As Agile continues to grow in the DC region, many new scrum masters find themselves working with established teams. But how do you go about standing up a new team? This session outlines strategies for building a strong foundation for new teams, including tips and tools for a successful team kickoff, creating working agreements, and the parts of a team charter. The session ends with tips for moving forward with your newly-minted team as you move into your first sprint.

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Outline/structure of the Session

1. Introduction: Encourage attendee participation to discuss some of the challenges and fears scrum masters and team members may have when starting a new team. These can include little or no knowledge of agile principles; working in a team (loss of independence); being held accountable to others for work; and committing to concrete goals. 

2. The meat: Present the parts of a team charter. Discuss strategies for facilitating an effective kickoff meeting; creating meaningful team working agreements and values; and creating definitions of done. 

3. Conclusion: Briefly review the points covered, and provide tips for using the team charter as a foundation for a strong team. Additionally, provide some high-level tips for getting started after the team charter is done. 

Learning Outcome

Participants will gain knowledge of  how to use a team charter to give new teams a strong foundation.



Target Audience

New scrum masters or team members, or anyone starting or participating in a new team.


Participants should have basic knowledge of scrum, and some experience with working with a scrum team.

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  10 hours ago
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    Hi, Karla,

    It would be helpful to the reviewers if you'd give a bit more detail in the outline/structure. What sort of things do you include in a team charter and working agreements? How do you go about building these things?

     - George

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