Getting the people aspects of delivery is important for any methodology, but rarely is it as important as it is for Agile.
Everything about Agile’s approach to people is different. In place of a hierarchy of roles, Agile organises people into loose, self-organising networks of flexible, multi-skilled individuals. The roles these individuals play are well defined, but they can never be reduced to the formalised, bureaucratic structure of responsibilities that traditional delivery processes create.
Indeed, Agile assumes that ‘responsibility’ arises not because it’s your assigned job to be responsible for this or that, but because, as a disciplined and committed professional, you actively seek out responsibility – above all responsibility for successful delivery.
It is a very different approach, so making sure that you really understand the Agile strategy for organisation, roles and responsibilities is extremely worthwhile.