What Does Agile Mean to Organization’s Today?
Four Findings from Voke’s Study
Last week I wrote a blog post entitled Agile Dominance: Fact or Fiction? It quickly rose to the top of our most popular posts. Normally my blogging partner Steven Starke would be doing this weeks post but right on the heels of last weeks post I was sent an article from the Software Development Times. I want to thank Jon Gettinger, CMO at Accept Software for sending it my way.
The article highlights key findings from a recent study that analyst firm Voke conducted entitled “Market Snapshot Report on Agile Realities.” In fact, the article by Suzanne Kattau recapping the findings was interesting enough that I asked Steven if I could do this weeks post. He was kind enough to let me. The information that Voke published dovetails nicely with my post from last week and helps to round out the findings from our own global study. Here are some of the key findings from Voke’s study.
- Agile development is often assumed to be faster, better, and cheaper than Waterfall – but often proves otherwise.
- Many organizations are immersing themselves in Agile without a clear understanding of what it is and the organizational impact of adopting iterative incremental methodologies.
- Interestingly, the study finds that the cost of Agile software projects are rising significantly.
- Finally, organizations commonly embrace Agile but don’t have a consistent definition of what Agile is. Over 50% of the 200 respondents had a unique definition of what Agile is!