Results from the May 2011 DDJ State of the IT Union
The survey results are summarized in
The Fine Art of Ignoring Stakeholders.
Some findings include:
- Figure 1 explores how software development define
their project stakeholders. There's definitely room for improvement
- Figure 2 reveals adoption rates of various
requirements elicitation techniques. These results are inline with
previous surveys which explored
modeling and documentation strategies and
agile project initiation strategies.
- Figure 3 summarizes the types of requirements
artifacts being generated by software development teams.
Figure 1. Who do software development teams consider
to be stakeholders?
Figure 2. How do teams elicit requirements?
Figure 3. What types of requirements artifacts are
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.