Execution means that having a date and hitting it is the most important thing for a well-functioning team (editorial note: a ship date is a date, like January 15, not a quarter or month, which are 90 or 30 ship dates).
Functional versus Unit Organizations
Steven Sinofsky

Precise observation in a time where Lean Startup and Agile principles are dominating, generating the “we are not a date driven team” viewpoint for some engineering teams. There is a balance to everything.

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