Ground Rules

last edited by: Tim Douglas on Dec 8, 2016 11:54 AM login/register to edit this page

1 Procedure
2 References

Ground rules establishes an agreement on how meetings will be run, how team members are expected to interact, and what behaviors are acceptable & unacceptable. An established technique to promote acceptable behaviors by minimizing confusion and misunderstandings, leading to increased productivity. A great technique to bring the team together.

  1. Team should define ground rules that are acceptable by all, and can be used each time they meet
  2. Ground rules can be reinforced, modified or removed in case of unacceptable/unproductive behavior
  3. Ground rules, along with any other group agreements, must be socialized and made easily available to all group members.


  1. Prepare a clear Agenda
  2. Each team member work individually or with a partner
  3. Each team member may take few minutes to think & share best practices from past projects, behaviors and actions that helped them perform
  4. Team shares best practices with the larger audience
  5. Team creates ground rules leveraging these best practices


  1. Ground Rules for Winners: 12 Keys to Managing Team Players, Tough Bosses, Setbacks, and Success. Joe Torre, Henry Dreher. Hyperion publishing, 1999.
  2. Ground Rules in Humanitarian Design. Alice Min Soo Chun, Irene E. Brisson. Wiley publishing, 2015.
  3. Warren Buffett's Ground Rules. Jeremy Miller. Profile Books Ltd, 2016.

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