I spent the next sprint in „learning“ mode to understand team dynamics and interactions. When we arrived at their next retrospective, almost two weeks later, I would have a better understanding to help me put them in place to succeed. I went to great lengths to gain the trust of the team and make them ask questions if necessary. I held one-on-one games with the SM, PO, the Supervisor of India and members of the U.S. Development Team. Given our team`s dependence on The Regard for India and the 10-hour and 30-minute time difference, I quickly learned that we only had a few hours of overlap before we separated each day. At the end of the sprint, I compiled my last ten observations (see Table 1). Table 3. Before and after the comparison of team roles, dynamism and activities After a few rounds of proposals, if there is no consensus on a specific point, continue – you are not in a position to conclude an agreement in this area at the moment. Consider revisiting the issue when employment contracts are discussed next time. In this context, it is necessary to build the planning stunt so that the team has a clear idea of what awaits them when.
After several miscalcrations with a team I was working with, we decided to create an „There Is a Time and Place for Everything“ clause. A lot has been written about how to create these simple rules (my favorite article comes from Esther Derby), so here`s the process I use when working with a new (or existing) scrum team. Here are some important things you need to keep in mind when creating your own teamwork contract. This social contract, established by team members, generates a level of commitment, discipline and responsibility that has a positive impact on team dynamics and allows teams to successfully achieve their goals. It helps teams create a positive and productive process that meets the team`s needs and preferences. For Scrum teams, Scrum events may have additional significance and relevance in these distributed times. The Daily Scrum is an early day interaction point, a way to agree on expectations for the day ahead. Sprint Planning is a similar way to setting expectations, albeit with a larger work queue. Sprint`s reviews are opportunities for stakeholder feedback and Sprint`s retrospectives are a way to inspect and adapt the way we work.