SOA Patterns > Basics > SOA Planning > Four Pillars of Service-Orientation > Discipline
A critical success factor for any SOA initiative is consistency in how knowledge and practices amongst a cooperative team are used and applied. To be successful as a whole, team members must therefore be disciplined in how they apply their knowledge and in how they carry out their respective roles. Required measures of discipline are commonly expressed in methodology, modeling, and design standards, as well as governance precepts. Even with the best intentions, an educated and cooperative team will fail without discipline.