According to Tuckman's Model there are five stages of team development. The first stage "Norming" can involve many different activites and conversations. One of the first steps can be to have some conversations about key elements that can form a Team Agreement.
Creating a Team Agreement ensures that your team has had the important conversations that lead to a commitment of how you will operate together. Team Agreements continue to emerge as an important foundational piece of team development and collaboration. In determining how your team will function, consider establishing:
- A clear direction, as a team, prior to taking action (forming)
- A process for acknowledging and addressing conflict (storming)
- A balanced focus of compassion and accountability (norming)
- A plan for the maintenance of both independence and interdependence (norming)
- A vision of results (performing)
The creation and implementation of Team Agreements allows for valuable emergent learning processes.
Most Team Agreements consist of, but are not limited to:
- Team members' contact information
- Team Values (click here for a great activity to guide your team)
- Team Goals
- Team members' Skills Inventory
- Scheduling and planning productive meetings
- Roles and Responsibilities
- Active Participation
- Communicating effectively
- Adressing Team Challenges
- Accountability / Consequences for not abiding to agreed upon behaviour
Your Team Agreement is the first tool to refer to if a team disagreement occurs. It will serve as your guide to dealing with any dysfunction within the team.