Team Agreements - A way to make self organized team

Why do we need team agreements?

Scrum teams are self-organizing and cross-functional. Self-organizing teams choose how best to accomplish their work, rather than being directed by others outside the team. To become self-organized, a team has to go through various stages of team development.

Tuckman's stages of team development The "forming, storming, norming, performing" model of team development was first proposed by Bruce Tuckman in 1965. He maintained that these phases are all necessary and inevitable in order for a team to grow, to face up to challenges, to tackle problems, to find solutions, to plan work, and to deliver results.

A Scrum team does not have the luxury to be in each of these stages for much time, as it is expected to deliver right from the first sprint. Thus the need for formulating team agreements arises at an early stage. Sprint Zero is the ideal time for a Scrum team to go through all of these stages within a very short period. As Scrum is iterative and incremental, a Scrum team goes through Tuckman's stages in each sprint and improves its performance in every new sprint.

Knowing what kind team agreement a Scrum team might need is useful for the team members. It helps avoid conflicts. This knowledge can help them set the team agreements in advance during Sprint Zero rather than deciding what should be done at the last moment, in the middle of working sprints. Team agreements can be defined and agreed upon in a meeting facilitated by the ScrumMaster. Various steps that can performed in this meeting are: prepare, brainstorm, sort, categorize, agree, and refine

 
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Team Agreements for at varios stages of scrum cycle.

Learning Outcome

Planning and executing to be self organised. When and What may be done.

Target Audience

Scrum Master, Scrum Team Members and Agile community

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  • Saket Bansal
    By Saket Bansal  ~  2 years ago
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    Please update content structure and also share some ppt or video example of this talk or privious talk.

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