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Agile Project Types Mini-Survey Results: June 2011

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Beautiful Teams This survey was performed the first two weeks of June 2011 and there were 168 respondents. The survey was announced on several agile LinkedIn discussion forums and by me via Twitter. The goal was to find out from agile developers the types of projects their organizations were, and weren't, applying agile on.

The Survey Results

Some findings include:

Figure 1. The types of projects people are applying agile techniques on.

Agile Project Types

Figure 2. When are organizations doing a certain type of project yet still haven't applied agile on?

Non-adoption rates


Survey questions

The Survey Questions

Survey Data File

Raw Data

Survey Presentation

Summary Presentation

What You May Do With This Information

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 contact me with questions. Better yet, if you publish, please let me know so I can link to your work.

Discussion of the Results

  1. This survey suffers from the fundamental challenges faced by all surveys.
  2. Because the survey was announced on agile lists, there is a clear bias towards organizations doing agile. Therefore these figures should not be used to calculate overall adoption of agile techniques.

Why Share This Much Information?

I'm sharing the results, and in particular the source data, of my surveys for several reasons:

  1. 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 articles/papers.
  2. Once I've published my column summarizing the data in DDJ, I really don't have any reason not to share the information.
  3. 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.
  4. I think that it's a good thing to do and I invite others to do the same.