When I present Scrum to customers, I often hear, “yes but we do RUP, that’s iterative, so it’s Agile, right?”
I spent some time looking at “Project Management with Rational Unified Process” by Gerhard Vergsteen (in original German) and “Projektmanager”, published by the German Society for Project Management. Two thoughts:
I just gave a presentation on Scrum to a group of potential customers in the public sector, one of whom believed quite strongly that good people make good product managers, regardless of the methodology. He’s absolutely right on one point. People make projects succeed, not methodologies. And a bad project leader can screw up a project under any methodology.
But Scrum emphasizes people and their responsibilities & committments to each other. It doesn’t tell them what to do, but ensures procedurally that if everyone plays by the rules, all the necessary information will become available as quickly as possible so people can do their jobs optimally.
I am now a much better project leader thanks to Scrum. Scrum helped me discover my capabilities.
So I believe methodology and frameworks do make a difference and that Scrum brings out the best in the people on the project.
Update: May 28: