Working Agreements Between Teams

If you use working arrangements in your team and have answers for us, or if you want to use them and have other questions, we`d love to hear from you! One of our teams translated the act of distilling the brainstorming notes into a chord about a person. This person became busier than expected, did not have time to draft the agreement and the team`s agreement stagnated. When I add to a new team, there is often a period of “feeling” – where I`m afraid to verbalize an opinion because I`m not sure how the team feels about it. The team agreement process has certainly helped to diminish this feeling. The problem of introducing bias into the distillation process is more difficult on controversial issues within the team. One of our teams spent a lot of time thinking about the meetings, but struggled to reach a consensus on it. No single person or even a couple could include a controversial topic like this in the work arrangement without making their personal bias responsible. In this particular case, the team decided to let the meetings leave the working agreement until they could reach a consensus. Controversial topics within the team are important to discuss at some point, but brainstorming probably isn`t the time. It probably varies from team to team what you want here. Some teams may need guidance on how to work with JIRA. others may focus more on taking care of the problems. These differences are likely a reflection of the issues the team is currently facing or has faced recently.

When new members join a team, it takes them a while to adapt. A teamwork agreement provides an up-to-date reference on the team`s preferred ways of working. The working agreement isn`t set in stone, and as the team changes, it`s important to update it. but having it in writing helps new members acclimatize quickly. To think about the team agreement, it is important to provide an environment where every team member is heard. Even if your team succeeds, there are still opportunities for individual biases that affect the work arrangement. A lot has been written about how to create these simple guidelines (my favorite article is Esther Derby`s), so here`s the process I use when working with a new (or existing) Scrum team. Some of our teams were able to brainstorm with everyone on site.

They could rely on post-it notes and face-to-face conversations, and read one another`s non-verbal communications. Other teams have a mix of on-site and remote members and have used tools like Miro to make this easier. .