Highlights from the 10th State of Agile Report

Version One has released the results they have compiled from survey respondents and published their findings in the tenth annual State of Agile Report.

I’ve provided a summary below of some of the key findings (note that the percentages represent the data compiled based on surveys received from 3,380 survey respondents, and for most questions, respondents could choose multiple options):

The top three benefits of adopting agile have remained steady for the past five years:

  • Manage changing priorities (87%)
  • Team productivity (85%)
  • Project visibility (84%)

The top barriers to further agile adoption (in essence, resistance to continuous improvement) continue to remain consistent:+

  • Ability to change organizational culture (55 %)
  • General organizational resistance to change (42 %)

The top three measures of Agile success have also remained consistent:

  • On-time delivery (58 %)
  • Product quality (48 %)
  • Customer/user satisfaction (46%) (which is tied for third with Business value)

Scrum or a Scrum/XP hybrid continue to be the most popular of the Agile approaches that are followed most closely:

  • Scrum (58 %)
  • Scrum/XP hybrid (10 %)
  • Custom hybrid (8 %)
  • Custom hybrid — multiple approaches (8 %)
  • Scrumban (7 %)
  • Kanban (5 %)

Top scaling approaches:

  • Scrum of Scrums (72 %)
  • Scaleable Agile Framework (SAFe) (27 %) ++
  • Internally created methods (17 %)

Top five tips for successfully scaling Agile:

  • Consistent process and practices (43 %)
  • Implementation of a common tool across teams (40 %)
  • Agile consultants or trainers (40 %)
  • Executive sponsorship (37 %)
  • Internal Agile support team (35 %)

The number of people working on distributed teams has grown rapidly:

  • 2016 survey: 82 percent report having some distributed teams
  • 2013 survey: 35 percent reported having some distributed teams

(+) Not only have these been consistent as the top barriers to further agile adoption, their overall percentages have also increased over the years that that the survey has been given.

(++) There was a large increase in SAFe usage over the past year, growing from 19 % to 27 %, which moved it from third place to second place.

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