Is Agile Accountability an Oxymoron?

by Dwight Kingdon

Despite what some people may think, accountability and Agile are not mutually exclusive.

How does your organization incorporate accountability? Is it part of your organization’s value statement or part of your enterprise culture? Most companies and leaders I’ve worked with (Agile or otherwise) are not very good with accountability. Most are either too lenient (they rarely hold people responsible for their actions or inactions) or they are too micro-managing (they manage their team so closely that people are never given a chance to demonstrate ownership).

  • The Daily Stand-up helps make everyone accountable by providing visibility and transparency on work the team has agreed to do. It shows individual accountability to the team, and team accountability to the sprint commitment.
  • As servant leaders, Scrum Masters are accountable. They admit their mistakes openly and they are open and accountable to others for their role in the things that were not successful.
  • Team members are mutually accountable not only to each other for what they said they would do, but also for holding each other accountable to their team working agreement.

Agile Alliance is a nonprofit global member organization, supporting and serving the Agile community since 2001. AgileAlliance.org

Agile Alliance is a nonprofit global member organization, supporting and serving the Agile community since 2001. AgileAlliance.org