Team Working Agreement Canvas
The Team Working Agreement Canvas is a tool to help you build understanding between team project members.
According to Scrum Inc. when chartering a new team, I would suggest starting with the team mission, roles & responsibilities, and metrics. This encapsulates the idea of, “starting with why” – a common theme in the Agile landscape. I would end with the top sections 1 & 2, choosing a team name and motto. For an already existing team that is going through changes, like absorbing new members, starting with the top sections is fine.
The middle sections are meant to be self-reflective. We need to know how we see ourselves and be as radically honest as possible. It’s commonly said at Scrum Inc. that doing Scrum won’t make you agile, but it will surely show you where you are not. These sections are designed to help facilitate that discussion, as well how we want to celebrate and improve.
The final sections of the Team Working Agreement Canvas have particular importance as we want to create a value-driven culture. Section 10 is what we commonly associate with working agreements. We suggest writing them as individuals and then discussing them as a group, ending with voting by “fist of five” for no more than ten at a time to be included in this Working Agreement.
Section 11 is our final one where we list our Event details. This includes the time and place, as well as any other important people who need to be present that are external to the team.
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