There is a team which commits to 10 features but ends up delivering 11 features. In the next release cycle (Scrum practitioners: read sprint), the same team commits to 11 features and ends up delivering 12.
Now consider this…
Another (a very similar) team commits to 15 features and delivers 12. And in the next time release, commits to 18 and delivers 14.
Leaving all other factors aside – which of these two teams is performing better ?
When you see these teams in isolation, it’s very easy to appreciate Team #1 but Team#2 will appear as a continuously under-delivering team. But the perception changes, when you juxtapose the two teams and compare them – Team #2 stands out as the winner.
You get what you measure.If you measure commitment- that’s what you will get. If you measure productivity- you will get that instead. So my question to you is-
Do you value commitment more than productivity ?