The Agile team consisted of 11 people, working both locally in Texas and remotely in Mumbai, India. Local members of the Texan team included both MS and PO, as well as two engineers: a tech-lead and a senior developer. They worked from home three days a week, but would be at least two days in our headquarters. The SM and the PO were almost always present at the office. The India team consisted of seven engineers, one of whom was the supervisor and effectively our team leader in India. The other members of the Indian team had various other roles in the development of our solution. The team approached the end of the current sprint and would keep its team in review the next day. Fortunately, the timing worked. I was invited to participate in the retrospective and meet with the entire team, in retrospect and labelling on the effectiveness of your work agreements to make your team`s learning experience worse.
Work agreements are often used in the Agile context, but can be used by any team. Through the work agreement process, teams are given an increased awareness of the interaction between individuals. I hope you have found this overview of teamwork agreements. If you have any questions, comments or even arguments against them, I would like to hear them. Creating an agile teamwork agreement should be a collaborative process. As I said before, there are many ways to do it, and I am just describing a way that has worked well for our teams. If you think about facilitating this process, you ask yourself, “What is your most comfortable team in terms of cooperation?” At Crema, it is now a standard that we use a virtual whiteboard (even if no one remotely joins), called Miro. Using a product like Miro can be useful because of the variety of functions such as coordination, reaction, timer, etc.
However, you can use a collaborative document like Dropbox Paper, normal grip notes or even a physical whiteboard to anchor discussions. It`s really up to you. The ScrumMaster is the custodian of employment contracts, but the whole team has a responsibility to question if someone breaks the agreement. As the work agreements have been agreed by the team, the perception of personal attacks and confrontations is eliminated. In the spirit of transparency and continuous improvement, team members should review employment contracts from time to time and ask, “Should they be updated?” Teams must hold each other to account.