Agile teams form the building blocks for agility. Having strong agile teams allows an organization to overcome systemic issues and adapt the product development process to the needs of the business. Agile teams that are not self-organizing and continually learning can quickly become subsumed by the challenges around them. So what does it mean for a team to be agile? We look at the fundamental characteristics of high performing teams, and how to influence the team environment and selection in order to initiate a team for success.