Accountable and responsible

Last post 04:52 pm September 29, 2020
by Kim MIles
3 replies
12:48 pm September 26, 2020

What is the difference between accountable and responsible?

10:07 pm September 28, 2020

Someone who is responsible for something is the person who is expected or obligated to do that thing. Someone who is accountable is expected to ensure that the work is done and done correctly or must justify or face the consequences if it is not.

The word "accountable" is used once in the 2017 Scrum Guide. The word "responsible" is used 7 times. Is there a particular point of confusion between accountability and responsibility?

10:11 pm September 28, 2020

Sometimes the people who do the work (i.e. those responsible) are not answerable (i.e. accountable) for the outcome.

I'd suggest that, in agile practice, any such difference ought to be minimized.

07:10 am September 29, 2020

Thanks for the suggestion! I also researched some blogs and articles and found an answer in this blog