Here are some important things you need to keep in mind when creating your own teamwork contract. If I share my story, I hope it will inspire others to realize that the process of creating work agreements has uncovered opportunities for collaboration and guidance that have helped a distributed team deliver better value. Please note that if I cannot disclose the name of the company, I can only report that it is a financial services company based in Texas. The names of all parties have been changed to protect privacy. A work agreement is a short series of policies developed by the team for the team that define the team`s expectations. A well-written agreement should help create and strengthen a clear and shared understanding of all team members about what they recognize as good behaviour and for good communication. It is generally referred to as a single « work agreement, » but in reality it consists of many individual agreements for each subject or subject. 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. So many people that I have to thank for the support they have given me during this trip, I would like to thank first of all the teams who have really been up to the task through this process. If they had not, I would not have been able to understand the power of employment contracts, and it is more about know-how than building words.
I would especially like to thank Kelli Derum, the PO, for the team. I attacked her a few years later, and she was always so eager to help. I particularly enjoyed the discussions we had and the time she gave him when she had just had a baby! I also really appreciated the honest feedback she shared, which I recorded with minimal treatment. Thank you especially to my wife, Deema, who encouraged me to apply. She has always been a source of strength for me and has helped me find the strength to continue if necessary! Thank you especially to my company and to my bosses who, although anonymously, are grateful to them for allowing me to share my story. Finally, and not least, I can not find the right words to thank my shepherdess Susan Burk for her precious support, her insight and above all for her flexibility. Susan has helped me several times to reinvent the approach and focus on what is most important. Thank you, shepherd, I couldn`t have done it without you! And that`s what I mean sincerely! An agile teamwork agreement is essentially a document listing a team`s standards using instructions such as « We appreciate asynchronous communication in a long form on short and ambiguous messages. » These documents are a way to make implicit agreements and make them explicit so that the team can stay aligned for the duration of the project.