Agile practices draw on the team committing to the assigned work on many levels, for example the commitments from the sprint planning or the commitments made during the daily stand-up. Without the team continually committing to the work, Agile would just be iterative waterfall. Teams can be defined as a group people that have developed relationships based around a commitment to attain a set of common goals. The commitment of team members to work together is a critical factor in formation of teams and their ultimate success.

Team commitment is impacted by many factors, including:

  • Mission: Knowing that the work supports or fits into the organization’s overall strategy provides a goal for the team to pursue.
  • Value: Knowing that the team is valued provides an anchor that supports individuals working together as a group.
  • Challenge: Providing a goal and trusting the team to rise to the situation.
  • Empowerment: Giving the team the authority to solve the business problem defined in the project.

Knitting these factors together creates an environment where a group can organize around a mission, develop a solution and commit to achieving that goal because they know that their performance will be valued. The environment that supports commitment is a core component for high-performance teams.