After a few rounds of proposals, if there is no consensus on a specific point, continue – you are not in a position to reach an agreement in this area at this time. Consider revisiting the issue when employment contracts are discussed next time. The work agreements should be reviewed at the end of each final sprint during the retrospective session. As soon as team members feel that they are doing well with each agreement and that there is something else that needs to be addressed/discussed and added as a working agreement, they can replace it with another consensus agreement. There are a few work agreements that are specifically for our team and have worked really well: “Don`t engage in unknown stories” and “Consult the JIRA board every day and focus on each day.” As we are a distributed team, we have a stand-up in the afternoon, when the UK land team is in its office. The team came to this agreement to check the board of directors in the morning and communicate what they are going to work on. It worked wonders; There is a lot of communication in this meeting and I see teamwork in sprint management. The discussion of a remote team agreement is more important now that all families are working together from home. This is a new category of remote work and requires a little more empathy than we could have had in 2017.
We may need to check and adapt the way we interact with each other. We may need to review and adapt the way we work with other teams or stakeholders. It is important to ask the team what will happen from their point of view. Your answers might surprise you. The team`s experts could also appreciate some of the facilities in the question. Stack Overflow has a guide on how to ask a good question, and part of it involves showing that you have tried certain things and that you have exhausted all the possibilities at your disposal. Don`t come to an expert without doing your homework, or you interrupt them unnecessarily. 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. 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) The following are proposed as reading suggestions for a moderator of a remote team agreement.
It is not a normative program. Your teamwork agreement must be made accessible and easy to maintain by all team members. It`s easy to forget something you`ve only seen once in a meeting. Find creative ways to get the most important elements of your agreement consistently in your team`s line of sight. One way to do this is to create a mural in the main work area where the instructions are displayed. Kelli, our PO, said: “We were unknown and we specifically deprived the people on whom we depended so heavily on basic amenities. Once we were able to get clarity from teammates who were tooth and nail, we were able not only to be more accommodating, but also to build a certain degree of confidence.