Nicole Lavelle

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Co-creating a team contract is a way to align with your team on how you want to work together, communicate, make decisions, share information, and work better together.

Work habits and collaborative norms form organically, often without intentional design. Norms that are formed by most people on a team may not always account for or include everyone on a team. How might we approach this process in an inclusive way? How might we take personal ownership of defining and co-creating partnerships? How might we work to make these norms shared and explicit?

What would happen if we viewed these team contracts as products designed around our needs as a group—engaging in the same discovery, prototyping, testing, and iteration processes that are used to create any product or service?

This two-part toolkit invites your group to talk about working together, define ideal conditions for teamwork, and document shared values in the form of a social contract.

The Team Values Toolkit along with all of our Culture Kits are free, adaptable, and made for anyone who wants to make work better. We’re sharing our tools to empower and equip you to shape your own work culture. What will you explore with this Toolkit? Visit for more.