When we establish Agile Teams we ask that Teams create a name, and that name reflects something meaningful to the Team Members. Why do we do this? Wouldn't it be easier if we just called the Team based on what they do? What's wrong with “the Database server team”.
The main reason we establish a Team name is so we can establish a Team identity and start the process of building a real Team; a group of people with a common goal, holding each other mutually accountable.
Think about it for a moment. My favorite college football team is “Alabama” (don't groan - stay with me here - add in your favorite sports team if it makes you feel better). Do we called it the “Alabama University College Football Club”. Well I am sure someone does. But most know it better as the “Crimson Tide”. It has a catch call - “roll tide”. It has an identity independent of what the people on the Team does.
Teams at work are no different. Team naming helps to establish Team identity. They are a source of pride. They are often fun and so contribute to engagement. They help Team members become accountable to each other and support bonding.
To establish a Team naming approach in your organization, you will probably need to set up some “acceptance criteria” both for the organization and the Team: