Conflicts or disagreements about what to do and the typical side effects of this exercise. These differences can be healthy and, if managed carefully, can certainly spark useful debate. It shows how people think differently and expands team knowledge and knowledge. These clauses should not dictate to the team how to do the work, but help focus on team behavior that keeps everyone accountable and productive. Funny fact, I was a few nights ago with 12 friends and two of them are used to getting into lively discussions about random topics. As we drove, I explained the definition of work agreements and how their behavior affects everyone else, we laughed, but we agreed on “no heated debates about friendly exits”. It worked! There was no way out since they were going to agree on it! 😉 To avoid what can be an epic waste of time, we have put into play a “majority rule” clause. How it works: If the team votes on the effort needed for a story instead of going there until all members post the exact same point, use a majority vote. In other words, the point of selection of the largest number of people is the point of history of this post. Teamwork agreements minimize friction between teammates. The agreement gives all team members a model for what is expected during their daily work. A good working agreement can help even the most controversial teams come together to achieve great results.
They can also be used to introduce new team members to group culture faster, as they have a list they can refer to. Lane Sawyer is an IT consultant at Pariveda Solutions in Seattle, WA. He enjoys writing novels and articles like this when he`s not really working on a new project or when he`s not tackling a fun video game. To learn more about him, visit his website. Remember that your teamwork contract is just the first of many processes that development teams need to implement to be effective. . . .