Agile Teams Mini-Survey
Some findings include:
- Figure 1 depicts the various job titles of the
leader of an agile team. It was interesting to note that Project
Manager was more common than Scrum master.
- 68% of respondents with agile experience indicated that their agile team
had to interact with one or more non-agile teams at some point.
- When the agile team had to work with a non-agile team,
Figure 2 depicts the breakdown of which teams they
worked with were considered non agile.
- Of the agile teams that had a Project Manager in the lead role, 50% felt
that their PMO worked in a non-agile manner.
Figure 1. What is the job title of the leader of
your agile team?
Figure 2. What non-agile teams is it common for
agile teams to work 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 asked about architecture teams as well as operations teams
in the question about having to work with non-agile teams. Several people
indicated operations/support in the Other category.
- There was only three questions, the first one to determine if the
respondent had agile experience. Figure 1 and Figure 2 represent my
analysis of the data, so I haven't produced a summary deck as a result.
- One respondent indicated that a Scrum Master is only a facilitator, not
a lead position. So, in a future survey I suspect I should rework the
third question to reflect this potential issue.
- 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.