2014 Agile Adoption Survey Results

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How to Measure Anything This survey was performed during February 13 to March 24 2014 until under the title "2014 Agile Adoption Mini-Survey" and there was 114 respondents. The survey was announced in my October 2013 DDJ artcile, on the Ambysoft announcements list, my Twitter feed, and several LinkedIn discussion forums (Disciplined Agile Delivery, Agile and Lean Software Development, Agile CMMI, and Scrum Practitioners ).

The Survey Results

Some findings include:


Figure 1. What's challenging when you're adopting agile?

IT Project Success Rates


Figure 2. What's important when you're adopting agile?

Importance of issues to agile adoption


Figure 3. How successful are transitions to agile ways of working?

Importance of issues to agile adoption




Downloads

Survey questions

The Survey Questions

Survey Data File

Raw Data

Survey Presentation

Summary Presentation



What You May Do With This Information

You may use this data as you see fit, but may not sell it in whole or in part. You may publish summaries of the findings, but if you do so you must reference the survey accordingly (include the name and the URL to this page). Feel free to contact me with questions. Better yet, if you publish, please let me know so I can link to your work.


Discussion of the Results

  1. This survey suffers from the fundamental challenges faced by all surveys.

Links to Other Articles/Surveys

  1. My other surveys

Why Share This Much Information?

I'm sharing the results, and in particular the source data, of my surveys for several reasons:

  1. Other people can do a much better job of analysis than I can. If they publish online, I am more than happy to include links to their articles/papers.
  2. Once I've published my column summarizing the data in DDJ, I really don't have any reason not to share the information.
  3. Too many traditionalists out there like to use the "where's the proof" question as an excuse not to adopt agile techniques. By providing some evidence that a wide range of organizations seem to be adopting these techniques maybe we can get them to rethink things a bit.
  4. I think that it's a good thing to do and I invite others to do the same.