Agile methods rely on people (!)

I’ve come across a couple of references lately that state that aglile methods won’t scale because they are people-centric — they rely on highly-skilled, people who are capable of working together to produce software.

When has this not been true?

Any method or process will fail when it’s applied without consideration of the context and the capabilities of the people doing the work. (A recent riff on that theme here.)

I suppose the positive aspect of these curious (to me) statements is that at least some people are resisting seeing agile methods as the latest silver bullet. (Picture Esther making a generous interpretation.)