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:
- The RUP Book got to chapter 3 before it even mentioned people. Then it spent the rest of the book telling "Workers" how to do their jobs in very minute detail. (And yes, even within the iterations, the waterfall lives.)
- I looked for the word "Responsibility" (Verwantwortung) in the index of both books. I didn't find it.
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: