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Agile State of the Art - November 2010 Survey Results

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How to Measure Anything 2nd Edition This survey was performed during the month of October and early November 2010 and there was 180 respondents. The survey was announced in on several agile mailing lists, on my Twitter feed, and on the Agile Alliance forum on LinkedIn.

The Survey Results

Some findings include:

Figure 1. Amount of experience with agile on "agile teams".

Amount of team experience in agile

Figure 2. Iteration lengths for experienced agile teams.

Average iteration length for experienced agile teams

Figure 3. Amount of time experienced agile teams invested in releasing/transitioning their solution into production.

Average length to transition/release into production for experienced agile teams


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. People didn't know the purpose of the survey, so that likely removed some bias.
  2. This survey suffers from the fundamental challenges faced by all surveys.

Links to Other Articles/Surveys

  1. My other surveys

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. 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.
  3. I think that it's a good thing to do and I invite others to do the same.