(Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto and Humber College, Serrador Project Management) actually performed quantitative analysis on a worldwide survey of 1,386 projects. 6% of these projects were 80-100% agile in nature, many of the projects did incorporate a number of agile characteristics or were labeled hybrid compared to classic / non-agile projects.
— JVIM (@jvimnl) September 15, 2016
Some findings of Does Agile Work? (2015) are intuitive, some counterintuitive. Some myths are busted, others are confirmed by the respondents.
- Do agile projects plan upfront? Not necessarily more than other projects.
- Are agile projects more successful? Yes, from a stakeholder perspective. No, from an efficiency (time, costs) perspective. Overall, agile projects were 15% more successful on a 5 point scale ranging from not at all to a full yes.
- Are agile projects more successful in certain regions? Yes, success is significantly high in the Americas, India, Russia and FSU. Europe is lagging.
- Is agile better in small teams? Yes.
- Is agile better in complex projects? Yes.
- Does agile need co-located teams? No.
- Is agile only useful in high-tech projects? No.
- Does agile need good stakeholder engagement? Yes, although ‘very engaged’ doesn’t contribute much to the project’s success compared to ‘engaged’.
- Does agile need highly experienced teams? No, a mid-level experience is better.
- Does agile need a clear project vision? Yes, but uncertainties are needed as well.
— HenkJan van der Klis (@hjvanderklis) September 15, 2016