Team charters, team principles or vision statements are nothing new. If you visit enough work places you might see old A3 posters printed out with some clipart and an acrostic poem spelling out R.E.S.P.E.C.T. These type of statements have a purpose – usually in the early days to support a new team – but without any updates they don’t mean much.
The purpose of a social contract is to document how a team wants to work together. It should balance inspirational statements with the details of actual behaviours and attitudes that the team want to see. A key advantage in having a social contract is that by defining what the team should look like, the team will start to consciously and unconsciously exhibit those behaviorrs and attitudes. Read more