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source: https://www.thebalance.com/team-norms-sample-1919230

Every team has two components that team members must pay attention to if the team is going to succeed. The team must pay attention to the content mission (or goals or outcomes) expected from the team.

This is the content  that the organization has asked the team to create or the mission that is the reason for the team existing in the first place.

The team must also carefully shape and monitor the team process it uses toaccomplish the goals.

Team members must get along, respect each other, and practice effective interpersonal relationship building.

Team process includes:

Long cited statistics demonstrate clearly where the majority of teams experience their most significant problems. They attribute 80% of the problems they experience to the process side of this equation. Teams experience 20% of their problems on the content or mission part of the equation.

This explains why the development of team norms for the process side of the equation is so important. Norms will naturally become established as people work together on the project. Why not create norms that support the accomplishment of the team's goals - sooner and with conscious consideration.

See the Sample Team Norms

These team norms or ground rules are established with all members of the team participating equally. The manager of the team or the team's company sponsor or champion is included in the discussion and must agree to practice the relationship guidelines developed.

In prior articles, I discussed:

Here are sample process norms or guidelines that a team might use to effectively conduct its business. You may use them as a starting point, but each team needs to go through the process of generating and committing to its own team norms. The team must own the norms.

Sample Team Norms or Guidelines

Teams need to expend the effort to practice all of these norms and to care enough about the team and its work to confront each other, with care, compassion, and purpose, when a team member fails to practice these norms.

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