IT Governance and Project Management Survey Results

from the July 2009 DDJ State of the IT Union Survey

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How to Measure Anything 2nd Edition This survey was performed the last week of June and the first week of July 2009 and there was 125 respondents. The survey was announced in my June 2009 DDJ newsletter, RFPs the Agile Way, and in Jon Erickson's blog.

The Survey Results

The survey results are summarized in my July 2009 Agile Update entitled Lies, Great Lies, and Software Development Project Plans and my upcoming August 2009 newsletter (it's focus will be on IT governance issues such as development guidelines).

Some findings include:

Figure 1. Development team's approach to following coding conventions.

Common coding convention application

Figure 2. Perceived relationship between development teams and data groups.

Figure 3. Perceived effectiveness of IT governance programs.

Effectiveness of IT Governance


Survey questions

The Survey Questions (100K)

Survey Data File

Raw Data (66 K)

Survey Presentation

Summary Presentation (246 K)

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. I was disappointed with the low number of respondents. I suspect that the timing of the survey, I sent it out in late June when many North Americans and Europeans are on summer vacation, had an impact
  2. The agile adoption rate of 76% is likely high due to the fact that we announced the survey via my monthly Agile newsletter.
  3. People didn't know the purpose of the survey, so that likely removed some bias.
  4. 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.

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