Team Working Agreements vs. Coaching Agreements.

Are you working with teams; be it a dev team, a leadership team, a product team, etc.? Are you aware of the impact of creating a strong team alliance? Are your team’s working agreements bulleted lists of nice thoughts, or is it an effective living structure that is honored by and challenges the team to come together at a higher level of being?

This session is for Agile coaches and leaders who want to inspire high performing teams through accountability and agreement.

In this interactive discussion we will explore alignment, agreement, and accountability in the context of a team. We will also differentiate the team’s expectations of the team coach in contrast to coaching agreements and contracts.

Together we will co-create with responsibility. This session will provide scaffolding to build a structure for creating working agreements enabling high performing teams. The components of this structure include: building a foundation platform centered around team alignment, getting clarity on who we are as individuals and how we are as a team, creating the team agreements through inquiry, and weaving the thread of team accountability throughout the process. We will also model the role of the coach as facilitator and design the team coaching contract.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  1. What is the current state of most Agile team working agreements
    1. Why do we create team working agreements?
    2. How are we currently creating working agreements?
    3. How effective are our working agreements in serving their purpose?
  2. Better designed working agreements promote higher performing teams.
  3. Creating Alignment
    1. Clarifying team purpose.
    2. Defining roles.
    3. What is the culture we want?
    4. What are our responsibilities?
      1. As individuals?
      2. As a team?
  4. Creating the Agreements
    1. What should be included
      1. Who are we together?
      2. Who are we in conflict?
    2. Questions to ask
    3. Are we in agreement?
  5. Affirming Accountability
    1. What is accountability?
    2. Who is responsible for accountability?
    3. How will we know?
    4. Living with accountability?
  6. The coach's role, responsibility, and agreement
    1. Team expectations
    2. The coaching contract

Learning Outcome

Participants will learn:

  • The difference between expectations and agreements.
  • How to leverage team working agreements to empower teams.
  • How to design powerful team agreements.
  • How to contract with teams.

Target Audience

Agile coaches who want to inspire high performance through team accountability and agreement.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Participants should have a working understanding of Agile and have coached or led multiple Agile teams.

This is an interactive session and you should be prepared to participate in the activities and discussion.

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