Last week I wrote about the Agile methodology. In the next several posts I will write about the Agile values. Many of them will be common for different teams e.g associations, non-government organizations, music bands, startups, small companies and international corporations.
Commitment. Before I provide the definition I will assume that we couldn’t talk about commitment without giving its context e.g tasks, duties. People may be involved in some project and not involved in others in the same time. We would like to paint our parents flat, and don’t want to do it for our parents-in-law ;)
Moreover, it won’t be very surprising if I say that people are able to work without any commitment. For this reason, we will also work for our parents-in-law.
Furthermore, different people may have different opinions about the commitment of specific person. These opinions depend on the their knowledge about the project and their expectations. Our mother-in-law may be dissatisfied with our work because of the noise, mess and maybe all takes longer than she expected. In the same time our father-in-law could be pleased because we are taking care about the quality.
Finally, random people aren’t able to assess our commitment. Our mother-in-low requires that we do our job quickly, because she don’t like mess. Our father-in-law wants that we do our job well, because he don’t want to repair anything after us. In this case, our clients have different expectations which might cause conflicts. Unfortunately they’re both right and we have a quite big problem ;) To solve this problem we need to understand our needs. Understanding is more than knowing.
The commitment is a measure of activity of team members during some project, measured by whole team. A team is a group of people, with common goal, who know and understand their needs and expectations. A team is a group of people who try to meet all expectations established during its lifetime. Involved people have ideas and try to solve their problems. Uninvolved people have duties and stop because of the problems.