Posted by Tom Grant on November 8, 2011
From: Forrester Analysts Tom Grant and Diego Lo Giudice
To: App dev and delivery practitioners, especially ones with Agile experience
Re: It’s time for us to take another look at the value adoption, and we’re inviting you to join our survey
Starting around 2009, Agile moved into the mainstream of software development methodologies with startling speed. Today, Forrester’s data shows approximately 38% of developers have adopted Agile across a wide range of industries. The demand for Agile is so great that it has broken through many potential barriers, including ones such as compliance. As year-to-year growth of Agile adoption continues, it’s clear that a lot of teams are seeing a lot of value in Agile. But what kind of value? In some of our earlier surveys about Agile, it was clear that velocity was only one of several perceived benefits.
For example, Scrum is far and away the most widely adopted flavor of Agile. Scrum focuses on how teams organize themselves and how they organize their work. For teams that have struggled to make accurate estimates or adapt to changes to the backlog, the attraction of Scrum isn’t just velocity.
The mixing of Scrum with other methodologies is a sign that development teams measure the benefits of Agile across a variety of dimensions. For example, the increasing popularity of Kanban, often as a mechanism for collaborating with people outside the development team, shows how teams are looking at “Agile plus something” as a path to improved combination and that magical experience of “flow” we read about so much recently.
This deeper look into value is the next step in our research about Agile. What do teams want from Agile? How many of these benefits are universal, and which depend a great deal on team size, offshoring, type of project, and other factors?
We plan on using the results to help app dev teams better explain the potential value of Agile to stakeholders outside their team. Executives need to know that “ship code faster” is not the only measure of Agile success. Business users need to understand that they have an active part to play in the success of Agile, measured as delivering more successfully the software they want. As metrics are all the rage these days, organizations need to apply the right ones to identify the real value of Agile.
The three main areas of this survey include the following:
- What are the true benefits of Agile — expected and achieved?
- How are these benefits connected to the ways in which organizations adopt Agile and the business problems these organizations face?
- What specifically does Agile improve to bring about these results.
Thanks again for your contribution. For participating in the survey, we will provide you with a copy of the final results. Many thanks in advance for your participation, and once again, here is the link to the survey.
— Diego and Tom