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Working Agreements
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Working Agreements to my understanding are the set of rules/disciplines/processes the team agrees to follow without fail to make themselves more efficient and successful.

However, while preparing for ACP Exam, I came across a different definition of Working Agreements, it states
For this activity the participants are formed into small groups and asked to develop candidate working agreements. The entire group reviews the suggestions and select three to seven topics to develop further. Then each small group is given a topic to work on.
This statement is in context with Set the Stage for Retrospective Process.

Need some clarification on which definition to go with?
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Najam -

I'd go with the simplest definition - they are basically the ground rules developed by the team for how they will work together. The specific process as to how working agreements are developed will vary by team.

Kiron
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1 reply by Najam Mumtaz
Nov 26, 2017 11:37 AM
Najam Mumtaz
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Thanks Kiron, the second definition seem out of place, but since it is from a well known author, which made me confused
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Nov 26, 2017 11:32 AM
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Najam -

I'd go with the simplest definition - they are basically the ground rules developed by the team for how they will work together. The specific process as to how working agreements are developed will vary by team.

Kiron
Thanks Kiron, the second definition seem out of place, but since it is from a well known author, which made me confused
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I don't see the distinction between the two, to be honest.
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I'm in agreement with Stéphane. The end result is similar, only the path is slightly different.
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Let me complete the the second statement:
For this activity the participants are formed into small groups and asked to develop candidate working agreements. The entire group reviews the suggestions and select three to seven topics to develop further. Then each small group is given a topic to work on. Finally, the participants get together again as one group and spend some time clarifying and refining the ideas they have generated, building a single master list to work from.

This statement is in context with Set the Stage for Retrospective Process.

@ Stephane & Andrew
It looks like a collaborative way of defining the ground rules, but it is a bit difficult to understand than the first statement in my question
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Thanks for sharing your comments,
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This things is because I firmly beleive there are two exams to hard to study and pass: ACP and PBA. Take a look to new PMI Agile Practice Guide. I do not know if there is something there. If it is something there go for it. If not my recommendation is taking a look to some book inside the recommended reader list. If you ask me take a look to Agile Project Management Highsmith¨book.
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Thank you Serio for your input.

In Agile Practice Guide (pg-50), while discussing team chartering process, it says:

"Working agreements, such as what “ready” means so the team can take in work; what “done” means so the team can judge completeness consistently; respecting the timebox; or the use of work-in-process limits."

Maybe I need more research on this definition.
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Mar 12, 2018 12:06 PM
Sergio Luis Conte
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Unfortunately there is a key thing to remember when you take a certification exam: the answer must be what the PMI expect as the answer, not what we use into practice or what we think is better to apply. So, that is the first thing to do. When I took the exam I was one of the first five person in the world to get the certification. At this time it was hard because the only thing related to Agile inside the PMI documentation was the Software Extension of the PMBOK then to study for the exam you had to read and understand all related documentation into the list of references. Today, you have the PMBOK (new version) and the Agile Practice Guide.
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Mar 12, 2018 11:21 AM
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Thank you Serio for your input.

In Agile Practice Guide (pg-50), while discussing team chartering process, it says:

"Working agreements, such as what “ready” means so the team can take in work; what “done” means so the team can judge completeness consistently; respecting the timebox; or the use of work-in-process limits."

Maybe I need more research on this definition.
Unfortunately there is a key thing to remember when you take a certification exam: the answer must be what the PMI expect as the answer, not what we use into practice or what we think is better to apply. So, that is the first thing to do. When I took the exam I was one of the first five person in the world to get the certification. At this time it was hard because the only thing related to Agile inside the PMI documentation was the Software Extension of the PMBOK then to study for the exam you had to read and understand all related documentation into the list of references. Today, you have the PMBOK (new version) and the Agile Practice Guide.

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