Category Archives: Concepts

Using the Five Dysfunctions for a Cohesive Project Team

Five Dysfunctions of a Team Pyramid

One of my favorite diagrams on building a strong team is the pyramid from the book 'The Five Dysfunctions of a Team' by Patrick Lencioni (see below).

What I want to do is discuss this chart as it relates to project management and from a positive point of view. Instead of looking at this from five dysfunctions, the author also listed 5 functions of a cohesive team. This consists of the following:

 

  1. They trust one another
  2. They engage in unfiltered conflict around ideas
  3. They commit to decisions and plans of action
  4. They hold one another accountable for delivering against those plans
  5. They focus on the achievement of collective results

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The Pareto Principle for Projects

One thing I find too often is people trying to throw in everything plus the kitchen sink when working on a project deliverable. I have always been a strong believer of Pareto's Principle which states that 20% of the methods will produce 80% of the results. Continue reading