Social Contract


The Social Contract is a simple, yet highly effective manner to enable team autonomy and self accountability for engagements. The Social Contract is created by and for the team.

What is it?

A way to enable team autonomy and self accountability for the initiative they are working on:

  • Created by and for the team

  • Looks to codify the behaviours and expectations of the team

  • Provides a mechanism for the team to radiate and share its desired behaviours external stakeholders

An effective social contract is:

  • Publicly displayed

  • Nobody is above the contract

  • The team agreed holds each other accountable to the contract

  • Revisited and updated as often as necessary.

More information about the Social Contract can be found in the Open Practice Library.

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