Work agreements can help align a team with expectations. It is the journey of a culturally diverse and distributed team that has learned to discover hidden obstacles to create a better working environment for itself. By drilling themselves, they reached a moment of « ha » that helped them align and work together, and they developed work arrangements that unite them. Work agreements are often used in the Agile context, but can be used by any team. Through the work agreement process, teams are given an increased awareness of the interaction between individuals. Now that the team felt better familiar with each other, they were more able to communicate and exchange ideas to improve. Over the next iteration, more and more barriers arose as confidence improved. The team met several times to propose improvements. At that time, everyone was getting used to working together, and we were all thrilled because we felt like it was an opportunity for the team to reinvent itself. We now had to discuss how to change our work and communication styles, meeting schedules, etc., to accommodate most, if not all, of our teams. The idea of using scrum values to facilitate the idea has become our main concern.
The team felt that the inclusion of Scrum`s values would help them perform. I didn`t want to contradict that! We have ensured that we use focus, openness, respect, courage and commitment as thinkers to move forward with all subsequent meetings. According to PO: « When Alex tried to break the lead barrier as a team spokesperson and give everyone a voice, we realized that the AHA moment had come out of the meeting, how limited the consulting staff was at the expense of the client hijacking. These agreements are drawn up by teams and scrumMaster facilitates the meeting, and they are created/verified preferably during the Sprint 0 of each publication. So many people that I have to thank for the support they have given me during this trip, I would like to thank first of all the teams who have really been up to the task through this process. If they had not, I would not have been able to understand the power of employment contracts, and it is more about know-how than building words. I would especially like to thank Kelli Derum, the PO, for the team. I attacked her a few years later, and she was always so eager to help. I particularly enjoyed the discussions we had and the time she gave him when she had just had a baby! I also really appreciated the honest feedback she shared, which I recorded with minimal treatment. Thank you especially to my wife, Deema, who encouraged me to apply. She has always been a source of strength for me and has helped me find the strength to continue if necessary! Thank you especially to my company and to my bosses who, although anonymously, are grateful to them for allowing me to share my story. Finally, and not least, I can not find the right words to thank my shepherdess Susan Burk for her precious support, her insight and above all for her flexibility.
Susan has helped me several times to reinvent the approach and focus on what is most important.