To keep the debate on track, use facilitation techniques such as fist of five to reach consensus on all labour agreements. Every time you get to the point where they have size, it`s an endless cycle of repetition; You either have to call the members and tell them that you are waiting for their size, or they call ”pause” because they don`t understand what the PBI needs, and then ask a question that has already been answered. The main problem is that there are long meetings. Teams generally continue to show a story until all members reach consensus. This can include several rounds of poker planning, creating what seems to be an endless cycle to show, ask questions and repoint, simply to get everyone on the same page. Work agreements have quickly become an essential part of modern and successful teams. You may have heard that the term is thrown around, especially as new teams, but is it worth talking to your own team? Teams must hold each other to account. People will have differences of opinion and will have to re-examine them. ”In the spirit of transparency and continuous improvement, team members should reconsider employment contracts from time to time and ask, ”Should they be updated?” Don`t let things go too far. These clauses are not designed to dictate to the team how the work is performed, but should help to emphasize team behaviors that keep everyone accountable and productive. However, in my experience as an agile consultant, the most productive product development teams have one thing in common: consensus. They all felt locked up, listened to and respected and could clearly establish the link between their individual goal and the vision of the product or project.
Are time zones important in our context? Do we understand the times when we can work without problems with our teammates or stakeholders in other time zones? (See WorldTimeBuddy below, with thanks to Pieter V) I hope this conversation will help you and your team empathize with each other, reduce stress, inspect and adapt the way you work, and succeed, whether you use Scrum or not. 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. The adequacy of the media is important here and the team can have strong opinions on it. Maybe someone is noisy in the team channel and could calm down a little with all this stuff that comes and goes? Maybe we send too many emails, or maybe we make a comment in the ticketing system and we don`t follow up with a message… Work agreements are the rules/disciplines/processes that the team is ready to follow, without making themselves more effective and simplistic about the self-administered aspects of the Scrum. These agreements help the team develop a common understanding of what it means to work as a team. On the other hand, I saw teams hanging on a wire and barely hitting their targets, because the team members couldn`t see them attacking the whole thing and not being invested.