Team agreements, or the social contract of a team, is a very useful tool to use when starting with self-organizing teams. Self-organizing means that the team has a lot of freedom in the way they structure their work, but this sometimes leads to conflicts or friction within the team. One solution to avoid these conflicts or friction is to use a number of agreements that the whole team agrees upon, aka the rules of the micro-society that forms within the team. We discuss in this focused chat what are team agreements, how to start with them, why they are useful, and give a few examples. If you’re interested to learn more, we have learning programs focused on teaching Scrum Masters and Agile Managers how to overcome the challenges of agility for their own organization.
Adi Bolboaca is a VP, trainer and coach at Mozaic Works. Alex Bolboaca is a programmer, CTO, author, trainer and coach at Mozaic Works.