"Great things happen when teams have a clear, shared purpose and a way of working together that honors each person's contribution."
One of the first things I do when I start working with a new team as a Product Manager is ensure I understand the team’s way of working, either through the reading of an existing document on the team’s way of working, and/or through observation by attending team rituals and meetings.
Working Agreements play an important role in Agile Methodology. They establish a shared understanding of how the team will work together and this shared understanding leads to improved team morale and, among other things, increased quality of work and productivity.
This week I want to touch on why Working Agreements matter, and some tips on how you can work with your team to create some great working agreements together!
Working Agreements actively build a culture of trust accountability, and respect within teams. With a clear understanding of expectations for themselves and their teammates, team members can more effectively tackle any emerging issues.