According to Tuckman's Model there are five stages of team development.
The first stage, "Forming", is about setting a strong team foundation, a foundation established by intentional conversation and clear agreements.
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 are a key element of team development and collaboration, and will help you overcome obstacles you encounter as a team. 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:
- 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
- Building Effective Support in your team
- Communicating effectively
- Addressing Team Challenges
- Accountability / Consequences for not abiding to agreed upon behaviour