What did we discover?
Agile is increasingly being adopted and applied across a large number of industries. Almost 70% of project professionals in our survey claim they will implement more agile in their projects in the future. Not surprisingly, software development and IT implementation remain the most common types of projects where agile is applied. Agile has also been significantly adopted in new product development, organisational changes, business operations, and new service development.
For many organisations, agile is relatively new. Among the organisations surveyed, only a small proportion have organisational agile project experience of more than five years. Neither organisational competency nor cultural readiness is fully developed yet, with only 15% of respondents claiming a high level of competency for their organisation and 20% having a high level of cultural readiness. However, most participants (68%) consider agile methods promising and aim to adopt agile in their future projects.
Seven key benefits of agile
- Enhance quality
- Enhance ability to manage priorities
- Shorten delivery time
- Improve customer satisfaction
- Reduce risk in changing environments
- Increase project visibility
- Improve team morale and productivity
Effectiveness and success of agile
Agile is overwhelming recognised as beneficial for successful project delivery and project team performance. Data gathered proves that agile methods positively affect project performance, and the adoption of agile methods provides significant improvements for project and project organisations.
Agile barriers and challenges
Adopting agile is not always straightforward and does not necessarily provide consistent benefits, regardless of how well it is applied. Implementing agile requires a series of changes to organisation structure and management at both project and organisation levels: