Agile Adoption: An Update

Agile Adoption: An Update

on Feb 18, 10 • by Todd Landry • with 1 Comment

So awhile back, I was begging for some good statistics on Agile adoption, since at that time, there really wasn’t anything substantial to sink your teeth into. Well, a new report from Forrester came across my desk, and it helped to strengthen what most people believe…that Agile processes have overtaken...

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So awhile back, I was begging for some good statistics on Agile adoption, since at that time, there really wasn’t anything substantial to sink your teeth into. Well, a new report from Forrester came across my desk, and it helped to strengthen what most people believe…that Agile processes have overtaken Waterfall as the development methodology of choice. In this report, which cites information gathered from a Q3 2009 survey of IT professionals, it states that 35% of respondents said that Agile most closely reflected their development process, while waterfall processes came in at 13%. I would even argue that iterative development could possibly be included in the Agile bucket, not because it is full-fledged Agile, but it is a baby-step in Agile’s direction. Perhaps I’m stretching things there…

Secondly, the data supports the fact that people are adopting the aspects of Agile that work for them and there’s no monolithic Agile implementation approach, something that is consistent with the many Agile teams I’ve spoken to over the last 3 ½ years or so. I’d be curious to know how many teams out there are doing , say, Scrum “by the book”…if there is such a thing.

Finally, the other thing that the report hinted at, that I have seen firsthand, is that while most organizations are not completely Agile today, they almost all have some groups that are. I honestly believe that the percentage of organizations that have small pockets of groups doing Agile development is very high…perhaps in the 80s or 90s. I don’t have any hard data on this point, this is more of a gut-feel, but I would be interested to hear from our readers as to what they think.

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