Working Agreements Workshop

The main factor in developing a team work agreement is identifying the challenges your team faces. Introduce yourself with unique collaborative challenges for your team, then focus on solving those issues. What would a teamwork agreement look like? Here is an example that was produced by a team of a fully distributed national health care provider: I would then like to add that we will now create together our first version of our employment contract. It will lay a foundation for the behaviour we want to see, capture our expectations of each other and define what we should be able to hold ourselves accountable to each other. By creating a work agreement, we create an understanding of what is important to us in order to work well as a team. “Becoming a team means that we are committed to working together and supporting each other in our common goals. I suspect that running a meeting with a team to help them start a work agreement is the most common workshop I have made possible in recent years. And I learned a lot about what works for me (and what doesn`t). In my experience, this approach works equally well for the agile team, the department management and the flight team.

This blog documents how I facilitated these sessions. Steve begins to ask for proposed agreements in his first priority area: Daily Scrum Start Time. After any possible work agreement, it uses the Decider protocol[2] to quickly examine the possibility of consensus. If there is no immediate consensus, the person who said “no” to an idea suggests what they see as a better idea. If more than one person has a problem, everyone is expected to offer a better idea. If too many people say “no,” the applicant should consider withdrawing the proposal. In the case of Steve`s team, the team has its first work agreements after 20 minutes: Thanks, I intend to use this as a policy to facilitate a TeamCharter/Working Agreement workshop with my Scrum teams. I like the fact that the expense is fuelled exclusively by positive behaviour and strengthening collaboration.