Work Agreement In Scrum

I have heard many complaints about poor performance, missed deadlines or unreleamented goals from technology team leaders and managers who have tried to apply a cookie-cutter approach to new agile teams. It`s not working. To remove what may be an epic waste of time, we found a „majority rules“ clause. How it works: If the team does what is necessary for a story instead of dealing with it until all members show exactly the same point, use a majority decision. In other words, the point that has the most people choosing it will be the point of history for this ticket. Remember, every team is different. The clauses that work for my team might not work for you. So you come up with your own style and find out what works for your team. For Scrum teams, Scrum events may have additional significance and relevance in these distributed times.

The Daily Scrum is an early day interaction point, a way to agree on expectations for the day ahead. Sprint Planning is a similar way to setting expectations, albeit with a larger work queue. Sprint`s reviews are opportunities for stakeholder feedback and Sprint`s retrospectives are a way to inspect and adapt the way we work. This could include remote team agreements. 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. One way to do this is to create a mural in the main work area where the instructions are displayed.

In the next iteration, I thought deeply and hard about how, in the previous retrospective, I could have changed the game to improve confidence. I remembered the five dysfunctions of a Patrick Lencioni team and how this team presented almost all the dysfunctions, from lack of confidence and fear of conflict to inattention to results and lack of commitment. Lencioni says: „The confidence is to know that if a team member pushes you, they do it because they take care of the team.“ I needed everyone on the team to feel that they could trust each other and hold each other to account so that their contributions would be important. What I should have done was acknowledge their hard work and create a psychologically safe environment before sharing my observations. So I thought I`d try an experiment to improve the safety of the team and overcome the barriers. I told the team that they should be willing to share something personal with the whole group in our next retrospective.