IT Project Success Rates by
Team Size and Paradigm:
Results from the July 2010 State of the IT Union
The survey results are summarized in my July 2010 Agile Update entitled
2010 IT Project Success Rates.
Some findings include:
- Compared with two years ago: 40% of respondents indicated that teams are getting smaller , 38% indicated team size remains the same, and 18% indicated that team size is increasing
- Figure 1 depicts the perceived agile project
success rates by team size.
- Figure 2 summarizes the perceived success rates
for the four paradigms by team size.
- To reflect team size, 57% of respondents
indicated that they vary their team organization strategy, 51% indicated
that their organization tailors their software process, 35% indicated that
their organization change their tooling strategy, and 28% indicated that
their senior management varies their governance strategy
Figure 1. Perceived agile success rates by team
Figure 2: IT Project success rates by paradigm.
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.
- People didn't know the purpose of the survey, so that likely removed
some bias. My strategy for the DDJ surveys is to send out a short
survey every two months entitled "State of the IT Union, DATE" but to not
indicate what the topic of the survey actually is (other than an IT topic of
- This survey suffers from the
fundamental challenges faced by all surveys.
Links to Other Articles/Surveys
- My other 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.