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May 26 (former CollabNet VersionOne) released the new 14th State of Agile. The survey involved 1,121 respondents, 59% of whom are located outside of North America.

Scrum masters and internal coaches predominate among the respondents.

Source: 14th annual State of Agile survey

Culture still decides
The main challenges of Agile adaptation and scaling are related to the organizational culture.

Scrum and SAFE lead the way
75% of respondents use SCRUM or hybrids, and 35% use SAFE for scaling.

Agile increases transparency and readiness for change
As in the previous year, the ability to manage changing priorities and increase project transparency are among the key benefits of Agile adaptation.

What has changed a lot in a year

26% named the reduction in the cost of projects as the key reason for the adaptation of Agile. This is 15% less than a year earlier (it was 41%).

34% of respondents called the ability to see and assess risks before something rolls out in the prod, very important. This is 12% more than a year earlier.

28% of respondents called compliance very valuable, which is 18% more than a year earlier.

Reasons for adapting Agile

Although the leading causes have not changed, the focus this year has shifted from cutting costs (26% versus 41% a year earlier) risk reduction (37% vs. 28%).

Top 5 Reasons to Adapt Agile:
1. accelerate software delivery-71%,
2. improve the ability to manage priorities-63%,
3. increase productivity-51%,
4. increase business/IT consistency-47%,
5. improve software quality-42%.

Source: 14th annual State of Agile survey

Methodologies and techniques

Scrum and its hybrids are still the most common framework.

Source: 14th annual State of Agile survey

Top 5 agile techniques used:
1. stand-up-85%,
2. retrospectives-81%
3. iteration/sprint planning-79%,
4. sprint/iteration review-77%,
5. short iterations-67%.

Source: 14th annual State of Agile survey

Agile Scaling

The most popular framework for Agile scaling remains SAFe.

Source: 14th annual State of Agile survey

Obstacles to Agile adaptation

The main problems are related to the culture of the organization:

resistance to change — 48%,
lack of involvement of leaders-46%,
inconsistency of processes and practices among teams-45%.

Source: 14th annual State of Agile survey

Agile project management tools

"Respondents listed a myriad of tools for managing agile projects." Note that old Excel is in an honorable second place.

Source: 14th annual State of Agile survey

The full version of the report can be viewed here.

Jake Kasinski

Jake Kasinski

Enterprise Agile Transformation Coach, Trainer, Consultant