Let's face it, work is harder than it needs to be. But we believe we can change it through the magic of working agreements. That's why we're building Murmur—an app for teams who care enough about the way they work to write it down. In this podcast, we'll explore the agreements that make or break teams, discussing a specific example in each episode. We'll cover everything from purpose, vision, and mission to the hiring process to vacation policies, and much much more. And we'll dig deep into how each agreement is structured, why it matters, and how we've approached it at Murmur. It's time to agree to work better together.
If you're building a team or a company, you're going to become an oracle of operating systems—a guru of governance. When that next tension pops up at work, you're going to know just what to do.
Principles | How we engage with the world
Making your team or organizational principles explicit is some of the most important work you can do. But, what are principles anyway? What are the benefits of a principles agreement? And how do you keep them alive and present within your organization? In this episode, we explore all these questions and more.
Purpose | Why are we here?
A statement of purpose is one of the most important agreements a team can make. But what are the components of a great purpose agreement? And what about vision, mission, and other related concepts? In this episode, we go deep on purpose.
How does your team work? If you're part of a team that makes and keeps transparent agreements about your way of working, you know how valuable this practice is. But, it isn't easy. That's why Murmur is building something new. Most SaaS applications replace or automate a task that people are already doing. We're thinking bigger—and trying to do two things at once: 1) provide a system of record for working agreements (the tool) AND 2) change the way teams make working agreements in the first place (the method). When changing both a tool and a technique simultaneously, there’s going to be a steep learning curve. But, we know that understanding a few fundamental concepts can make the climb a lot more enjoyable. So, in this first episode of Rough Draft: Agreements That Make or Break Teams, we’ll explore the fundamental concepts that make healthy working agreements possible.