Working agreement

A working agreement a set of principles you’ve agreed to follow as a group, to do your best work. These should be concrete things that people can actually do. To develop them, ask yourself:

  • What are some things we should always do?
  • What are some things we should never do?
  • How should we communicate?
  • How can we make this the best team we’ve ever worked with?

Example principles:

  • Ask for help when we need it
  • Be transparent and honest
  • Actively give constructive feedback
  • Join meetings on time
  • Communicate our schedule and mark absences on a shared calendar
  • Save all in-progress work to a shared location
  • Monotask during working sessions
  • Listen with respect when others are speaking

These ideas draw heavily on Lara Hogan’s writing about working groups.