Some findings include:
- Figure 1 lists the top 10 agile practices which are believed to be most effective.
- Figure 2 lists the top 10 agile practices which are believed to be easiest to learn.
- Figure 3 lists the top 10 agile practices which are believed to be hardest to learn.
- Figure 4 lists the top 8 agile practices which were most likely to be tried and then abandoned.
- Figure 5 lists the top 10 agile practices which people want to adopt but have not yet done.
- Figure 6 shows that 68% of people indicated that their agile teams were of size 10 people or less. Some people indicated that they were working on agile teams with hundreds of IT people involved. Team size is one of several way of working (WoW) tailoring factors.
- Figure 7 shows that 33% of respondents indicated that their projects had to conform to regulatory compliance. Regulatory compliance is one of several way of working (WoW) tailoring factors.
- Figure 8 shows that 9% indicated that they were working on projects that were CMMI compliant. It is possible to take an “agile CMMI” approach.
- Figure 9 shows that 42% of teams were co-located, the rest had some form of geographical distribution. Geographical distribution is one of several way of working (WoW) tailoring factors.
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.
- I’m disappointed in the response rate being only 123 people. I suspect that the agile community has become tired of being surveyed constantly.
- The question about org size was misworded. As a result I suspect that most people answered what their team size was, particularly because the answers were very similar to that given for the question where I actually asked about team size and because previous surveys had very different answers for org size.
- 8 people dropped off at question #7, which asked about what phase (Initiation, construction, release, production,…) your agile project was in. “Phase” is a dirty word among some extremists, even though it’s exceptionally obvious that agile projects go through phases (oops, I mean they exhibit rhythms), and it’s disappointing that that many people would quit the survey just because I used terminology which goes against their “agile sensibilities”.
- Different people find different practices easy to learn vs. hard to learn. So, there’s an overlap in figures 2 and 3 as a result. This was expected to happen.
- This survey suffers from the fundamental challenges faced by all surveys.
I’m sharing the results, and in particular the source data, of my surveys for several reasons:
- 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.
- 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.