Team Work Agreements

For remote teams, we used FunRetros with great success (the fusion feature for grouping and coordination is really useful), if you want a more “traditional” feeling, we also played with the dashboard (the look of grip notes and feel is pretty fun). There is nothing more frustrating, especially for a project manager, than decompressing team members at an important meeting. While you`re happy to have pushed everyone to show you, you have to face a new battle to get the attention of participants who are glued to their devices or who are doing work that has nothing to do with the objectives of the meeting. To keep the debate on track, use facilitation techniques such as fist of five to reach consensus on all labour agreements. First, set the context for working agreements with your team. As a group, you can use whiteboards (physical or digital), adhesion notes, worksheets or flipcharts. At the beginning, you encourage discussion within the team and allow everyone to propose, agree and reject any agreement. Note that you can`t get people to change their emotions, but you can focus on (opposable) behaviors. Discuss each item added by team members and start by grouping items that appear to be related. Do this as part of an open discussion on each topic, to gather enough context to see if it can be grouped with something similar or if it is something different. Be sure to encourage the participation of all team members by asking questions like “X, what do you think?” etc. As with every frame, it`s important to adapt it to your own needs and culture.

When introducing work agreements within your team, consider the most appropriate approach. Focus: Because we focus on few things at the same time, we work well together and do a great job. We provide valuables earlier. During the next retrospective, Steve mentioned some of these topics and said he wants to talk about improving their environment. Tonia informs that she knows that another of her peers has created her own work agreement to reduce some of the friction and improve respect.