Instructors have found team agreements to not only avoid conflict but also to encourage clarity and confidence. Team agreements are made by the team and sometimes include consultation with the instructor. Effective team agreement:
- Are thought through together (even if working in remote locations)
- Make sure that all voices are heard and included
- Listen actively for what is really being said and asked for by each person, and by the team
- Keep the agreements short and to the point
- Realize the agreement is dynamic, and build in capacity to revisit frequently
To create a useful team agreement, ask the following questions:
- For this team to be successful and effective, what do you need to count on from each other?
- In order for this team to excel, what do you want for the team?
- (Building on the previous two) What agreements can we come to that will make success possible?
View an example of a team agreement created by George Brown College