The 10th annual State of Agile™ brings interesting results of a survey conducted with close to 4000 participants from a wide range of industries in the global software development community – discover the highlights
VersionOne, enterprise software company specialized in agile management tools, released their 10th annual State of Agile survey conducted between July and November, 2015. VersioneOne interviewed 3880 participants on key concepts: adoption of Agile, Agile teams and maturity, Agile benefits , methods and practices, success and metrics and most used tools. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most interesting findings.
The first noteworthy statistics comes from the number of respondents in very large organizations with more than 20,000 people that continues to rise, 24% or 4% more than in 2014. When compared to 2006, nearly two-thirds of the survey respondents said they worked in software organizations of fewer than 100 people. The locations of the companies is mainly in North America (56%), Europe (26%) and Asia (11%), and when it comes to industries most respondents worked for software/ISV companies (26%), followed by financial services (14%) and professional services organizations (11%); most of the respondents are project/program managers, development staff and development leaders, followed by scrum masters and coaches.
Company Experience with Agile
While 33% of respondents said they had 5+ years of agile experience, they reported that the organizations within which they worked had less experience – only 25% of organizations had been using agile for five or more years. Furthermore, 43% of respondents worked in development organizations where the majority of their teams are agile. It is interesting to notice that only 4% of respondents work in a completely traditional/non-agile development organization, compared to the 2009 report, in which one third of the respondents worked in companies with two teams or less practicing agile.
As the main reasons for adopting Agile we find the possibility to accelerate product delivery and enhance their ability to manage changing priorities, increase in productivity and enhancement of software quality
and delivery predictability.
Top Benefits of Agile
The benefits of implementing Agile remain the same in the passed 5 years: ability to manage changing priorities, increased team productivity and improved project visibility.
Here is the full list of agile benefits, as pointed out by the survey participants.
Agile Methods & Practices
The most used Agile methodology is Scrum, far ahead all the others, with 58 %, followed by Scrum/XP Hybrid, Custom Hybrid, Scrumban and Kanban.
Top 5 most used Agile techniques are daily standup meetings, prioritized backlogs, short iterations, retrospectives and iterations planning.
Agile Success And Metrics
What are the Leading causes of failed agile projects? The report finds that dominant reasons are the company culture that fails to adapt to core agile values, lack of experience with Agile and lack of management support for cultural transition.
One of the crucial questions was how the success is measured, and first 3 answers, confirmed the previous Report results: on-time delivery of projects, product quality, and customer/user satisfaction.
This has been the summary of the most interesting data but be sure to download the full Report available at stateofagile.versionone.com.