Effective Teams Part 2: Examples of Team Norms

Sep 7, 2010
3 Min Read

Team norms are basically relationship guidelines that develop gradually. Team members develop particular ways of interacting with each other over time until those habits become behavioral expectations. A team can have high performance norms or low performance norms… in addition to norms around things other than performance… such as communication, decision-making, or dealing with conflict. Here are several examples of some common team norms:



  • What is the structure of team meetings?
  • When is it acceptable to miss a meeting?
  • How do we encourage participation?
  • When, how often, and for how long do we meet?
  • Who keeps minutes?
  • Who leads the meeting?

Project Management

  • What is the definition of quality work?
  • Do we strive for excellence or mediocrity?
  • How strictly do we adhere to deadlines?
  • Is creativity encouraged?
  • Who leads the completion of the project?
  • What are the roles and boundaries?
  • Do we help each other out? To what extent?



Check out Effective Teams Part 3: How to Influence Team Norms

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