Creating Team Agreements

It`s been about four months since we established these team agreements. And in the meantime, we have hired new people for the team. When I went to the team agreement of the newest team members, it was pretty obvious that a number of things were outdated. And since we had just hired new people, I thought it was a good opportunity to review the team agreement to see if we were all still on the same side. Now, I didn`t do that properly after we hired the new people. But instead, I waited about a month, and after the last person was hired before looking at the team agreement. And I thought it was a good idea, because it gives them the opportunity to settle down and see who is who and learn how things work. And I think that gives them a better perspective to give contributions during the verification process. So I found it useful. Of course, we tried to set a date that anyone could do, but it turned out that with nine people and a fairly large bandwidth in the time zone, it just wasn`t possible. So we chose the ones who were there, we recorded the meeting, and the people who couldn`t do it had the opportunity to observe the meeting and give their input to the latest version of the team agreement. Avoid misunderstandings and outline acceptable behaviors for how your team wants to work together. On FunRetro, you can create a column for the work agreement items, then go up and down and drag them into a second column, groups.

If there is an item in the Groups column that the team agrees to be similar to, you can merge the cards by drawing the work agreement items card on the corresponding card in the Groups column. Team agreements are sometimes referred to as social contracts. Research shows that social contracts, if properly implemented, have many positive benefits, such as for example. B give employees a sense of control and security in their relationships with their leaders and teammates. These contracts also give a sense of responsibility, responsibility and trust among team members. For the manager, these contracts help motivate desirable behaviors in the workplace and discourage dysfunctional behaviors without rude supervision. With Tuckman`s team development model, team agreements can help teams move peacefully and efficiently from the normalization phase to the performing phase. They also allow team members to break down a sustainable culture of collaboration within the team. For each group, make sure that there are unique actions for each item, if any. For example, if a group of items alludes to how we handle external team requests or unforeseen issues, it`s helpful as a team to agree on how we`re going to respond to them. We can create actions such as “Must be discussed with PO”, “Must be maintained according to our story format taking into account the definition of Ready” and “PO updates the external part with expected delivery according to the capacity of the team and the discussion”.

AttentionAssions really cannot be prescribed. All members must form and share the contract jointly, as the absence of a buy-in prevents the agreement from working. It is also important that leaders model the desired behavior in the agreement, or the team will quickly discover that the agreement is not being implemented fairly and/or considered important.. . . .