Agile Adoption Strategies: November 2011 Survey Results

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How to Measure Anything 2nd Edition This survey was performed during the month of November 2011 and there was 168 respondents. I co-designed this survey with Paul Gorans, the lead of the Accelerated Solution Delivery (ASD) practice within IBM Global Services. The survey was announced in on several agile mailing lists, on my Twitter feed.

The Survey Results

Some findings, which are described in detail in my January 2011 DDJ column entitled How to Adopt Agile Successfully, include:

Figure 1. Project success and size of agile teams (# IT people).

Success and agile team size


Figure 2. Project success and geographic distribution of agile teams.

Success rate and geographic distribution of agile teams


Figure 3. Potential environmental accelerators to agile adoption and project success.

Potential environmental accelerators to agile adoption

Figure 4. Potential management and governance accelerators to agile adoption and project success.

Potential management and governance accelerators to agile adoption

Figure 5. Potential impediments to agile adoption and project success.

Potential impediments to agile adoption



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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. People didn't know the purpose of the survey, so that likely removed some bias.
  2. 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. 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.
  3. I think that it's a good thing to do and I invite others to do the same.


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