The team establishes all individual agreements in the employment contract and places them on the team wall. In the months that followed, team members began to get used to the idea of reminding their colleagues of behaviours that did not comply with the agreement. All the sprint pairs ask Steve in a retrospective: “Is this still our employment contract? Is there anything you want to change? The list will be expanded when team members find more areas where they will see benefits. After six months, they are much better able to deal with tense problems within the team, or when the external pressure on them increases. My name is Alex and I was a project manager in a previous life. I successfully transitioned to the agile world in 2009 and never looked back. I appreciated the speed and adaptability of the work at Agile depending on the complexity and inertia of the waterfall. I also quickly discovered that it was as simple as Agile, it was really about changing people`s mindsets to adopt a different professional lifestyle. The change in mentality meant that you had to “show the light” to people, so I ended up being an agile coach. The middle sections of 6, 7 and 8 must be self-reflexive. We need to know how we see ourselves and be as radically honest as possible. Scrum Inc. is usually told that Scrum doesn`t make you agile, but it will certainly show you where you`re not.
These sections should help facilitate this debate, as well as how we want to celebrate and improve. This is the story of how I was able to help a team I coached to improve working relationships and work together to achieve better results. While the result of this trip was a series of work agreements that reflect a new way of operating, the story focuses on the team`s journey of self-discovery and self-improvement. Through this trip, the team has gained a better understanding and respect for each other, transcending cultural and geographical boundaries. It is clear why many would want to move to the right of the range of approaches presented in Figure 1. But the time and material chords of the far right, which may seem extremely agile on the superficial level, also have their challenges. The buyer only trusts who can count. Trust is indeed a precious asset and we need it in Lean.
But misunderstandings, market changes or technical conditions and changes in the business models of buyers or suppliers can be trusted to sit down. Finally, it is in the economic interest of the supplier to be paid as long as possible. This allows contracts to be withdrawn for longer than necessary. The coupling of this approach with a phase-gate process, where real progress is known only at the end, exacerbates the problem. The worst part is that once the agreement is reached, each party has an opposite economic interest: if you opt for a teamwork agreement, the most important thing is to make sure that your team is fully involved in the whole process. Make sure it is addressed to all “itchy” or uncomfortable topics and that the agreement is placed in a place that is easily accessible to the team. Divide groups of more than five people into subgroups. In my experience, it is easier to reach an agreement on small groups first and then put them back together. Working agreements are the perfect opportunity to address sensitive issues such as conflict and disagreement management, as well as meeting plans, provision and low engagement. These problems cannot be swept under the carpet in the hope that they will disappear. 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.