Teamwork agreements are the first step towards good team formation. In the absence of a specific list of rules for team interactions, invisible habits will invade the team`s workflow. Habits that aren`t always good. Creating a work agreement is similar to creating test cases, you think about all the different scenarios that are important, and then you think about The Edge cases. Some important aspects of this brainstorming session are that the work agreement should be accessible to all team members, some teams print their employment contract and have them proudly displayed in the field of work, some teams hold it in digital format in a repository, whatever you wish, make sure it is easily accessible and easy to maintain. I have heard many complaints about poor performance, missed deadlines or unreleamented goals from technology team leaders and managers who have tried to apply a cookie-cutter approach to new agile teams. It`s not working. Teamwork agreements minimize friction between teammates. The agreement gives all team members a model for what is expected during their daily work. A good work agreement can also help the most controversial teams come together to achieve great results. They can also be used to introduce new team members more quickly into the group culture, as he or she has a list to which it is possible to refer.
Gitlab, the open-source development tool company, has given a working agreement in its distributed team culture, which describes how remote work should be done. They call it “The Remote Manifesto,” which is part of onboarding for new employees. People are unique, so each team will probably find a different work agreement. While what works for a team certainly won`t work for all teams, many agreements have rules similar to those that follow: it creates a foundation for building trusting relationships that will strengthen the team`s infrastructure. It provides a forum for open communication. In addition, team members can be responsible and the project manager can outsource that responsibility. One of the best kept/secretive powerful teams is how they are actually guided by and stick to a team work agreement.