Building Team Strengths using “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”

As Scrum Masters, a key part of our responsibility on a team is to help “remove impediments”.

But, what if the team itself is the biggest impediment?

You want to help the team to improve and resolve problems, but there is always something that keeps the team from being better – personality clashes, no follow-through, people not focusing on whole team success. It’s a common struggle for Scrum Masters and other team leaders to break through these and other nagging problems.

In this session, Ray will explore many of the common problems that teams have, relating them back to the “Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni. Ray will talk about how each dysfunction can appear within a team, and will talk about methods and techniques you can use to help build the five key strengths your team needs to overcome these dysfunctions.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  1. Introduction
  2. Struggling with Dysfunction
  3. Overview of "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team"
  4. Discussion of how to build the 5 key team strengths
    • Building Team Trust
    • Building Healthy Team Conflict
    • Building Buy-in and Clarity for Commitment
    • Building Team Accountability
    • Building a Results-Focused Team
  5. Getting Started with your team
  6. Wrap-up and Questions

Learning Outcome

By the end of the session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify the symptoms of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team,
  2. Identify what dysfunctions are present on the team or teams they work with,
  3. Understand the benefits and potential outcomes of building the five key strengths on their team,
  4. Find additional resources and materials that will help to build the five key team strengths
  5. Get started immediately working with their team to help build the five key strengths

Target Audience

Scrum Masters and Coaches that are working with teams that have ongoing struggles to be effective and improve

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