Work modalities are often used in the context of agility, but can be used by any team. Through the work agreement process, teams are made more aware of the interaction between individuals. If you use the method described above, you will probably find yourself in a scenario where duplicates exist. Work on consolidating them into common themes and ask the team for reformulation suggestions that align the almost duplicated sticky notes. At this point, you need to have a number of new team standards that can be inserted into some sort of regularly referenced public document. All of our “final” documentation at Crema is stored in Confluence for future reference, but it can be any document repository that makes sense in your organization. It is important for people to know where they live. I turned to the Scrum Master (SM) and the Product Owner (PO) for the team. I wanted to understand the structure and dynamics of the team, but more importantly, now I had to get their permission to get involved. My goal was to build a relationship to make them understand that my role was to help them improve, especially after a bumpy start with the RTE. After the vote, the ScrumMaster counts the votes and shares the five most important agreements with the team. The team must be reminded that these are the agreements they have accepted in order to be a successful team, and that they must always stick to them.

If a team member doesn`t stick to one of the agreements, the other team members should remind them. The next morning, I arrived early and bright, eager to finally meet all the team members. I had decided to stay in learning mode and try to “understand”. I declined SM`s invitation to moderate the team`s retrospective and let them continue the retrospective as they had always done. At 8:00 a.m, the SM, PO and I met in an empty meeting room in our home office and the SM connected the Skype link to start the meeting. The two local engineers were remote and called. The Indian team, along with their supervisor, was in a single meeting room in Mumbai. Although we shared the screen, no one else could see because no one had video cameras on. Once the time is up, take the time to review all the post-it notes as a team.

Ask the team to provide all the clarifications they need to understand what the post-it means, but not yet to discuss it. .