A lot has been written about how to create these simple rules (my favorite article comes from Esther Derby), so here`s the process I use when working with a new (or existing) scrum team. I hope you have found this overview of teamwork agreements. If you have any questions, comments or even arguments against them, I would like to hear them. This social contract, established by team members, generates a level of commitment, discipline and responsibility that has a positive impact on team dynamics and allows teams to successfully achieve their goals. It helps teams create a positive and productive process that meets the team`s needs and preferences. If you opt for a team work agreement, the most important thing is to make sure that your team is fully involved in the whole process. Make sure it is addressed to all “itchy” or uncomfortable topics and that the agreement is placed in a place that is easily accessible to the team. Now that you have the basics, here are examples of some clauses that you could include in your teamwork agreement. Some of them are specific to agile teams.
A work agreement is a short series of policies developed by the team for the team that define the team`s expectations. A well-written agreement should help create and strengthen a clear and shared understanding of all team members about what they recognize as good behaviour and for good communication. It is generally referred to as a single “work agreement,” but in reality it consists of many individual agreements for each subject or subject. The ScrumMaster is the custodian of employment contracts, but the whole team has a responsibility to question if someone breaks the agreement. As the work agreements have been agreed by the team, the perception of personal attacks and confrontations is eliminated. In the spirit of transparency and continuous improvement, team members should review employment contracts from time to time and ask, “Should they be updated?” Ask participants to come to an agreement that leads to successful team collaboration and use their thoughts as a guide.