There is no formal or correct way to create work agreements, so Steve uses the approach I share in my workshops. As usual with a ScrumMaster, good preparation pays off. Consider informing the team in advance of the agree categories/areas. My name is Alex and I was a project manager in a previous life. I successfully transitioned to the agile world in 2009 and never looked back. I appreciated the speed and adaptability of the work at Agile depending on the complexity and inertia of the waterfall. I also quickly discovered that it was as simple as Agile, it was really about changing people`s mindsets to adopt a different professional lifestyle. The change in mentality meant that you had to “show the light” to people, so I ended up being an agile coach. 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.
Kelli, our PO, said: “We were unknown and we specifically deprived the people on whom we depended so heavily on basic amenities. Once we were able to get clarity from teammates who were tooth and nail, we were able not only to be more accommodating, but also to build a certain degree of confidence. We were able to complete part of the work time to counter the movement of women and allow the use of the canteen. This also in the month following the meeting of the employment contract, which leads the team to show up on time. Trust needs a lot of time to build. I would say that this day is the basis of a closer working relationship that develops to very tight in the course of 8 months. I would say that the biggest success factor in the ongoing relationship with the Indian team has been to humanize it. After that meeting and over time, we began to engage on a deeper level, to generate a personal interest in them and to ask them what their weekend was like and what they were doing to celebrate the feast of X.
We tried different games at the beginning of the stand-up to get everyone talking and we found that Trivia was very effective. Not only were they engaged, but we got to know the commonalities, because they also know who Bart Simpson is, how they are at least as intelligent, if not smarter in global geography, as we are. After 8 months, I changed my role in my company. What was really worth 2 months later, I received an IM from Abdul, one of the Indian team members, who registered with me to see what life was like in my new role. “The Americans can say, `The Indians are all hierarchical, and they will not take initiative; they only follow orders. But then they didn`t see the Indian start-up community, full of many passionate people who keep talking,” Fewell says with a laugh. “And the Indians might say, “Well, all innovations are made in the West. Wouldn`t it be great if we all work in the United States? Then they arrive in Washington, D.C. and find a lot of projects that suffer from hierarchies. Work agreements can not only manage the language spoken at meetings, but also the language to be used in documentation, requirements or chat. Yet it is not impossible if you do the math.
When setting up a working agreement on time zones, the Scrum team could ask the following questions: work agreements are used to further exceed geographic distance. They help teams follow stereotypical paths and remind them that team culture surpasses everything. Defining work agreements will help team members succeed.