Working Agreement Exercise

So team agreements. In many interviews I do with remote teams, I hear that creating a set of basic rules helps to reduce misunderstandings. Through my workshops, I learn that very few companies have team agreements. So I wanted to talk a little bit about the process and the experience of the Happy Melly team, which is completely isolated in the hope that it somehow shows how to establish a team agreement and what the process might look like to you. Phil Montaro from all over office led me with a policy he created for team agreements, and he called it the ICC workflow. I have definitely talked about it in the past. And it represents the breakdown of your work into three categories: information, communication and cooperation. So you would actually ask the team what kind of information you need for the projects you are working on, what types of communication you use to do your job, and how they know what everyone is doing. Create a two-dimensional grid on the floor. Use duct tape for the marking axes or corners in the room. Use your creativity. It is important that areas where physical activity needs to shift from one to the other are clearly distributed.

Invite team members to play the role-playing game. Explain that the purpose of this part of the exercise is to gather information on behaviors in different areas. Below are examples of the practice of labour agreements that were created as a result of this exercise. Create a radar diagram with skills for the selected area. The easiest way is to place cord, duct tape or anything else that divides the space into areas. You can use the positivity or productivity factors mentioned above or the list of values your team created in Exercise 1. Normally, I choose values based solely on productivity or positivity, but there is nothing to prevent you from mixing them. Write the factors on separate sheets and put one in each field as in the image below. Do you always add a “?” – Champ in addition.

You can`t be sure your list is complete. Thanks, I intend to use this as a policy to facilitate a charter team workshop/working agreement with my Scrum teams. I like the fact that the expense is fuelled exclusively by positive behaviour and strengthening collaboration. Once all points have been discussed and voted on, check with the team for all points that are now included in the “Teamwide Agreement” column and accept that this is the resulting team agreement. It`s also a good exercise that has to do with a team that is already working, because it can help them make explicit decisions to optimize their performance. Ask the team to prioritize values. You can use the labels “must have” and “nice to have.” For each “must have,” ask people what behaviors have this value or who break it. Moderate this discussion in order to reach agreement on the common values or work agreements of your team. Once completed, view the full list and ask the team again if they agree.

When you receive permission, put the list up to a location visible in the team area. For more information on this exercise, please contact Bob Fischer or other members of our agile consulting team at agileinfo@eliassen.com Over the past five months, we have entered into a series of informal agreements that mark our current behavior – why not make them explicit so that our future team members can better understand how we work? At the end of the exercise, ask the team members what they have learned from each other. Ann: Yes, we delivered more stories in this iteration, but our unit test cover fell and we didn`t create an automated functional test for any of the stories. We are increasing our technical debts in this area, and I am afraid that we will pay soon for it. We focus on one aspect and forget others, and that is not what we promised in our labour agreements.