Team Building -
Team Operating Principles
As opposed to operating processes that deal with task accomplishment, team operating principles are standards of behavior that build and strengthen the team.
Team members discuss how they will behave with each other, then formalize their results in a set of standards or a Code of Conduct.
For example, one team's Code of Conduct included the following:
- Respect the opinions of others
- Allow equal participation in discussions
- Take responsibility for what is going on in the team, and take action when needed
Teams will inevitably experience difficulties and conflict, but having a basis for dealing with the interpersonal issues will help to protect the team and allow it to grow.