This activity helps the team to collectively define and write down the team principles they want to follow. It fosters an upfront and democratic conversation about team principles.

  Let’s have a conversation on how we will deal with one another on an ongoing basis. Collectively we will write down the team principles for each of these areas:
– Meetings structure and schedule;
– Preferred method for communication;
– Roles and availability;
– Process.

Running the activity:

1. Introduce the activity, adding more discussion areas as necessary:
 

“Let’s have a conversation on how we will deal with one another on an ongoing basis. Collectively we will write down the team principles for each of these areas:
  – Meetings structure and schedule; 
  – Preferred method for communication; 
  – Roles and availability; 
  – Process.  “

 

2. Split the canvas into the number of identified areas (in this example: Meetings – Communication – Roles – Process).

3. Ask for individual notes.
  “Please write down your notes on team principles for each of the identified areas. You should use the post-it color accordingly:
– Constraints (on pink post-it);
– Strong recommendation (on green post-it).

4. Discuss among the group and take notes (consider writing action items on post-it with another color).

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Defining the Team Principles – sample canvas

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Defining the Team Principles – individual notes collected

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Defining the Team Principles – final results 9with action items) after the group conversation

 

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