An example of a social contract

12 Jul

Shane and I were running an agile (Agile?) training course last week and we were discussing the idea of social contracts with the participants.

A social contract is an agreed code of conduct or way or working.  Some teams publish them on posters and others simply thrash them out over a few beers.

We thought we would include a slide showing social contracts and would use the world’s elite trainers (ie us) as a high profile example.

What would you think of something like this appearing on a slide for the participants to ponder/comment on?

Social contract for Knowledge Engineers:

  1. We will use our individual styles to present a consistent content.  If we don’t like the current content then we will openly debate with our peers with the aim of creating the best shared view of each topic that we can.
  2. We will always ask for help and guidance from each other and we will always provide help and advice when asked, even though our arrogant peers may ignore our sage like wisdom because they do not fully recognise our innate genius.
  3. We will give each other open and useful feedback whenever we see each other facitilate.
  4. We will openly steal each other’s ideas when running courses, but never each other’s jokes.
  5. We will always acknowledge the source and author of material we include in our courses.

Posted by on July 12, 2009 in Agile, Culture


4 responses to “An example of a social contract

  1. Shane Hastie

    July 13, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    I like it!

    I’m happy to use this in the classroom, and as a guideline for working with each other.

    Thanks James!

  2. John Watson

    July 15, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I like it too and am very happy to a) use it in the classroom; b) use it as guideline for working with each other.

    a) and b) above are naturally contingent upon a general recognition that is other KEs who are arrogant and that it is me who is the only truly humble one

  3. Sharon Robson

    July 21, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    I am pleased to note that you have finally acknowledged my innate genius!

    I think this sort of thing, and discussion of these social contracts are long overdue in our world(s) – both KEs and IT Professionals!

    Well Done!


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