Does your team know where it's going or how it's going to get there?
Working in teams can be fantastic – if team members work well together. However, if people are pulling in different directions, the experience can be awful. What's worse is that without sufficient direction, teams can focus on the wrong objectives, can fail to use important resources, can be torn apart with avoidable infighting, and can fail, with sometimes dire consequences for the organization.
Team Charters are documents that define the purpose of the team, how it will work, and what the expected outcomes are. They are "roadmaps" that the team and its sponsors create at the beginning of the journey to make sure that all involved are clear about where they're heading, and to give direction when times get tough.
For teams to get off "on the right foot", Team Charters should be drawn up when the team is formed. This helps to make sure that everyone is focused on the right things from the start. However, drawing up a team charter can also be useful if a team is in trouble and people need to regain their view of the "big picture".
The precise format of team charters varies from situation to situation and from team to team. And while the actual charter can take on many forms, much of the value of the Charter comes from thinking through and agreeing the various elements.
At the start of a project, all is momentum and excitement, and people are eager to start work right away. This is where it's tempting to charge in to productive work. However, "failing to plan is planning to fail", as is failing to set objectives clearly. Time taken agreeing a team charter will be repaid many times over as the project progresses.
In particular, it will speed the process of forming, storming, norming and performing , meaning that the team becomes effective much more quickly.
The precise format of team charters varies from situation to situation and from team to team. And while the actual charter can take on many forms, much of the value of the Charter comes from
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