Agile Teams Mini-Survey
Some findings include:
- Figure 1 depicts the range in size of agile
teams. The average team size was 17.0 members, although when the two
outliers (teams over 100 members) are excluded it drops to 10.1 members.
- Figure 2 depicts the range in location of agile
teams - 47% were co-located, 23% near located (same floor, building, or
campus or within driving distance), and 30% far-located.
- Figure 3 depicts the range in location of
stakeholders of agile teams - 9% were co-located with the team, 56% near
located, and 35% far located. Although few stakeholders were
co-located with the dev team (contrary to common agile rhetoric) a sizable
majority were near located indicating the possibility of regular
- Figure 4 depicts the frequency of communication
that agile teams have with stakeholders - 58% indicated at least daily
communication and an additional 36% indicated at least weekly communication.
So, there's room for opportunity but for the most part agile dev teams are
regularly interacting with stakeholders, as per common agile claims.
- Figure 5 depicts the techniques used to
communicate with stakeholders of agile teams.
Figure 1. The size of agile teams.
Figure 2. The location of agile development team
Figure 3. The location of stakeholders of agile
Figure 4. The frequency of communication with
Figure 5. Techniques used to communicate with
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
with questions. Better yet, if you publish,
please let me know so I can link to your work.
- I wish I had broken up the team size of 10-15 option into single digit
options. I didn't expect so many people to be working in teams of this
size. Live and learn.
- This survey suffers from the
fundamental challenges faced by all surveys.
Why Share This Much Information?
I'm sharing the results, and in particular the source data, of my surveys for
- 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
- Once I've published my column summarizing the data in DDJ, I really
don't have any reason not to share the information.
- 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.
- I think that it's a good thing to do and I invite others to do the same.