Team Development Stages
A five-stage process
to develop high-performing teams, created by
Bruce Tuckman, an educational psychologist.
The five stages are: forming, storming,
norming, performing, and adjourning.
Professor Robert Trent of
Lehigh University identified ten requirements
for effective team leadership: 1) work with the
team to establish and commit to performance
goals, 2) secure individual member
involvement and commitment, 3) manage
internal team conflict, 4) help maintain team
focus and direction, 5) secure required
organizational resources, 6) prevent team
domination by a member or faction, 7) deal
with internal and external obstacles
confronting the team, 8) clarify and help define each member’s role, 9) provide
performance feedback to team members, and
10) coordinate multiple tasks and manage
the status of team assignments.
A response to a solicitation
that describes in detail what an offeror
proposes to do, furnish, and the method of
delivery with no mention of price. May be part
of a two-step response contained within an
offer, the second part being the price
A subset of a design
specification that establishes the material
and operating requirements of a good.
A bidding process for goods, services, or
construction that is open to all qualified
bidders and in which sealed bids are opened
in public for scrutiny and are chosen on the
basis of compliance with the solicitation’s
requirements and lowest price. Also referred
to as competitive tender or public tender, the
terms typically used in Canadian
procurement. See also: Solicitation.
A type of contract in which a
source of supply is established for a specified
period of time for specified goods or services;
usually characterized by an estimated or
definite minimum quantity, with the possibility
of additional requirements beyond the
minimum, all at a predetermined unit price.
Termination for Convenience
1. A contract clause, which may be contained
within boilerplate language, that allows for a
contract to be ended at the discretion of a
2. Action by which a purchasing entity, in
accordance with contract provisions,
unilaterally cancels all or part of the contract
work for the best interest of the entity, and
with no reflection on the contractor’s
performance. See also: Termination for
Default, Cancellation of a Contract.
Termination for Default
A contract clause that
may be contained within boilerplate language
that allows either contracting party the right to
cancel a contract, either in whole or in part, as a result of the failure of the other party to
perform satisfactorily. See also: Termination
for Convenience, Cancellation of a Contract.
Terms of Contract
Stipulations made in
Terms of Payment
The methods of payment
stipulated in a sales or purchasing contract.