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Goal: Discover our team’s implicit norms & document them.
Overview: After explaining the concept of “norms”, we’ll brainstorm the norms of our teams and try to find a set of norms, that we’re all willing to commit to.
Explain norms: While some norms are also “rules” (legislation or company guidelines), most norms are implicit expectations based on how the team works together. Group norms are not only about “What we should not do”, but also about “what we should do” or even “strive for”. It’s OK for group norms to include ideals as well.
Note: If your team is bigger than eight people, you could think about forming pairs of two and letting them discuss their ideas for max. 5 minutes before one of the two shares their summary with the whole group.
This will help raise team member commitment to abide by the now defined norms. “This wasn’t just for fun. This is our bible now.”