing for future circumstances. He further concludes that executives and
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